DOCOMO is Japan’s biggest mobile operator and they have recently launched this new translation service that allows their subscribers to chat in Japanese, English, Korean, & Chinese with a few second delay response time. How it works is that it is a two-way voice and text read out. Other languages will feature soon. The app is called “Hanashite Honyaku” and will be available on smartphones and Android tablets.
Don’t expect it to be perfect as with all translation apps, this too has a few flaws. But with the outbreak of international communication apps, this one will also put us another step over language barriers.