Lonely Planet Writer

Japanese universities to train up volunteer interpreters for international events

 Tokyo University of Foreign Studies, one of many that will participate in training volunteers.
Tokyo University of Foreign Studies, one of many that will participate in training volunteers. Image by Kim Ahlström / CC BY 2.0

Seven foreign-studies universities in Japan will be part of a plan to train up thousands of students who can be deployed as volunteer interpreters at upcoming international sporting events being held in the country, such as the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games. The plan follows an agreement among the universities last June to come together to promote multilingual talent. Read more: japantimes.co.jp