Tomio Mizokami (born 1948) is a professor Emeritus of Osaka University, Japan. In 2018, he was conferred the Padma Sri by the President of India, at the Civil Investiture Ceremony on 2 April 2018, for his contribution to the fields of literature and education.[1][2]

Education

In 1972, Mizokami did his PhD from University of Delhi in Hindi.[1]

Career

Between June and August 1994, he taught Punjabi at the University of California in Berkeley as part of their summer intensive course. He retired as a professor of Indian languages at the Osaka University, Japan. Post his retirement, he has been a professor Emeritus at the same university since 2007, teaching Foreign Studies. His language proficiency includes English, Hindi, Punjabi, Urdu, and French. He translated Japji Sahib, a Sikh prayer into Japanese, and he is the first Japanese-Punjabi researcher.[1][3]

Awards

In 2018, he was conferred the Padma Sri by the President of India, Ram Nath Kovind, at the Civil Investiture Ceremony on 2 April 2018 for his contribution to the fields of literature and education.[1]

References

  1. ^ a b c d "Amalgamating Japanese-Indian cultures through Punjabi - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 2019-01-17.
  2. ^ "Padma Shri awardee, Japan's Tomio Mizokami speaks on meeting PM Narendra Modi, his love for Hindi language". Zee News. 2019-06-27. Retrieved 2019-07-01.
  3. ^ "In spite of diversity, there is Indianess: Tomio Mizokami". WION. Retrieved 2019-07-01.