Romance Scam and Legal Interpreting/Translation


Due to COVID-19 starting in 2020, the flow of people or goods was restricted. Along with that, the mobility of criminals, migration, or smuggling of criminal items such as drugs were also stopped. On the other hand, romance scams have skyrocketed through the internet or SNS so that criminal groups or violent groups could raise their fund or earn money on behalf of smuggling. Romance scams have been popular now; however, the interrogation procedure of criminals’ selves has not accumulated so much and the method of fraud has changed and variated in many ways. The author has been involved in interrogation as a legal interpreter and translator at police, prosecutors’ office, or the court in Japan, however, the knowledge about romance scams or fraud related to the relationship or romance affairs has not been recorded as “romance scams” but described just as “fraud” in Japan, thereby leading to the lack of dissemination of proper information or proper interrogation focusing on romance or affairs. This may also have contributed to the expansion of damages and a number of victims who did not understand the foreign languages or schemes in Japan. This presentation elaborates on the current situation of interrogation at various types of investigation institutions through foreign language interpreters or translators as legal interpreters and discusses how they need to work without proper information or proper conditions without accumulated knowledge or information.

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Masako Mouri, Nagoya City University, Japan

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Conference: IICAH2024
Stream: Language

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Mouri M. (2024) Romance Scam and Legal Interpreting/Translation ISSN: 2432-4604 – The IAFOR International Conference on Arts & Humanities – Hawaii 2024 Official Conference Proceedings
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