John C. Taylor is the Principal Officer at the U.S. Consulate in Fukuoka, Japan. He previously served as the Public Affairs Officer in Sapporo from 2009-2012, and has also had assignments in Stockholm, Sweden, Surabaya, Indonesia, Washington, D.C., Kabul, Afghanistan, and Harare, Zimbabwe. During his tour in Sapporo, he made many trips to Tohoku, both before and after the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami, including visits to devastated coastal communities, where he programmed the first cultural events following the disaster at several evacuation centers.
Mr. Taylor was born into an Air Force family, and lived in five different states before graduating from high school near Washington, D.C. He received a B.A. and MBA from Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. When his father retired from the Air Force, his parents settled in Provo, which John now considers home. He worked for Nihon Keizai Shinbun as a translator before graduate school, and joined the Air Force himself in 1997. He completed an assignment as a Peacekeeper missileer in Wyoming before working at North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) in Colorado, where he had a role in the response to the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks by clearing the Air Warning systems of test data as all commercial air traffic was grounded.
John first came to Japan as a volunteer representative for his church in 1987, spending roughly six months each in Okayama, Kagawa, Tokushima, and Hiroshima prefectures. He enjoys traveling, particularly road trips, and has visited all 50 states, as well as 34 Japanese prefectures, including all Kyushu-Yamaguchi prefectures. He is fond of music, board games (including shogi), sports, as both a participant and spectator, and particularly likes bowling and karaoke in his spare time. He and his wife Miho will celebrate their 30th wedding anniversary this year and have four children and one grandchild.