Launched by business conglomerate Inden Inc., Cotoba.me aims to hit 30,000 interpreters by the end of Mar. 2020. Inden Inc. is headquartered in Tokyo and Kyoto.
The app lets foreigners search nearby interpreters anywhere in Japan through GPS. The matching algorithm takes language skills, specialized fields, and hobbies into account. It is available for both Android and Apple devices.
Cotoba.me asks users to pre-pay for services using a credit card with the option to cancel within 48 hours. It’s currently only available in Japanese but will add English, Chinese, Korean, Portuguese, and other languages in the future.
The app is a one-of-a-kind job-matching service in Japan where growth in the number of foreign tourists is becoming an integral part of expansion strategies for jobs and property sites. Yolo-Japan is the largest information resource for foreign residents in Japan. GPlus Media is also famous for operating foreigner-focused property and job sites.
The Japanese government is targeting 40 million foreign visitors a year, according to the Japan Times.