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Medical interpreters in demand at popular ski resort

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Easier to just ban skiing for tourists who don’t have medical insurance or Japanese language skills.

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That's no surprise Australians top the list, most of the Northern Hemisphere is in their own ski season, so for the hardcore Australian skiers and snowboarders Japan is a brilliant close alternative to the hot Australian Summer.

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Or they could, you know, utilize google translate on smart phones.

It isn’t perfect, but for short, specific phrases it is often enough to convey what is going on.

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Easier to just ban skiing for tourists who don’t have medical insurance or Japanese language skills.

That's just dumb. Following that "logic" Japan should ban any tourists without any Japanese language skills from entering the country.

If it wasn't for the international community coming to ski in Niseko, the town wouldn't be exploding with so many restaurants, new hotels (3 opening this year), stores, etc. It would be dying, just like the dying ski resorts in Honshu. Almost all of them look like they're stuck in the bubble.

The international clinic in Kutchan is pretty awesome. I went down there to translate for some friends but I was surprised to find that most of the staff there spoke English. The hospital on the other side, like the article states, could really use some help.

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