General interest

Health claim 'Chinese whispers' may haunt approval process

General translation | General interest

28-Apr-2008
By Shane Starling

"Subtle language differences" may confound regulators in the midst of translating thousands of health claims ahead of a pan-European 2010 approval deadline, according to various industry sources.

They are concerned certain words and phrases such as "restores health" and "improves function" may get lost in translation, leading to some claims being interpreted as medicinal in certain member states.

Medicinal claims are prohibited under the auspices of the European Union health and nutrition claims regulation that was enacted in January 2007.

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Learning your ABC's in Japanese: Book Review

Japanese translation | General interest

By Andrew McGall
04/27/2008

Americans accustomed to the 26-letter Roman alphabet and the English language may believe they can never enter the impenetrably dense thickets of cross-hatched markings and flowing lines of Asian writing. A Chinese or Japanese newspaper or book might as well be written in Egyptian hieroglyphics. Indeed, the Chinese alphabet that the Japanese adopted is a kind of hieroglyphic system, in that the symbols can represent both sounds and ideas.

Gabriele Mandel's "Japanese Alphabet" is a formal introduction to the 46-character Japanese alphabet. Most of it is a 98-page practical guide to vocalizing consonant-vowel combinations and writing the alpahabet's letters. Here on facing pages for the more poetic hiragana and the simpler katakana forms are each character's sequence of strokes, "voice" and "half-voice" markings, parallel Chinese character and an example of each in four modern print fonts.

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The Timeless 100

Japanese translation | General interest

Thursday, Apr. 24, 2008
By ANDREW MONAHAN

Fujiwara no Teika (1162-1241) was, by most accounts, a horrible bully. The Japanese nobleman lived through the country's violent transition from the Heian aristocratic era to the martial Kamakura shogunate, and was surly, severe and infamously ugly, as if malformed by the turbulence of his times. But as a poet and editor, Teika has transcended the ages. He compiled Japan's most influential and long-lasting anthology of poems: the Hyakunin Isshu (one hundred people, one poem each), also known as the Ogura Hyakunin Isshu. For more than seven centuries, these poems have resonated with countless readers.

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N.C. college receives donation of 1686 Luther Bible translation

Sacred translation | General interest

April 22, 2008
By Teresa Buckner

MARS HILL, N.C. (ABP) -- Across the centuries, across the ocean, through bombings and world wars, a sacred bit of history has emerged from the distant past to find a home at Mars Hill College.

The North Carolina Baptist school has received a 1686 copy of Martin Luther’s Bible translation. It was donated by Elfriede Ludwig Wilde, a resident of Texarkana, Texas, and former resident of Hendersonville, N.C.

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Persian translation of “Holographic Universe” republished in Tehran

General translation | General interest

2008/04/07

TEHRAN(MNA) -- The third edition of Persian translation of “The Holographic Universe” was published by Hermes publishing company in Tehran two years after its first edition.

Authored by Michael Talbot, the English edition of the book was released in 1992 and Iranian new wave filmmaker Dariush Mehrjuii has translated it into Persian.

Talbot writes that “…there is evidence to suggest that our world and everything in it… are also only ghostly images, projections from a level of reality so beyond our own it is literally beyond both space and time.”

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Professors fear decline in Russian, Japanese class enrollment

General interest

April 4, 2008
By Emily Graham

Hundreds of millions of people may speak Russian, but at Bowdoin, the language is dying. Enrollment in the College's Russian department has dwindled since the collapse of the Soviet Union, but a couple of faculty members and a small number of students keep the program alive.

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Free Online College Courses Are Proliferating

Chinese translation | General interest

Asia Has Embraced The Global Movement To Spread Knowledge

March 28, 2008
By JEREMY WAGSTAFF

A revolution of sorts is sweeping education.

In the past few years, educational material, from handwritten lecture notes to whole courses, has been made available online, free for anyone who wants it. Backed by big-name universities in the U.S., China, Japan and Europe, the Open Education Resources movement is gaining ground, providing access to knowledge so that no one is "walled in by money, race and other issues," says Lucifer Chu, a 32-year-old Taiwanese citizen and among the thousands world-wide promoting the effort. He says he has used about half a million dollars from his translation of the "Lord of the Rings" novels into Chinese to translate engineering, math and other educational material, also from English into Chinese.

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Intel Launches Tech Blog in Chinese

Chinese translation | General interest

Rohit Bhargava on Wed, 05/23/2007 - 15:37.

Intel, a current Ogilvy PR client, has just launched a new Chinese language blog focused on technology and is generating some great conversation through comments already.

Unfortunately, automated translation software cannot provide a coherent picture of the content yet - so you might be out of luck with getting much from the content of the blog, but it's a great example of a company building out their global strategy when it comes to social media and providing an outlet for more smart minds within the company to share their voices, regardless of the language barrier. A bit of insider info ... coming soon will be other multilingual blogs from Intel designed on bringing out even more of the expertise from individuals inside the company from other countries.

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Japan's Defense Agency changes name and reality: Opinion

Japanese translation | General interest

The North Koreans and Chinese have criticized the changes, but what they fail to realize is that their belligerence toward Japan has accelerated a Japanese revision in their thinking regarding military power

By Richard Halloran

Monday, Jan 08, 2007

`The only thing one director-general of the agency was able to accomplish was to have a military band parade in his hometown.'

Tomorrow the Japan Defense Agency becomes the Japan Ministry of Defense in a change that seems small on the surface but is substantial in its reality.

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Euro bodies build trade and regulatory ties with Japan

General translation | Japanese translation | General interest

By Jess Halliday

09/01/2007 - The bonds between the Japanese and European functional foods industries are strengthening, as industry and regulators recognise the mutual benefits of working together.

Japan is renowned as having the most developed functional foods industry in the world; it was the first country to introduce government-approved health claims in the 1980s.

According to US-based analyst Paul Yamaguchi, the Japanese nutrition market was valued last year at around US$27 billion, but FOSHU foods (foods for specified health uses) account for only $6 billion of this. Non-FOSHU functional foods account for $11 billion, and dietary supplements around $11 billion too.

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Asian Markets Fall

General interest

Associated Press 11.28.06, 6:24 AM ET

Asian markets fell Tuesday, following Wall Street's worst day in more than four months, as Hong Kong shares tumbled 2.9 percent in the biggest single-day drop in five years and as Japanese stocks slipped.

Hong Kong's Hang Seng Index dived 564.48 points, or 2.9 percent, to 18,639.53. The decline was the steepest since the index plummeted 923.74 points, or 8.9 percent, to 9,493.62 points on September 12, 2001.

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China Natural Gas Announces Record Third Quarter Financial Results

Chinese translation | General interest

NEW YORK, Nov. 14, 2006 (PRIMEZONE) -- China Natural Gas, Inc. (OTCBB:CHNG), http://www.naturalgaschina.com, a company engaging in the transmission and distribution of natural gas in China to a diverse base of commercial, industrial, wholesale and residential customers, announced financial results for the third quarter and nine months ended September 30, 2006.

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Duke and China: Rising Ties

Chinese translation | General interest

China's ambassador to the U.S. comes to campus as exchanges increase between Duke and China.

By James Todd

Wednesday, November 1, 2006

Durham, NC -- Speaking to a Duke audience Tuesday evening, China’s ambassador to the U.S., Zhou Wenzhong, touted diplomatic, cultural and economic ties between the two countries, while making clear his country’s “One China” policy does not allow for an independent Taiwan.

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YouTube deletes 30,000 files after Japanese group complains

Japanese translation | General interest

Associated Press
TOKYO - The popular video-sharing site YouTube deleted nearly 30,000 files after a Japanese entertainment group complained of copyright infringement.

The Japan Society for Rights of Authors, Composers and Publishers, found 29,549 video clips such as television shows, music videos and movies posted on YouTube's site without permission, an official from the group, Fumiyuki Asakura, said Friday.

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ICBC raises $19B in world's biggest IPO

Chinese translation | General interest

October 20, 2006
Associated Press

HONG KONG – China's biggest bank, Industrial & Commercial Bank of China, raised $19 billion Friday in the world's biggest initial public offering, pricing its IPO at the top end of expectations, thanks to overwhelming demand.

The stock sale, the first ever for shares to list in both Hong Kong and Shanghai, surpasses the previous record, a $18.4 billion IPO by Japanese mobile phone company NTT DoCoMo Inc. in 1998.

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