About KIGA

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We are an association for Tour Guide-Interpreters.  Our headquarters are in Osaka City.
A Tour Guide-Interpreter is a person with the national qualification authorized by the Japan Tourism Agency of the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism.
We offer not only Tour Guide-Interpreter services, but interpreter services, translator services and other language services.


Our Goal

 The Kansai Interpreter & Guide Association aims at the prevalence of International Guide-Interpreter Business and International Friendship, in Japanese society.

Our Services

 In order to achieve this goal, the association promotes the following projects:

 1. The research, study and public relations concerning International Guide-Interpreter Business
     and International Friendship
 2. International Tourism Information to the association members
 3. Educational programs to promote members’ knowledge and skills on guiding
 4. Social activities to promote friendship among members and related parties
 5. Liaisons with language education institutions, various tourism organizations and universities
 6. Various projects deemed necessary for achieving the aim of the association

Kansai Interpreter & Guide Association

   Founded:  the 5th of March in the year 1995
                (1st May 2009, Authorized as General Incorporated Association)

   Regular Members:  150 (national license holders as of June 2013)

   Languages offered:  English, Chinese, French, Spanish, German, Korean, Portuguese, and Russian