Konica Minolta Develops Multilingual Interpretation Service

Economy

Tokyo, Oct. 9 (Jiji Press)--Konica Minolta Inc. <4902> has developed a multilingual interpretation service for entities such as financial or administrative institutions for release later this year.

The service, called Kotobal, is designed to facilitate over-the-counter communication between officials at such entities and foreigners, the company said Tuesday.

It offers interpreting for 13 languages, including English, Chinese and South Korean.

The service for tablets offers two interpretation options, one using artificial intelligence and another using interpreters available around the clock via video camera, enabling accurate exchanges of information.

At a time when the number of foreigners visiting or living in Japan is increasing, addressing the issue of communication difficulties due to linguistic barriers has become an urgent task.

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