株式会社アドアストラ

What is Adastra?

Our company name is derived from the Latin phrase ad astra per aspera, meaning “through hardships, to the stars.” Adastra was founded in 2014 by Mikico Tashima and Jason Morgan. We were hoping to avoid the hardships mentioned in the Weren’t expecting as much hardship when we started our company in 2014, but little did we know of the hardships that awaited us.

In 2016, our third year in business, Kumamoto was struck by a series of powerful earthquakes that damaged much of the city and left Kumamoto Castle in a significant state of disrepair. Much of our tourism work had to be put on hold and we struggled, but survived to grow as a company.

Then, in 2020, COVID-19 spread around the world and interrupted demand for multilingual services as both international trade and tourism were deeply affected by the pandemic. But, as we did with the Kumamoto Earthquakes, we intend to work hard to overcome this hardship and keep our sights set ever higher.

Our Strengths

Communication

We listen to what our clients need and offer advice that goes above and beyond what our clients expect.

People

We are a small company with a large network of linguists, meaning we are able to work flexibly and quickly while handling projects both large and small.

Local

Almost all of our linguists currently live or have lived in Kumamoto. This means we understand the culture, geography, and people of Kumamoto much better than national-level agencies.

Quality

We make sure every translation is done by a native speaker of the target language, and the translated document is checked again by a separate linguist before delivery to the client.

Know-How

We have decades of experience and have done everything from translating personal letters to entire books. We have done one-off, one-person phone interpretation work and we have organized 60+ linguists for massive business expos. There's very little we can't handle.

Adaptability

Our past experience plays a big part in how we operate, but we are extremely flexible to the needs of our clients and the goals of each project.

Our Team

Four people make up our core team. Our strength lies in our network of 60+ linguists, most of whom are located in Kumamoto.

Mikico Tashima

Representative Director

Jason Morgan

Representative Director

Ai Mominoki

Project Management & Sales

Satoko Anai

Accounting

15 Languages

Network of over 60 linguists

Locally Focused

Company Overview

Company Name (Japanese):

株式会社アドアストラ

Company Name (English):

Adastra Co., Ltd.

Address:

Kai Bldg. 2F, Kuhonji 1-7-44, Chuo-ku, Kumamoto, Japan 862-0976 Email: info@adastra.co.jp Phone: 096-321-6115

Directors:

Mikico Tashima (Representative Director), Jason Morgan (Representative Director) Founded on: 1/14/2014

Scope of Business:

Translation, interpretation, inbound tourism, local coordination, web/printed material design, consulting

Some of our clients

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