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Passed away on April 5, 2017 after a long illness. He dedicated his life to the study of Japan and East Asia as a Foreign Service Officer, lecturer, and author.
John was born in Bryn Mawr, PA on November 21, 1941. After attending Amherst College and Stanford University, he obtained a PhD in Japanese History from Princeton University. During his 25-year career in the U.S. Foreign Service, he lived in Japan, South Korea, the Philippines, and Canada. Upon retirement in 2000, he joined the faculty at the Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies in Honolulu and then as Asia Chair at the National Foreign Affairs Training Center in Arlington. He also published two books: "Modern East Asia - An Introductory History" (2008) and "American Political and Cultural Perspectives on Japan - From Perry to Obama" (2014). In his final years, he enjoyed volunteer lecturing on Asian history and politics at Encore Learning in Arlington, and, since 2012, he held the position of Vice President of Urasenke Tankokai DC Association, a Japanese tea ceremony association.
He is survived by his wife, Mioko, his daughter, Katherine, and his son, John, two brothers, and one niece.
At John's request, no memorial will be held. A private family service will be held this summer on San Juan Island, WA where he will be laid to rest.

Published in The Washington Post on Apr. 19, 2017
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