Japanese voice-over agency

Matinée has been a trusted supplier to the Japanese voice recording and subtitling industry for over thirty years, and our experience is second to none. You can trust us to deliver exactly what you need, and at a price you can afford.
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Japanese voice-over production made simple

Matinée Multilingual has been setting the quality standards in the UK’s Japanese voice-over recording industry for over 30 years, from our recording studios in Reading. We offer a comprehensive range of voice-over recording services, and subtitling services in Japanese, and in over 80 other foreign languages.

We have a good selection of the very best Japanese voice-over talent available, and you’ll find our voice costs and studio rates to be less than many other agencies offering exactly the same service. And we’ll make sure the chosen Japanese voice artist gives you the very best rate for the job, and we’ll negotiate down on repeat fees and broadcast rates on your behalf.

Our Japanese voice artists are talented and experienced in a whole range of different voiceover projects, from ads, to corporate narration, to character voices. Whatever the type of voice you need, we’ll be sure to help you find it from our selection of Japanese voice talent. 

We can record wild, or sync to picture, and deliver the audio back via FTP. When required, we can also re-mix your new Japanese voice-over recording with the existing music and effects track, and send you a fully mixed video soundtrack.

To check the availability of our Japanese voice-artists and to confirm costs, please contact us using the Quick Quote form below, and we’ll respond within the hour. Or you can email project@matinee.co.uk or call us on +44(0)118 958 4934.

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    Japanese lip-sync dubbing for safety training videos

    Case Study

    As a leading Japanese voice-over agency, Matinée were selected to provide Japanese lip-sync dubbing services for a series of corporate safety training videos. We first adapted the supplied Japanese scripts for lip-sync recording, which involved not only making the script shorter, but also making it better match the lip movements of the actors. We cast two female Japanese voice artists that sounded similar to the American actors. Recorded time-sync to picture, then mixed and mastered the audio.

    We were also required to encode the videos in both FLV and MP4 format, matching the clients strict specifications for file size and bit-rate to ensure it worked flawlessly in their eLearning platform.

    Japanese voiceover recording for Toys R Us

    Case Study

    Toys “R” Us was founded in America and is a retailer for kids’ toys and baby products. Their toy stores are now found all over the world, and they’ve been in the industry for over 65 years.

    In Japan the Toys “R” Us brand focuses primarily on building customer loyalty, they depend on repeat customers, in part due to the low birth rate in Japan. This makes quality localisation extremely important.

    The ‘Power Clix’ magnet blocks, is a toy that allows its customers to build and create shapes with their magnetic connecting blocks. The commercial required a youthful, energetic and child friendly native Japanese voice-over artist. Chikako –was the perfect match.

    The client was delighted with the voice over in Japanese and the commercial was broadcast on television and online in Japan. 15.12.16

    Select a voice-over language

    Choose English read in a foreign accent

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    A short history of the Japanese language

    Experts are unsure about the early origins of the Japonic language family. Although written Japanese has been heavily influenced by Chinese, the spoken language isn’t related to any other languages. The most popular theory is that it is part of the Ural-Altaic family, along with Turkish, Mongolian and Korean.

    The development of the language is usually split into the following periods:

    Old Japanese (up to 1000 BCE) – during this time Japanese was considerably influenced by Chinese, through the spread of Buddhism.

    Middle Japanese (1000 – 1700 BCE) – while the written language became more standardised, different dialects developed throughout the country. After the capital moved from Kyoto to Tokyo in 1292, the Tokyo dialect became the spoken standard. Contact with the Portuguese at the end of the 16th century had a significant influence on the language; the Portuguese also compiled the first Japanese dictionary.

    Modern Japanese (from 1700 BCE onwards) – when the American Admiral Perry visited Japan in 1868, he introduced the Japanese to English and other Western languages, and so began a flow of new loanwords.
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    They were so professional

    Brian and Philippe…love them!! What a great call to brighten up my day! They were so professional and so funny and I could tell the client was really happy 😊

    Philippe is definitely the best VO artist I’ve heard since being at Sponge! Just wow!

    Maria Trathen


    Pleasure to work with

    Pleasure to work with these guys. Hugh and the team couldn’t do enough to help and keep us informed throughout our customer journey. Highly recommended!

    Alex Carr

    BBGR Optical

    Delivers great work, right on time

    We’ve used Matinée for several projects, from video editing to translations of marketing materials, and they’re always a great pleasure to work with. Any requests are answered right away. We’ve had tight deadlines, but we’ve never worried as the team at Matinée delivers great work, right on time.

    Lisa Potrawiak

    Sinclair Pharma

    Fantastic to work with

    The team at Matinée are fantastic to work with. They are really communicative, helpful and turned around the work as quickly as possible. I have no complaints at all and we will definitely be getting back in contact when we next need subtitles.

    Jon Mirley

    Three Motion Media

    Matinée is a company I can trust

    I’ve worked with Matinee for well over 20 years, and continue to go back to them because of trust; a trust in their commitment to fulfilling the needs of my project, and a trust in the quality of their work.

    Bruce Corby

    Muddy Boot Productions

    I use Matinee a lot for subtitling projects

    I use Matinee for a lot of subtitling projects and they never fail to meet the deadlines. Great customer service and fast responses. Well done to the entire team.

    Jade Burnell

    The Big Word

    Friendly and efficient service

    The speed of response, and friendly, efficient service from all staff was quite exceptional. Matinee particularly stands out by putting the customer’s needs first, even when the job is relatively small and a bit of a technical challenge. I would strongly recommend Matinee for any subtitling work.

    Richard Taylor

    Freelancer producer and film maker

    A fantastic company to work with

    A fantastic company to work with. Fast email responses, rapid delivery of audio files, and all with positive and warm personalities shining through!  Thank you Matinée for a wonderful customer experience.

    Anne Crawford


    They are always well organised

    Very pleased with a number of projects completed by Matinée. They are always well organised, providing clear expectations, organisation, efficiency and always deliver a quality product on time. Recommended.

    Jon Watkins

    Jon Watkins TV

    Quick response to meet my deadline

    I have to mention the quick response of Sally and Nicole to my last minute request. They both understood the urgency of my need, and helped me complete the recording to hit my deadline.

    Joville Villanueva

    Shell UK Ltd