New noninvasive test gives clue but not full diagnosis

Mar 28, 2013

New noninvasive test gives clue but not full diagnosis

Although media reports emphasize the accuracy of a new noninvasive prenatal screening test, raising expectations among expectant mothers, it does not definitively diagnose three types of chromosomal abnormalities, including Down syndrome, warned Haruhiko Sago, head of the Center for Maternal-Fetal and Neonatal Medicine at ...

Mar 22, 2013

Trial translation faults irk lay judges

The conviction in Tokyo of a U.S. minor for the slaying of an Irish woman once again highlights Japan's lack of a national accreditation system for court interpreters, after the lay judges complained about misinterpretations.

Somali pirates' trials highlight role of interpreters

Mar 21, 2013

Somali pirates' trials highlight role of interpreters

In the quiet courtroom, the Somali defendant sat unhandcuffed and with an earphone in place, flanked by guards. “The court is now in session,” the presiding judge said in Japanese. His words were immediately translated into English by one interpreter, and then into Somali ...

Mar 6, 2013

Somali not pirate, just needed help: lawyers

A Somali man accused of attempting to hijack a Bahamian-registered oil tanker off Oman in March 2011 — the final of the four men brought to Japan to be tried under the 2009 antipiracy law — pleaded not guilty Tuesday before the Tokyo District ...