I have Moribito: Guardian Of The Spirit sitting on my shelf, waiting patiently for me to read it. On the same day I took it home, I found this interview with Cheryl Klein, who worked with the author and the translator. She talks about issues of translation and even mentions the kidlitosphere! Woo!
It's a PDF, so you'll have to scroll down a tad, but you'll find it on page 5.