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Over 300 interpreters ready to help quake-affected foreigners – Kyodo News


A volunteer group is set to send more than 300 Japanese-speaking interpreters to help foreigners in the areas of northeastern and eastern Japan that were stricken by the devastating earthquake, among other movements aimed at providing linguistic support there.

The Japan Guide Consortium Volunteer Interpreters Bureau based in Tokyo keeps on standby interpreters, both in and outside Japan, in more than 10 languages including English, Chinese, Korean, Russian and French.

The bureau will have the interpreters work for relief teams and volunteers from overseas as well as quake-affected foreigners at places such as hospitals and evacuation centers.

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