Communication and the Japanese Language

Language is essential to communication, but it is a complex tool that can make understanding difficult at times. The challenges and sometimes exaggerated promises of technology add further complications. This series examines language and ways in which people make themselves understood in a Japanese context.

“Seaman” Virtual Pet Creator Working on Chat-Capable AI

Voice recognition technologies are still in their infancy, responding to specific requests or following set patterns. Saitō Yutaka, the designer of the Seaman virtual pet games, wants to create a conversation engine for the Japanese language that will make talking with artificial intelligence a more natural experience.

Failure to Communicate in the Social Media Age

Miscommunication has always been a problem, but it seems to be magnified in the online world. Dictionary editor Iima Hiroaki, who often posts about the Japanese language on Twitter, gives his perspective on poor listeners and others who regularly get the wrong end of the stick.

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