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Japan and the Sea

Monday, November 17, 2014   19:30 - 21:00

Speaker:
  • Kirk Patterson (ICAS adjunct fellow and former Dean of Temple University Japan Campus. He is currently doing a circumnavigation of Japan.)

Dr. Kirk Patterson will lead a discussion on his current research project, Japan and the Sea. Specifically, he will present, and solicit comments on, environmental, cultural, political, and other reasons for why Japan was not (until the modern era) a maritime culture, nation, and power. Japan’s generally negative relationship with the sea is in sharp contrast to that of another island nation, England, which viewed the ocean as providing opportunities for trade, colonization, and adventure.

Date & Time:
Monday, November 17, 2014   19:30 - 21:00 (Doors open at 19:00)
Venue:
5F, Mita Hall
Temple University, Japan Campus
4-1-27 Mita, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Moderator:
Robert Dujarric (ICAS Director)
Registration:
If possible, we ask you to register by E-mail (icas@tuj.temple.edu) , but we always welcome participants even you do not register. / 参加登録はなしでも参加できますので、直接会場へお越しください。

Speaker:

Kirk Patterson

ICAS adjunct fellow and former Dean of Temple University Japan Campus. He is currently doing a circumnavigation of Japan.

Dr. Patterson has a Ph.D. in international relations from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University, with a specialization in East Asian diplomatic history. Previously the Dean of Temple University Japan, he is currently doing a multiyear, solo circumnavigation of Japan, trying to become the first foreigner to complete such a voyage. He is a Canadian/US dual citizen and has lived in Japan for a total of over 26 years.