Acima Provides Hotline/ Interpretation Service for Non-Japanese Speaking Disaster Victims in Japan

- Offers 24hr Hotline and Interpretation Service via IM for Disaster Victims of Tohoku district - off the Pacific Ocean Earthquake -

Mar 31, 2011, 06:32 ET from Acima Corporation

TOKYO, March 31, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Acima Corporation has established a Hotline/Interpretation service ( to all non-Japanese speaking disaster victims of the recent earthquake and the subsequent devastating tsunamis.

Any international victims in need of assistance in communicating with others around them at the disaster site and/or seeking for the latest news and related information (i.e. Emergency Evacuation Site, Food Distributing Station, Site for Medical Services, Survivor Information) may contact the Hotline using Skype and MSN Messenger, which over 220 staff are standing by online 24 hours a day for free of charge.

"There are many foreigners who are living/visiting the site. However most updated information is often provided only in Japanese, not to mention that not being able to communicate in one's own language is more likely to foment fear. We want them to know that we're here for them whenever they need, and will be as long as needed," said Amika Ohara, president and CEO of Acima Corporation.

The service has been implemented on 14th March, 2011 and is provided in over 20 languages including English, Spanish, Chinese, and Portuguese.

About Acima Corporation

Acima Corporation, located in Tokyo, Japan, is an International Business Consulting company, providing wide range of services, including the support to local restaurants and inns for welcoming foreign tourists, for local companies entering foreign market, and foreign companies coming into Japan. Acima also manufactures the Industry-classified point-and-talk bilingual communication sheets, "Yubi-lingual" (Yubi means "finger" in Japanese) for ease of communication between local Japanese staff and foreign customers. Additional information may be found at

Amika Ohara
Acima Corporation
Tel: +81-3-6275-9739
Fax: +81-3-6850-7117

SOURCE Acima Corporation