I think it's still a decision of the community. The system is such that it's enough to find 5 people who will put in a close vote for a question to be closed. You (and anyone else with 500 points) can vote to reopen the question.
Being a regular user, I usually see off-topic translation requests closed in a matter of hours. At the time of writing of this post, the question has been there for 8 hours with only 1 close vote, 6 upvotes and 1 answer (with 6 upvotes). I'd think it unlikely that people will vote to close this particular question and questions which are of a similar nature.
Off-topic translation requests, like elephants, are "difficult to describe, but you know it when you see it". Of course one could put a "Questions asking for translations are off-topic unless the community deems them on-topic", but that is just awkward. Anyway, personally, I enjoy most such questions, as long as they have a high curiosity factor.
There are more questions, which strictly speaking are translation requests, but are still not closed (yet):
Typing Japanese text from images or clothing
I have no idea what my old shirt says. Can anyone help?
All in all, I don't think there is anything to discuss (yet).