Interpreters to be stationed at airports, seaports
The Justice Ministry has decided to station about 50 foreign-language interpreters next fiscal year at immigration clearance counters of 18 airports and seaports across the country, a move apparently designed to cope with the increase in visitors from other Asian countries. It is estimated hiring such interpreters from the private sector will cost 300 million yen, the ministry said. The ministry has included the cost in its budgetary requests for fiscal 2012, starting next April. The 50 interpreters will consist mainly of those with Chinese and Korean language skills.