The 28th GJS SeminarThis Way - Kanō Jigorō and Japan's Elites

Date and time: December. 12, 2016 (Mon.), 4:00-5:00PM
Venue: Lobby, 1F, Institute of Advanced Studies on Asia, The University of Tokyo
Speaker: Mr. Lance Gatling (Founder of Nexial Research, Inc.)
Language: English

Abstract: Over his 65 year long career, Kanō Jigorō, polymath multilingual educator, founder of Kodokan judo, and first Asian member of the International Olympic Committee interacted with samurai, warriors, business oligarchs, intellectuals, Confucian scholars, Chinese revolutionaries, spies, spy lords, Western dictators, penniless commoners, prime ministers and the sons and daughters of the cream of Japanese society. Kanō shihan was involved in developments as diverse as the development of modern Japanese ethics, the adoption of Romaji, revamping physical education, introducing sports, and provided the successful strategy to capture the 1940 Olympics for Tokyo. This short presentation introduces some of the interpersonal relationships critical to understand the relationships among Japanese politics, sports, martial arts, and concepts of bushidō.

Biography of lecturer: Lance Gatling is the founder of Nexial Research, Inc., a Texas company with Asian operations based in Tokyo, Japan serving the defense, space and government markets. In 35 years in Japan and Asia he has held key positions in the US government and in companies like Hughes Electronics, Boeing Space, Alliant Techsystems (ATK), Société Internationale de Télécommunications Aéronautiques, Raytheon, and Texas Instruments.
Lance retired from the U.S. Army as a Lieutenant Colonel as a Northeast Asia Foreign Area Officer and also served in the U.S. State Department as a Foreign Service Officer. His formal education includes U.S. Military Academy at West Point Bachelor of Science, Master of Arts degrees in Public Service from Western Kentucky University and National Security Affairs U.S. Naval Postgraduate School. He was the only foreign member of the Satellite Utilization Advisory Committee of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) and served as a founding Member of the Board, TechnoGrowth House, Japan Ministry of Education.

Organizer: The Global Japan Studies Network (GJS)
Co-organizer: Institute for Advanced Studeis on Asia (IASA)
Contact: gjs[at]