The Clarity Editor

The Clarity Editor

Clear English for everyone.

Plain language editing for international development & the social sciences

Communicate clearly, respectfully, and professionally—whether you are a multi-language author or writing for diverse audiences. Let me help you get your message across in clear, plain English.


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Who is the Clarity Editor?

A plain language advocate

A plurilingual third culture kid who knows what it’s like to transpose ideas across cultures

Analytical and open-minded

Nice! Respectful, responsible, and helpful

Experienced: 15+ years with academia, UN organizations, and small businesses

Learn more about me and read my 2023 annual report. (Photo by Azusa Uchida)

A skilled, positive, and knowledgeable editor

Working with Ema was a great experience. She clearly takes a thoughtful approach to her work, and was both friendly and professional to work with. Her editing vastly improved the document I was working on. The flow, clarity and word choice were all improved. She also had great suggestions for inclusive and informed language to use when writing about vulnerable populations. Ema is a skilled, positive, and knowledgeable editor.


Kind and gracious

I appreciate not only Ema’s editing skills but the kind and gracious way that she uses those skills.

Sarah Black, Founder, Athru Communications

Very efficient and professional

Ema provided an invaluable role in editing important and complex reports to be submitted to the national government. Very efficient and professional.

Dr Philip Andrews-Speed, Principal Research Fellow, National University of Singapore, Energy Studies Institute

Precise work & friendly personality

I was impressed with the speed and high quality of delivery, even within the short time we collaborated. I highly recommend Ema for the precision of her work and her friendly personality.


M. U., marketing professional

A fast, responsible & a really great copyeditor

In working with Ema I have found her to be fast, responsible and a really great copyeditor. For example, she checked the final galley proofs for my 2019 book, The Globotics Upheaval, and found lots of typos and other things that needed correcting. She saved me a ton of time!

Dr. Richard Baldwin, Professor of International Economics, Graduate Institute, Geneva

Help keep the messaging crisp and concise

I had the pleasure of working with Ema on a very lengthy report with a tight deadline. Her quick turnaround ensured that the work was on track and her editing and editorial advice were very useful to help manage text and keep the messaging crisp and concise. I would highly recommend her to anyone in need of editing and proofreading services.

Ira Martina Drupady, Research Associate, National University of Singapore

Complex & abstract text handled with precision & speed 抽象的論文や要約なども緻密かつ迅速に

Ema was very helpful–she handled the complex and abstract language in my literary studies manuscript with precision and speed. I hope to work with her again if the opportunity arises.


S.S., doctoral candidate

Easy to communicate with, hardworking, flexible

Ema is easy to communicate with, hardworking, flexible and has a writing style that is clear and enjoyable to read. Most of all she makes the work process manageable and fun, a great person to collaborate with on any project!

Jinae H., former Assistant Editor, BAMBI News

Makes complex information understandable & accessible to readers

Ema has an innate talent for making complex information understandable and accessible to readers. I can always rely on her editing to transform my disjointed ramblings into coherent concise writing.

Emma M., Vice-Chairwoman BAMBI

A keen eye for detail & a strong sense of ownership

Ema is a task-oriented professional with a keen eye for detail and a strong sense of ownership. I worked with her for an entire year and observed her proactive and enthusiastic participation in all tasks.

I confidently recommend her editing skills to anyone who is looking for a professional who won’t rest until the job is well done.

Donna D., ex-BAMBI News Editor

Really glad we asked her! お願いして良かった!

We learned and discovered many things when Ema did a ‘native English check’ [of our website text].  We’re really glad we asked her!


Web manager, J-CLINIC

We would hire her again. また依頼したい

Ema responded with great flexibility even to our request in the middle of the project for additional translation. We’re so glad we came to her! We would hire her again.


Kaoruko Yoshida, Manager, J-CLINIC

Expert editing

Thanks very much indeed for your expert editing [of an academic paper]!

Dr. Suchitra, graduate school professor of public administration

Understood what I was trying to express. きちんと意味を汲み取ってしていただけた

[Ema was] prompt and thorough,  and I felt I was in good hands. She understood what I was trying to express, which I believe helped improve my English writing.



Sayo, graduate student

Exceeded our expectations. 期待以上の成果物

Ema understood what we were looking for, and the product she submitted exceeded our expectations.



Workswitch, manager of a travel information site Japan+

Fast & careful work. 迅速で丁寧な対応

Thank you for your fast and careful work. If the opportunity should rise, I hope to ask you again.



travelholic, mommy blogger

Grasped key points & communicated with us openly ポイントを押さえ、コミュニケーションをとって頂けた

Ema grasped the key points of the assignment and communicated with us openly to clarify any questions she had. We felt comfortable leaving the job to her.



Workswitch, manager of a travel information site Japan+

In keeping with the spirit of the text. 文章の趣旨にそった英訳

Last time, the writing was academic. This time it was much more casual in tone, but [Ema] was able to translate it in keeping with the spirit of the text. If the opportunity arises, I’ll definitely ask for her help again.



Sayo, graduate student

What service do you need?

(Fiction writers: I'm not for you)

I need...Service
✓ my manuscript reviewed for clarity, flow, syntax, and grammar and styles appliedCopyedit
✓ my proofs checked for typos and glaring errors before it gets printedProofread
✓ content for my website edited, organized, or reviewed for clarity or inclusionWebsite text review
✓ a trainer or speaker on writing for international audiences(Get in touch)

What will it cost?

Well, it depends on your project (I know, that's not very helpful). I generally charge by the hour (EUR45/hour), which is well within standard professional ranges. I can also offer project quotations. Learn more in the FAQ or get in touch with your requirements to discuss.

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Contact me

Looking for a plain-language editor who understands the power of communicating across cultures? Have any questions about my services?

Please contact me using the form below or by emailing me at I will get back to you as soon as I can during my working hours (I’m offline on weekends, doing family stuff 😉). If you use the form but don’t hear from me within 2 business days, please email me.

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Document examples: journal article on labor migration, chapter in edited volume on development economics, research report on child rights in country A, web article on migrant health.
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Member of…

Chartered Institute for Editing and Proofreading, Intermediate Member
Member, Plain Language Association International
aces (the Society for Editing)

I believe in equity and justice; I stand against hate and discrimination. I value integrity and seek to create respectful and safe working relationships with clients, colleagues, and others.