Japan is famous for the high technology development that will be present at the upcoming Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. Kinds of technology that seemly to appear include the availability of multilingual translation tools. This makes as much as possible language speakers understand what is happening in this prestigious international event. Besides that, the existence of driverless taxi and robot assistance was expected. 2020 Olympic Games offers an opportunity for Japan to get the world spotlight

5 new sports launched

OG Tokyo 2020 organizing committee proposes to add youth-friendly sports such as [1] rock climbing, [2] high-octane surfing, and [4] skateboarding, as well as favorite sports of all time such as [5] karate and softball / Baseball.

Athlete focuses games

The director of the Tokyo 2020 OG and former Olympian, Murofushi, knew that athletes were very focused on the Olympic Games. His willpower is to give athletes what he hopes is a historical legacy that will never be forgotten.

Promising environmentally friendly solutions

Tokyo 2020 OG promised that will emphasize environmental factors that being an international concern for several last years. It’s based on 3 principles that are reuse, recycle and reduce.

The Tokyo city government will entrust private companies to build the athlete’s residence which can be emptied into an environmentally friendly district that will be supported by future generation hydrogen systems.

Tokyo was the host of the Olympic Games in 1964 which was opened modern Japan to the world. They cast the world’s first satellite for television coverage and shinkansen bullet trains The 2020 goal is the expectation to transcend technology and change Japanese society forever. Hopefully, This event will be focusing on help to unite people regardless of their ethnicity, physical abilities, and religion, Hope to improve infrastructure and conditions to make it a better place for everyone.

Olympic Games Mascot

Schoolchildren in Japan have chosen their favorite mascot design for the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games. The decision is, they are preferred on two creatures that look futuristic and look like superheroes. The Olympic mascot is a white and blue colored character named Miraitowa that was formed using a combination of two Japanese words ‘Mirai’, which is means the future, while ‘towa’ means eternity. The Paralympic mascot is represented in white and pink color, it’s a superhero named Someity from Cherry Blossom Someiyoshino.

Japan sports today

Japanese sports emphasize martial arts traditions, specifically Sumo, which is the country’s national sport. The other kinds of martial arts, the modern version, such as judo, karate, and kendo are also popular. In recent years, soccer and baseball have become popular gradually.

Sophisticated translation technology

Japan desired to make as easy as possible communication between athletes, officials, volunteers, and 920,000 foreign visitors who are expected to travel to Tokyo every day during the 16-day sports event. The famous Japanese electronics company, Panasonic, seems to lead the way with the invention of its Fukidashi portable translation. This device has iPad-sized but shaped like a speech bubble as seen in animation.

This tool has a screen on each side with a small holder that can be removed. Two people can communicate in their own languages, for example, English and Japanese. On one screen its displays Japanese translations of English speakers and vice versa. For now, Fukidashi can only translate four languages: Japanese, English, Korean and Chinese. This device is designed to ease communication.

Multiligual loudspeaker

While Fukidashi is designed for face-to-face communication, Panasonic also has a device that transmits information to crowds of people in public places such as airports, train stations, and tourist hotspots. Megahonyaku, so it is called, is a multilingual loudspeaker that can translate Korean to Mandarin and Japanese to English.


 It’s used by speaking Japanese directly into the microphone. This tool has an inbuilt computer that translates into any of the 3 languages ​​available to choose from.

In addition, the National Institute of Information and Communication Technology invented VoiceTra, which is a useful application that mentioned will provides real-time text translation into 27 languages. Expected by 2020, VoiceTra will offer 10 additional languages ​​in voice translation.

In 2014, the main mobile provider in Japan, NTT Docomo launched an application called Jspeak, which translates telephone conversations in real-time. The translations include more than 700 phrases that can be used by tourists, include related phrases to hospitals, hotels, restaurants, and transportation.

Scannable Japanese signs

Visitors who come to Japan for the first time are often overwhelmed and even lose way because most of the signs are in Japanese. This phenomenon is interesting Pijin, a collective technology in developing ideas for using QR codes as a translation aid. placed next to posters, written public information boards and Japanese signs that found at tourist attractions such as museums and airports. It’s possible to scan QR codes using a smartphone that able to translate to language you want.

With more than 40,000 expected visitors to attend the Olympic event, Japanese innovation is projected to show how the country regards its visitors.

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