How do you say the server is unable to process your request at this time in Japanese? Starting tomorrow, the answer will be a hyperlink away as Fujitsu debuts its English-Japanese automatic translation service on the Web.
The service will be available 24 hours a day, Reuters reported today. It will all be the work of Fujitsu's Atlas machine translation system, which includes specialized dictionaries in 22 diverse fields, including business, medicine, electronics, computing, law and biology. Users can also customize the service with specific terms.
Each page of submitted text will take 15 to 30 minutes to translate and cost 0.7 yen (less than one U.S. cent) per translated English character and 1.4 yen (just over one cent) per translated Japanese character. There are no sign-up fees. Fujitsu will offer the service free of charge, however, until May 12.