May 11, 2017

Firms develop translation app for Japan's municipal offices

Two Japanese firms are developing an instant audio translation app for use at municipal offices in a bid to overcome the language barrier between foreign residents and local officials amid an increase in workers from abroad. Toppan Printing Co. and Feat Ltd., a developer of ...

Translators work to preserve languages, dialects and history

Apr 28, 2017

Translators work to preserve languages, dialects and history

Translators play a vital role in saving the world's languages, their work allowing 6,000 to 7,000 spoken tongues to exist, and 3,000 rare dialects to survive. "Without translation, there is no history of mankind," said linguist Astrid Guillaume, of the Sorbonne University in Paris. "We know ...

Panasonic to launch megaphone that can translate on the fly

/ Nov 17, 2016

Panasonic to launch megaphone that can translate on the fly

Panasonic Corp. said Thursday it will start offering in December a megaphone capable of automatically translating Japanese into English, Chinese and Korean in its latest bid to help companies cope with an increase in foreign visitors to Japan. Panasonic hopes the new translation service can ...

Sep 27, 2016

Japan versions of TPP documents turn up 18 mistranslated parts

Eighteen mistranslated parts have been found in the official Japanese translation of the Trans-Pacific Partnership documents, it was learned on Monday. The Foreign Ministry reported the mistranslations at a meeting with the main opposition force, the Democratic Party, on the day. The ministry notified the party ...