Trial Service of Easy Japanese News on the Web
Hideki TANAKA, Hideya MINO, Shinji OCHI† and Motoya SHIBATA†
†NHK News Department
ABSTRACTWe have been studying news services provided in simplified Japanese and targeting foreign residents in Japan who have difficulty in understanding daily news in Japanese. We started a trial news web service in easy Japanese on the web site "NEWS WEB EASY" in April 2012. The service is intended to be a way for us to study the effectiveness and problems of such services in real settings. In this paper, we outline the easy Japanese for news. We explain the characteristics of the web services and elaborate on the rewrite assistant tools that were specially developed for different workers to rewrite news of the same quality. We analyze the easy Japanese news and report that the intended quality of easy Japanese was preserved across different workers.