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Ruth Elaine South McCreery, American, Japanese translator. Certified Interuniversity Center for Japanese Studies. Sumitomo fellow Yale University, 1977-1980; Japan Foundation fellow, 1980-1981.


McCreery, Ruth Elaine South was born on July 4, 1946 in Lafayette, Indiana, United States. Daughter of Russell Lee and Kathryn Jane (Boord) South.


Bachelor, Reed College, 1968. Master of Arts, Yale University, 1976.


Translator Japan Translation Center, Tokyo, 1982-1985. President The Word Works Ltd., Yokohama, Japan, since 1985. Copywriter Wacom Less Is More Campaign, 1988 (Federal Communications Commission Ad Contest 1989).

Member organizing committee International Japan-English Translation Conference, 1990, 92.


  • Certified Interuniversity Center for Japanese Studies.


  • Other Work

    • Author: A Japanese Taste of the Seasons, 1986. Translator: Zaibatsu: The Rise and Fall of Family Enterprise Groups in Japan, 1992 (Nikkei prize, Cannes prize 1994). Editor (newsletters) Tokyo English Life Line, 1989-1992, 94-96, Democrats Abroad, since 1996.

      Managing editor: (academy journal) Minerva: Quarterly Report on Women and the Military, since 1999. Contributor articles to professional journals.


Board chair Tokyo English Life Line, 1993-1996. Member Democratic National Committee, since 2000. Member Japan Association Translators (president 1991-1993), Society Writers, Editors & Translators (member steering committee since 1982), American Chamber of Commerce Japan, United States Naval Academy International Parents Club (founder), Foreign Corresponding Club Japan, Yokohama Country and Athletic Club.


Married John Linwood McCreery, June 2, 1969. 1 child, Kathryn Marie.

Russell Lee South

Kathryn Jane (Boord) South

John Linwood McCreery

Kathryn Marie McCreery