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The business week that just ended started with the announcement of a new translation company, Mirai Translate, an Asian joint venture between NTT DoCoMo, Systran International, and FueTrek. For those who in these last few days didn't catch up with the news, here is the official press release of this new adventure in translation technology. Alternatively, you can read our take underneath. The Players The Japanese telecom company NTT DOCOMO is the major investor in this deal with 51 percent of the shares. Besides providing secure mobile services to over 63 million mobile customers, DOCOMO has been offering translation services for some time now,...
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It takes just a day of wandering in Tokyo as a non-Japanese speaker to understand why translation innovation starts in Japan, and much less so in other places of the world. Both visitor and host are totally helpless and hopeless when trying to talk to each other. That is much less the case in Europe and North America where English often becomes the ‘langue véhicule’ for tourists and business men. That’s also what Naoki Yamada, founder of anydooR realized when he returned to Tokyo from his studies in Los Angeles. Colleagues and friends kept asking him to translate something, a sentence,...
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