Around 400 hospitals in Japan nationwide will hire language translators to work with hospital staff in preparation for the upcoming 2020 Olympics. The translation methods and languages to be translated are going to be determined depending on the hospital’s needs. The medical institutions that will participate can have different methods such as having an actual medical translator, using videophone systems, or using a tablet with translation functions.

The said program was the result of a survey showing that doctors and hospital staff had difficulties communicating with foreign outpatients. Under this program, hospitals will be divided into the following: an emergency hospital per prefecture and non-emergency hospitals. Emergency hospitals will employ translators with a high level of medical skills.