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From Asahi.com: Want to know the law? Official English translation due a year from now
Legal mumbo jumbo is hard to grasp in any language. But when it's in Japanese translated poorly into English, overseas business opportunities are lost, lawsuits are filed and justice is not served.
But a government task force hopes to clear things up by December 2005. It has decided that Japanese laws should have official English translations.
The end result won't just be a boon for foreign companies trying to do business in Japan. Japanese firms have also run into trouble in lawsuits overseas by unwittingly referring to mistranslations.
In some cases, mistranslation had resulted in Japanese firms having major problems.