It’s an obvious step. From what I gather, there’s already a significant Japanese in SL already, IM’ing each other in hiragana. In any case, East Asia societies are probably the most tech-savvy and wired.
We’re a little bit closer to a metaverse with worldwide participation (SL already has worldwide access — in theory you can log in anywhere so long as you have a good internet connection). But there’re still two major obstacles –
1. Lack of compatibility (can Second Life sync with HiPiHi? Can I transfer avatars etc between both virtual worlds?)
2. No real-time translation app.