Journal article

Judgments on Court Interpreting in Japan: Ideologies and Practice

I Nakane, Makiko Mizuno

International Journal for the Semiotics of Law - Revue internationale de Sémiotique juridique | Springer | Published : 2019

Abstract

Japan saw a sharp increase in the number of non-Japanese residents and migrants during the period of its high economic growth in the 1980s and 1990s. This impacted on how the justice system provides language assistance to non-Japanese speaking background parties in investigative interviews and courtroom proceedings. While the number of defendants who received interpreter assistance in Japanese criminal trials hit its peak in 2003, quality of legal interpreting is still a serious issue. In this article, we discuss how the Japanese criminal justice system has approached issues in judicial interpreting in the last four decades by analysing how “court interpreting” and “court interpreters” have ..

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