About the Author George Lavrov
George Lavrov was born and raised in Yokohama Japan, where he attended St. Joseph grade and high school. He is a graduate of San Francisco State University, with a major in international trade management with area specialization in Japan and the Pacific Rim. He is the author of The Pacific Rim-Threat or Promise, as well as various other articles dealing with Asian and international business.
Being trilingual, he speaks English, Russian and Japanese. During 1975 to 1986, Lavrov was based in Tokyo where he represented American insurance interests. Since returning to the U.S., he has continued to work in the international arena, especially related to Asia and the Pacific Rim.
“Having spent more than half a lifetime living and working in Japan, I have come to the conclusion, that the Japanese, in essence, will not change vis-a-vis their perception of the foreigner. (Gaijin) Times have changed, but as far as the Japanese are concerned, things have remained pretty much constant. So in this respect, I agree with Kipling, the famous British writer who penned "Oh, East is East, and West is West, and never the twain shall meet…" Or as I say, "Once a gaijin, always a gaijin." That's how I experienced living in Japan, as has, no doubt, most every other foreigner who has lived or continues to live in Japan.”
- George Lavrov