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NTT DoCoMo prepares Japanese machine translation through Android

Japan is unique in many ways and this is reflected and expressed in its culture and its challenging language.  Japanese is controversially an Altaic language spoken by around 127 million people. Its intrinsic characteristics make it a challenge for machine translation and other forms of translation automation, although Pangeanic, in collaboration with Toshiba, has reported several advances in hybrid MT (as published in the Asian Association of Machine Translation in 2011) and presented in Japan Translation Festival (see presentation here). Making calls to other countries a challenge for Japanese speakers: locals often don’t have much choice but to learn someone else’s language or hope there’s a Japanese speaker on the other end of the line. All going well, NTT DoCoMo’s planned Hanashite Hon’yaku automatic translation service, international calls will be as comfortable as phoning a store in Nagano. As long as a subscriber has at least an Android 2.2 phone […]