Quote Originally Posted by mnemosyne View Post
No, its not backwards, this is the actually the proper order for a Japanese name: Family name first, personal name second. It is the same in many Asian languages. It's only that in the West we have this concept that personal names have to come first and we always try to make everything fit into our concepts ...
I'm not trying to practice cultural hegemony I was just trying to get his name right.

He signed his e-mail to me 'Shinya Arimoto' and on his website (in English, at least) that is also how his name is presented.