Construction of a Large-scale Japanese ASR Corpus on TV Recordings

Shintaro Ando, Hiromasa Fujihara

This paper presents a new large-scale Japanese speech corpus for training automatic speech recognition (ASR) systems. This corpus contains over 2,000 hours of speech with transcripts built on Japanese TV recordings and their subtitles. We develop herein an iterative workflow to extract matching audio and subtitle segments from TV recordings based on a conventional method for lightly-supervised audio-to-text alignment. We evaluate a model trained with our corpus using an evaluation dataset built on Japanese TEDx presentation videos and confirm that the performance is better than that trained with the Corpus of Spontaneous Japanese (CSJ). The experiment results show the usefulness of our corpus for training ASR systems. This corpus is made public for the research community along with Kaldi scripts for training the models reported in this paper.

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