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Title: Broadcast interpreters in Japan: bringing news to and from the world
Authors: Tsuruta, Chikako
Keywords: Interpreting JapaneseBroadcast interpreters
Issue Date: 2011
Publisher: EUT Edizioni Università di Trieste
Source: Chikako Tsuruta, "Broadcast interpreters in Japan: bringing news to and from the world", in: The Interpreters' Newsletter, 16 (2011), pp. 157-173.
Series/Report no.: The Interpreters' Newsletter
During the past twenty years, interpreters have been an active force in broadcasting TV
news in Japan. This article looks at how this mode of interpreting has taken root in Japan
and then examines the constraints, requirements and challenges for the future. It first
reviews how interpreting television news from English into Japanese is performed on
regular news programs. Interpreting Japanese news programs into English is also discussed
in light of the remarkable events of 2011.
The two essential constraints in TV news interpreting are the short preparation time and
the undefined audience. More often than not, prepared texts are not available and
preparation time is extremely limited. Broadcast interpreters need to be flexible and to be
equipped with not only linguistic ability but also with a broad knowledge of current
affairs. They also need to be skilled at conveying the news using their voice as a tool. To
convey the news accurately and intelligibly, broadcast interpreters need to constantly
update not only their linguistic ability but also their background knowledge and
announcer-grade speaking skills. As a result of the increased prominence broadcast
interpreting as a profession has its own niche as part of news reporting in journalism.
Type: Book Chapter
ISSN: 1591-4127
Appears in Collections:The Interpreters' Newsletter n. 16 - 2011

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