John joined us onboard during our inaugural voyages to Japan in 2023 and will be joining us again for the next ‘Small Islands of Japan’ cruise series in 2024. His passion & knowledge of all things Japan is genuinely unrivalled and his ability to pass that knowledge onto our guests, both ashore on excursions but also whilst hosting lectures and presentations onboard, makes him the perfect embodiment of a Coral Expeditions guest lecturer.
John has lived, worked, and studied in Japan & crucially speaks the language, which amongst many benefits allows him to indulge his passion of translating ancient Japanese poetry.
He has worked at the Australia/Japan research centre, was CEO of News Corp in Japan & was recently inducted as a Member of the Order of Australia for his efforts in enhancing Japan/Australia relations. He is even a licensed ‘Tea Maker’ – a highly prestigious position in Japan!
John continues to lecture on Japanese history and culture at some of the worlds top universities and is still a regular traveller to Japan where he indulges his passion for walking adventures throughout the Japanese archipelago.