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KYOTO — Connecting online to three institutions in the United States, Germany and South Korea, the Interpreting Telecommunications Research Laboratories (ITL) on Thursday conducted experiments on a speech translation system in four languages.

In the experiment, one researcher, for example, would ask in Japanese how the weather was in the U.S., and a computerized translation system would translate the question into the three other languages. A U.S. counterpart answered in English that it was cloudy, which was also translated.

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