May 28, 2014

Tokyo to boost foreign-language signs, info ahead of 2020 Olympics

The Tokyo Metropolitan Government is stepping up a joint project with the central government to add foreign languages to guide boards and other information sources for the 2020 Summer Games. Some 10.36 million people came to Japan from abroad in 2013, topping the government’s ...

'Selfie,' 'poutine' among new words in Merriam-Webster's dictionary

May 19, 2014

'Selfie,' 'poutine' among new words in Merriam-Webster's dictionary

The latest edition of Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary has added 150 new words, from “selfie” to “poutine.” Many of the words and terms relate to digital life and social media — spoiler alert, hashtag and tweep — while others are food-driven, including the Vietnamese staple ...

Iitate farmer's cautionary tale translated

Apr 11, 2014

Iitate farmer's cautionary tale translated

by Tomohiro Osaki

Kenichi Hasegawa is a man of conviction. Unlike most of his fellow Fukushima farmers, Hasegawa never believed a word uttered by the “experts” who repeatedly came to visit his village 40 km from the crippled Fukushima No. 1 plant after the nuclear catastrophe began ...

Apr 5, 2014

English-speaking ambulance teams launched in Tokyo

The Tokyo Fire Department has launched English-speaking ambulance teams due to an expected rise in the number of foreigners in the capital ahead of the 2020 Summer Olympic Games. The number of foreigners taken to hospital by ambulance in Tokyo is on the rise. ...

Apr 2, 2014

Standardized English for road signs to help foreign tourists

by Atsushi Kodera

Foreign tourists in Japan will have a less confusing time trying to identify roads and landmarks thanks to the introduction of standardized English words and eradication of “Romanized” Japanese words on public signs, transport ministry officials said. Revised transport ministry guidelines that took effect ...