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