History

Simul International was launched as Japan’s first group of international conference interpreters in 1965, just as Japan was turning its attention to the wider world. Since then, it has supported international communication through high-quality interpreting, translation, and international conference services.

Simul Academy was established in 1980 to train interpreters and translators. It has contributed to the development of interpreters and translators working across the fields of politics, business, and culture.

In 1998 Simul embarked on a fresh start as a subsidiary of Benesse Corporation, securing a more solid foundation for the company. It has since grown to become a provider of comprehensive interpreting and translation services. In 2001 it established Simul Business Communications, which offers language specialist staffing services, and in 2003 it launched Simul Technical Communications, which specializes in interpreting equipment.

Simul will continue to enhance its interpreting and translation services as a company linking people and countries.

Brief chronology

1965 Simul International, Inc., is established.
1969 Simul gains national recognition for its simultaneous interpreting for the television coverage of the Apollo 11 moon landing.
1975 Simul Interpreter School (the predecessor of Simul Academy) is founded. Simul provides interpreting for the Rambouillet Summit, the first of many summit conferences supported by Simul’s interpreting services.
1977 Simul International receives the Japan Foundation Special Prize for its contribution to international exchange.
1980 Simul Academy is established.
1982 Simul Academy’s Osaka School opens.
1985 Simul International is awarded the Minister for Foreign Affairs Prize for its contribution to international relations.
1998 Simul provides interpreters and staff for the Nagano Winter Olympic Games.
Simul becomes a wholly owned subsidiary of Benesse Corporation.
2000 Simul Business Communications, Inc. (SBC) is established and commences personnel-dispatching services.
2003 Simul Technical Communications, Inc. (STC) is established.
2005 Simul provides support for the establishment of the Center for the Advancement of Interpreting Skills (CAIS), a non-profit organization.
2011 LinkTrans Simul, Inc. (LTS) is established.
2015 Simul celebrates its 50th anniversary.
2018 LTS is amalgamated into Simul International to offer an expanded range of translation services.