Prefectures in Japan face lack of volunteer interpreters for disasters

National Mar 9, 2020

Prefectures in Japan face lack of volunteer interpreters for disasters

Several prefectural governments around Japan have raised concerns about a shortage of volunteer interpreters and translators to support foreign residents and tourists during disasters, after making limited progress with addressing the problem, a new survey has shown. The massive floods that were caused by typhoons ...

Kansai's volunteer guides get language badges

National Jul 20, 2017

Kansai's volunteer guides get language badges

A tourism board in western Japan has begun distributing badges to volunteer guides to indicate their foreign language capabilities to better serve visitors from overseas. The Osaka-based Kansai Tourism Bureau started providing the badges earlier this month in the Kansai region and nearby areas. Three badges ...