Tomomi Tomita

For Tomomi Tomita's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

American-Okinawan working to keep Ryukyu language alive

National Jun 23, 2015

American-Okinawan working to keep Ryukyu language alive

Byron Fija, who knows nothing about his American father and little about his Okinawan mother, now works to preserve Uchinaguchi, a native language in Okinawa, after having overcome an identity crisis. "Uchinaguchi comprises my identity itself," said Fija, 45, who refers to himself as an ...

Interpreter hopes to improve China relations

National May 28, 2014

Interpreter hopes to improve China relations

A Japanese interpreter who worked on a series of delicate Japan-China meetings says he hopes his language skills can help to improve relations at a time when bilateral ties are pained by a territorial dispute and by tension over conflicting readings of history. In April ...