Steven Gan established and operated the first foreign owned debt collection agency, Advance & Associates, in Tokyo from 1992–2004. As Steve promoted debt collection throughout the country, he became known in the business community as “The Debt Collection Evangelist,” who single handedly developed Japan’s debt collection industry.

Steve recently wrote the book “Making It & Breaking It in Japan – My True Story of Songs, Sins, and Solitary,” which recounts his 15-year journey in Japan and includes some of his harrowing debt collection experiences -- especially those that involved collecting from the Japanese Mafia.

Steve is a monthly contributor to the Tenth News, a publication highlighting the political events and opinions supporting the 10th Congressional District Democrats of Illinois.

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