In Japan, 89 hospitals offer a blood test for pregnant women to check if their fetus has any chromosomal abnormalities. Until March 3, 2018, The Japan Society of Obstetrics and Gynecology ruled that such blood testing was for clinical study, but now the testing may be performed in general practice. However, the tests will still… Continue reading Medical News – Prenatal Testing
March third, the third day of the third month, celebrates the ‘Hina Matsuri‘ commonly know in English as ‘the Doll Festival’. How would you explain the Doll Festival to an international visitor to Japan? Here are some points to think about: History and background Why March 3rd? What is done to celebrate the day? Timing… Continue reading Culture/Events: The Doll Festival
This year the opening of the sightseeing season for looking at the whirlpools in Naruto, in Shikoku began on March 3. To learn more about the whirlpools, please visit the ‘Discover Tokushima‘ website.
As of the start of 2018, Japan has no national qualification for medical interpreters. Some prefectures, cities and organizations have short courses and simple practical exams to train volunteer medical interpreters. There are also technical schools/private education organizations that have quite expensive medical interpreter courses. However, please be aware that NONE of these courses is… Continue reading Medical Interpreting Qualifications in Japan
In Japan there are two types of interpreter guides: Accredited interpreter guides who may work and receive payment. In Japanese they are called ‘tsuuyaku annai shi’ 通訳案内士. Volunteer guides (also known as Goodwill Guides) who have no accredited qualification and who may not receive payment. http://www.jnto.go.jp/eng/arrange/travel/guide/guideservice.html Type 1 is divided into either prefectural or national… Continue reading Interpreter Guides in Japan