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CJS Lecture Series | Japan as a Marine Tourism Mecca
Featuring Kirk Patterson, President and Chief Sailing Officer of Konpira Consulting; Dean Emeritus of Temple University, Japan Campus.

Most visitors come to Japan for the history and culture (both traditional and modern), but Japan has much more to offer. Niseko, Hokkaido, for example, has become an international skiing destination. Kirk Patterson thinks that Japan has what it takes to become a marine tourism mecca, attracting people from around the world who want to swim, surf, kayak, sail, fish… or just enjoy leisurely strolls on beautiful beaches… and savor delicious Japanese seafood in the evening.

This colloquium series is made possible by the generous support of the U.S. Department of Education Title VI grant.

Dec 2, 2021 07:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Kirk Patterson
President and Chief Sailing Officer @Konpira Consulting
Kirk Patterson had a 25-year management career in Tokyo, including cofounding Japan’s first investor relations company, being AIG’s Regional VP, Corporate Communications, Japan/Korea, and serving as president/dean of Temple University Japan. He took early retirement in 2007 to pursue his long-delayed desire to become an offshore sailor, returning to Canada and spending four years teaching himself how to sail. He then sailed to Hawaii (where he spent a year working as a Waikiki bartender) and then on to Japan, spending three years to do a full Japan circumnavigation (the first by a foreigner) and then another three years cruising western Japan. He swallowed the anchor two years ago and now, based in Fukuoka, operates Konpira Consulting, a marine-tourism company.