Mar 24, 2015

Revamp planned for ultra-rigorous tour guide exam

The Japan Tourism Agency is planning to revamp a government exam for tour guides serving foreigners, following criticism that the current test contains some questions that are either too difficult or irrelevant to the job. As few as 10 percent of candidates pass the ...

Jan 19, 2015

NTT Docomo makes voice translator app available for iPhone

NTT Docomo Inc. said Monday that its Jspeak smartphone voice translator application for foreign tourists in Japan has been made available for users of Apple Inc.’s iPhone. The app, released in November for smartphones using Google Inc.’s Android operating system, can carry out voice ...

Award to honor unsung Japanese translators

Jan 6, 2015

Award to honor unsung Japanese translators

Don’t judge a book by its cover and neither necessarily by its author. Foreign literature can be ruined in translation. Several leading translators have established an award for members of their silent craft, to honor those ultimately responsible for some of the finest foreign ...

Crafting words with Osamu Dazai's translator

Nov 29, 2014

Crafting words with Osamu Dazai's translator

by Iain Maloney

Two of the most successful Japanese novels of the past few years that have been translated into English are Hiromi Kawakami’s “The Briefcase” and Fuminori Nakamura’s “Last Winter, We Parted.” Both were translated by Allison Markin Powell, a literary translator and editor based in ...

Aug 15, 2014

Government project aims to promote translations of Japanese books abroad

The government has launched a project to translate Japanese-language books about culture, history and advanced technology to bolster international understanding of the country. The government is using the project to counter increased efforts by China and South Korea to publish works with their viewpoints ...

Hollywood movie titles lost in translation

Mar 1, 2014

Hollywood movie titles lost in translation

David O. Russell’s crime drama “American Hustle” could be a big winner at Sunday’s Academy Awards. But for the movie’s many international fans, it may take a little longer to realize it. In their country, there is simply no word that captures the true ...