I am helping to plan an event featuring the work of a Japanese artist. I'm speaking to his representative, and would like to ask the question,

Can you ask (name) if he would be willing to write a short statement to the public about this event?

but I'm not sure what the most polite way to phrase that would be.

This is what I have written now, but I'm not sure if it's correct:


Any help would be very much appreciated! よろしくおねがいします。

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    What's your attempt? you might be closer than you thought – ajsmart Mar 22 '18 at 0:07
  • 「Aさんがこのイベントについての公式声明を発表した場合大変助かります。それについて聞いていただけますか?」 Does that sound correct? Thank you for your reply! – Emily Mar 22 '18 at 1:24
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    Please add which particular aspect of your translation you're unsure about. – Earthliŋ Mar 22 '18 at 8:52

When making your request in conversation, I think that it will not finish with one phrase.
I'll write the conversation that I assume below. A is you and B is the representative of the artist.

A:「はじめまして。Xさん/X先生{せんせい}の representative をされている方{かた}ですよね。」
B:「持{も}ち帰{かえ}って、のちほど連絡{れんらく}します。連絡先{れんらくさき}は、名刺{めいし}に書{か}かれているここでいいですか。」 A:「はい、そうです。出来{でき}ればメール/携帯電話{けいたいでんわ}でお願{ねが}いします。」

I don't think that the conversation will proceed as assumed above.
Therefore, I think that it is better to request it properly by a letter or by a document. In this case, you can request it in English.

Well, if you have an appropriate person to whom you can ask to translate the request in English to Japanese by your side, I think, it is easier to ask that person for making this request in place of you without asking for the translation.

  • Thank you so much for your advice, and for providing this helpful scenario! Being new to this site, I think I formatted my question incorrectly. I apologize for the confusion, but the conversation you wrote is still an excellent resource for future reference! :) – Emily Mar 22 '18 at 1:40
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    ask for ~ request はおかしいです・・・ make a request を使ったほうがいいと思います・・「相手」という意味でしょうけど opponent もおかしいです・・・ – Chocolate Mar 22 '18 at 2:20
  • @Chocolate: いつもありがとうございます。 – mackygoo Mar 22 '18 at 3:41

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