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Meiji History 101: Feudal Island Backwater to Regional Power in 45 Years

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Time and Location

November 13, 8pm ET (November 14, 10am JT)


What was Japan before there was a Japan? How did it become Japan? Who shaped a diverse culture without words for religion, philosophy, or even a common language to fabricate the concepts required to educate its people to build a modern nation? Where did Japanese leaders learn these and other concepts? What was the role of traditional Asian culture? All of these questions and more will be discussed by Mr. Lance Gatling who will be joining the Getting to Know Japan series to discuss the transformative era of Meiji. 

Questions are encouraged during the live event. Register here: Meeting Registration – Zoom.

Mr. Lance Gatling is the founder of The Kanō Chronicles©, a unique Japanese history project. He founded Nexial Research, a consultancy based in Tokyo, Japan serving the defense, space and government markets. In 40 years in Japan and Asia he held key positions in the US government and commercial companies including Hughes Electronics, Boeing Space, Société Internationale de Télécommunications Aéronautiques, Raytheon, and Texas Instruments Defense Group. He was a licensed international arms broker, involved in sales ranging from small arms ammunition to spacecraft.

He retired from the U.S. Army as a Lieutenant Colonel after serving as a Northeast Asia Foreign Area Officer (Japan, China, Korea and Taiwan political-military affairs specialist) and military operational planner for the bilateral defense of Japan, and as a Foreign Service Officer, U.S. State Department.

His education includes a Bachelor of Science degree from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, and master’s degrees in Public Service, Western Kentucky University and National Security Affairs / East Asia Studies, U.S. Naval Postgraduate School.

Lance was the only foreign member of the Satellite Utilization Advisory Committee of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), served as a founding Member of the Board, TechnoGrowth House, Japan Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI). He is the first non-Japanese member of the board, Tokyo Judo Federation, Japan’s largest. He is a member of the Japanese Academy of Martial Arts and Director and Instructor at the U.S. Embassy Tokyo Judo Dojo.

This event will be recorded and archived on YCAPS’ YouTube channel Yokosuka Council on Asia-Pacific Studies – YouTube.

For more information visit:
GTKJ Meiji History 101
Series webpage: Know Japan – YCAPS

This event is supported through the Salary Assistance Grant for U.S.-Japan Community Grassroots Exchange Program.

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