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Making It & Breaking It in Japan

  • 15 Feb 2018
  • 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
  • SSB 331

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This event is co-sponsored by Japan America Society of St. Louis; UMSL's: International Studies and Programs, Department of Languages and Cultural Studies, and Japan-America Student Association. 

Making It & Breaking It in Japan:

One American’s 15 Year Journey of Songs, Sins, and Solitary

Thursday, February 15, 2018

SSB 331—University of Missouri– St. Louis North Campus—St. Louis, MO 63121

(#11 on the campus map: http://www.umsl.edu/files/pdfs/north-campus-map.pdf )

To request a parking permit* please...

  • call JAS assistant Justin Chee at (314) 516-5754, or
  • email him at cisjas@umsl.edu

*Please note all vehicles parked on the University of Missouri- St. Louis campus, Monday through Friday, require a parking permit


Mr. Steven Gan

CPA, President of Stellar Risk Management Services, Inc.

In 1992, Steven Gan established and operated the first foreign owned debt collection company, Advance & Associates, in Japan. As debt collection was and still is the main business of the Yakuza, Steve’s early experiences in this field resulted in some terrifying experiences. Not to be deterred, Steve’s business slowly began to flourish and through countless newspaper and magazine articles, radio and television interviews, and presentations on credit and collections throughout the country, Steve became well known in the business community as the "Blue Eyed Debt Collector of Japan.”

Unfortunately, not all stories have a happy ending and this one involved a little quiet time in solitary confinement. This is a MUST attend event for those who want to understand the cultural and legal underbelly of Japan!

The Program

3:00– 4:00 PM Presentation with Q&A

4:00– 5:00 PM  Reception and Book  Sale

The book “Making It and Breaking It Japan 日本での成功と失敗 ”  is available for purchase for $10.

"Japan America Society of St. Louis" is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.
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