Japan is unlike anywhere else in the world; a place where ancient history jostles with neon modernity and Zen serenity with a fast paced, technological efficiency.
Historically, Japan was known for its exquisite craftmanship and attention to detail, typified by the brutally effective samurai sword. Japan opened to the world in the mid-nineteenth century and industrialisation then took place rapidly. Whilst learning modern manufacturing from other countries, Japan maintained its commitment to high quality products.
This tour aims to link past and present. Travel through Japan and learn of the history of the country, see traditional craftsmanship and examples of modern Japanese engineering, both civil and mechanical. There is also a full range of cultural, scenic and historical visits throughout Japan at a lovely time of year.
A Chartered Engineer, Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and a Member of the National Society for Professional Engineers in the USA, Michael spent the major part of his working life with an American Chemical Corporation. He was based in the USA for several years as a Global Project Manager working on projects in Asia, Europe & North America. He returned to the UK in the role of Global Technology Centre Manager for the Corporation and Engineering Manager of a COMAH Site. After ten years in these roles he then spent five years as the Corporations Global Process Engineering Manager.
Since retirement Michael has lectured at the four main Universities in South Wales and has also concentrated on promoting engineering to young people through the Year in Industry Scheme at two of these Universities.
Michael is a past Chairman of the IMechE South Wales Region, followed by several years as Regional Treasurer. He currently Chairs Company MPDS Accreditations for the IMechE and is an interviewer for Institution Membership.
Ground only price is US $5,148 per person sharing (excluding international flights and transfers)