|Above, Narita Airport's Terminal One Arrival Lobby. Photo by Armand Vaquer.|
Leave it to the Japanese to come up with new inventive devices to make life just a little bit easier.
The latest is a megaphone which automatically translates Japanese words into English, Chinese and Korean.
According to the Mainichi Shimbun:
Foreign travelers to Japan who do not speak the language need no longer worry should a disaster occur while they are passing through Narita Airport, thanks to a new translation device being launched by Panasonic Corp. to ensure that information is smoothly relayed in a number of languages.
Dubbed "Megahonyaku" -- a play on words using a portmanteau of "megaphone" and "honyaku" (which means translation), as "phone" and "hon" have similar pronunciations in Japanese -- the devices were unveiled to the press on Nov. 13 by Narita International Airport Corp., which has begun deploying them on a trial basis.To read more, go here.