Born in Japan, made in America

Mar 22, 2014

Born in Japan, made in America

by Suzanne Kamata

Although born in Japan, Mariko Nagai, author of the just-published novel-in-verse “Dust of Eden,” was raised mostly in Belgium and the United States. “I grew up all over the world because of my father’s job,” she says. “First in Belgium, where I spoke Flemish ...

Interpreter works as bridge to foreigners

Mar 20, 2013

Interpreter works as bridge to foreigners

With nearly 40 years of experience as an English-Japanese interpreter, 69-year-old Mariko Nagai has worked for a number of important figures from various fields. Nagai has attended numerous summits as an interpreter for prime ministers, in which her role was to interpret what the ...