Govt to help medical facilities overcome language barriers
AS part of measures to ease the expanded acceptance of foreign workers scheduled to start in April, the Japanese government is planning to help facilitate the use of tablet devices with translation functions at medical facilities. The step is one among a comprehensive package of support measures compiled at the end of last year to promote coexistence with foreign nationals.
Elements such as the criteria for support and the amounts to be provided will be worked out at a later date.
The government will also support the stationing of medical interpreters as it seeks to establish an environment in which foreign patients can feel at ease when receiving medical care.
According to a survey conducted in 2016 by the Health, Labour and Welfare Ministry, 65 per cent of medical facilities that had dealt with foreign patients encountered some difficulty with both sides understanding each other in Japanese.