Japan: Geography, History, Culture and Lifestyle


1:10 PM – 2:50 PM

9/17, 9/24, 10/8, 10/15, 10/22, 10/29, 11/5, 11/12

The land area of Japan does not have any natural resources and is about 4% of the total land area of the US. Its population is only about 1/3 of the US’s. After centuries of isolation the second half of the 19th century saw rapid westernization and social reforms placing Japan as a world military and economic power. We review Japan’s geography, history, religions, towns and neighborhoods, public transportation, societal customs and the realities of everyday life which led the country to its current place in the world.   

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Facilitator: Roman Laszuk

Roman Laszuk earned a master’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Toledo, Ohio who spent 30 years of his business career with General Motors.  He became interested in Japan’s history, culture and customs after having numerous interactions with Japanese businesses that led to multiple visits to the country.