1930: First Japanese linguist, John Hurt, hired by SIS.
In the photo: Hurt is standing - third from the left.
From the NSA PDF - " Translator Extraordinaire" by Samuel S. Snyder (see link below to read full PDF)
"John Hurt made an invaluable contribution to the nation's cryptologic effort. His work as a translator of Japanese, especially prior to and during World War II, won him the admiration of the author (Samuel Snyder), along with many of the others who were connected with the Signals Intelligence Agency and the National Security Agency."