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November 10, 2008

Japan Interpreters' Association shuts down

The Japan Interpreters' Association, the most well-known body for certifying interpreters in Japan has been forced to close for financial reasons. The reason given on its website was that it 'has been forced to close down as it could not receive necessary financial assistance amid the economic recession of late'. Despite being a private company, the association had gained widespread respect and recognition for the certificates it awarded. About 130,000 people have taken interpreter exams through the association since it was founded 35 years ago and it had a turnover of about 130 million yen per year. Many people have already paid for the exams that were due to be held in many cities around Japan over the next few months.

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