You can find the answers to these questions in Chapter 6 of the book.
Mr. Wakatsuki was arrested soon after the Pearl Harbor attack and was sent to Ft. Lincoln, which was a men only camp for enemy aliens in North Dakota.
While he was there, Mr. Wakatsuki worked as an interviewer. He helped the government interview other of the Issei -- the first generation Japanese immigrants who were not allowed by law to become Americans.
He was picked for this job because he was one of the few men in the camp who was fluent in both Japanese and English.