1921 (Taisho 10) Friday, October 28 Translator Shinjo Tetsuo was born in San Francisco, USA. Later, he returned to his permanent address in Iwakuni City, Yamaguchi Prefecture, and entered Aoyama Gakuin English Literature School in Tokyo. Because it was wartime, he graduated early and worked in the foreign news department of the Tokyo Newspaper in charge of Ministry of Foreign Affairs. After the war, he also worked for GHQ as a journalist.
In 1953 28, while still working for Tokyo Shimbun, he published Herman Walk’s first translation, The Rebellion on the Kane, which became a bestseller. In 1957 (Showa 32), I was transferred to the publishing division of Tokyo Shinbun and was in charge of the magazine “Weekly Tokyo.”. In 1960 (Showa 35), he was promoted to an editor of the Tokyo Shimbun Newspaper, and was in charge of writing columns for both the morning and evening editions. In 1968 (Showa 42), he retired at the age of 47 and became a professor at Otsuma Women’s Junior College.
He later published translation works one after another, including “1984” by George Orwell, published by Hayakawa Shobo (1968), “KGB” by Brian Fremantle, published by Shincho Zensho (1983), “The Private Life of Mao” by Risui, published by Bungei Shunju (1994), and “Ningen George Orwell” by Michael Sheldon, published by Kawade Shobo Shinsha (1997). He died in 2006 at the age of 84.