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Lauder Singapore Zoom N’learn with award-winning journalist Robert Whiting on Japanese business culture, baseball, gangsters and spies

  • June 07, 2024
  • 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM (UTC+08:00)
  • Zoom link to be shared following RSVP. This session will not be recorded.

Please join us for the Lauder Singapore Alumni Club's inaugural Zoom N’learn. We'll be having an intimate and free-wheeling discussion with award-winning author and journalist Robert Whiting (bio below) on what we can learn about Japanese business and culture from baseball, gangsters and spies! 

Time: June 7, 2024, 9-10am SGT/June 6th 9-10pm EST

Location: Zoom link to be shared following RSVP. This session will not be recorded.

How to RSVP:  Sign-up using the link below

This event is organized by the Lauder Singapore Alumni Club as part of our regular speaker series, and all Penn Alumni are welcome. Contact Jeff Plein (WG99, G99) at or Mike Pareles (WG16, G16) at if you have any questions. 

Please RSVP here:

More information about our guest speaker:

Robert Whiting first came to Japan in 1962 as a United States Air Force intelligence officer and is regarded as one of the foremost experts on the social, political, economic and sporting landscapes of the country. He has written over 7 books in English and Japanese including the classic "You Gotta Have Wa" in 1989 and "Tokyo Underworld" in 2000, and most recently "Gamblers, Fraudsters, Dreamers & Spies: The outsiders who shaped modern Japan."

The California native has written for many renowned publications in his long career, including the New York Times, The Smithsonian, Sports Illustrated, Newsweek, Time, and U.S. News and World Report. His first book, "The Chrysanthemum and the Bat," was named Time's "Sports Book of the Year" in 1977.

Over the years Robert has delivered speeches at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, Stanford, Temple University, Occidental College and Michigan State University.

(Source: Robert Whiting and