Medical News – Prenatal Testing

In Japan, 89 hospitals offer a blood test for pregnant women to check if their fetus has  any chromosomal abnormalities. Until March 3, 2018, The Japan Society of Obstetrics and Gynecology ruled that such blood testing was for clinical study, but now the testing may be performed in general practice. However, the tests will still… Continue reading Medical News – Prenatal Testing


Medical Interpreting Qualifications in Japan

As of the start of 2018, Japan has no national qualification for medical interpreters. Some prefectures, cities and organizations have short courses and simple practical exams to train volunteer medical interpreters. There are also technical schools/private education organizations that have quite expensive medical interpreter courses. However, please be aware that NONE of these courses is… Continue reading Medical Interpreting Qualifications in Japan

Interpreter Guides in Japan

In Japan there are two types of interpreter guides: Accredited interpreter guides who may work and receive payment. In Japanese they are called ‘tsuuyaku annai shi’ 通訳案内士. Volunteer guides (also known as Goodwill Guides) who have no accredited qualification and who may not receive payment. Type 1 is divided into either prefectural or national… Continue reading Interpreter Guides in Japan