Tomoya is one of the few journalists who write professionally in both English and Japanese. During the 10 years he worked for American newspapers, he wrote about various topics from crime and politics to pop culture and sports. Fluent in English and Japanese, he now specializes in writing about Japan and its culture for American audiences and vice versa.
He has won journalism awards for his reporting on Southern California’s housing crisis and the influence of super PACs on local elections. His articles have been featured in prominent news outlets in America and Japan. His online columns are often ranked the most read articles in Japan.
He also appears on TV and radio shows to discuss his reporting.
"I’ve interviewed celebrities and covered high-profile events. What has impacted me more personally, however, are the times I spent talking to people who rarely get a spotlight, such as hard-working parents who drive several hours every day to provide a better life for their children. As a nonfiction writer, I strive to tell stories that otherwise would go untold."
In case you want to know more about Tomoya, here are some bullet points:
He grew up in the outskirts of Tokyo, dreaming of one day living in the U.S., drawn by its scale and diversity. He majored in liberal arts with a concentration in American Studies at International Christian University in Tokyo before moving to the U.S. for graduate school.
His original plan was to become a sports marketer, but a journalism class he enrolled in by mistake at the University of Tennessee changed his path.
He became a freelancer in 2018 so that he can split his time writing in English and Japanese.
He lives in Orange County with his wife, Yuko, and his son and dog. You’ll probably spot them taking a walk along pristine Orange County beaches on weekends.
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