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Medical interpreters are helping a popular ski resort in Hokkaido deal with the growing number of foreign guests there.

To overcome the language barrier, Kutchan-Kosei General Hospital in the town of Kutchan, near the Niseko resort, employs a five-member team of medical interpreters. At times, the team deals with nearly 30 patients a day, most of whom have sustained fractures or external injuries while skiing or snowboarding.

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