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January 17, 2005

Next-level Machine Translation System on the Way

The Daily Yomiuri reported last Friday on "a government-sponsored project to develop a multilingual audio-text translation system." The system, set to be completed by spring of next year, is said to automatically translate spoken or written language, allowing people to communicate in four languages using cell phones or personal digital assistants. The system would access a database of half a million phrases, or 5 million words, in Japanese, Chinese, English, and Korean. The size of the database and the level of speech recognition technology mean that the system represents a considerable step forward in the practical application of machine translation. Under development since 2003, the project is entrusted to the private sector, guided by the goverment's IT Strategy Council and the Internal Affairs and Communications Ministry.
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