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Japan to ready AI translation assistance for Olympic visitors

Communications ministry hopes to spur product development by sharing tech

Japan aims to open a government ministry's translation technology to companies that want to make related devices for specific applications.

TOKYO -- Japan hopes to see foreign visitors navigating the capital seamlessly during the 2020 Olympics with the help of small translation devices shaped like a nametag or earphone. 

To make that vision a reality, a tech institute under the communications ministry will open up its artificial intelligence-driven translation tools for use by companies to make prototype products. 

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