Japan to Give Foreigners Multiple-Language Disaster Information (News)


Tokyo, Dec. 23 (Jiji Press)—Japan's Internal Affairs Ministry is working on a plan to provide foreign visitors with disaster information in multiple languages via smartphones, officials said.

The move is designed to help foreigners who cannot understand Japanese safely evacuate in the event of earthquakes and other disasters, the officials said.

The ministry developed a system that has foreigners register their personal information including languages when they arrive in Japan. Based on the registry, evacuation information will be provided in multiple languages and emoji symbols via tourist guide apps.

The system is now being tested in airports and some other locations. The coverage will expand in stages to include major railway stations, airports, stadiums and hotels across the country, starting in fiscal 2017, which begins next April.

The ministry aims to complete the system in time for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games.

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