• About

    We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit tax exempt organization

    • The Yokosuka Council on Asia-Pacific Studies aims to promote the study of strategic, diplomatic, and legal issues affecting the Asia-Pacific Region.
    • Capitalizing on Yokosuka City's unique pool of global expertise and rich maritime heritage, we seek to build networks between individuals, promote dialogue, provide world-class educational opportunities and enable professional mentorship.
    • All discussions are held in personal capacity of the participants and all the activities are off-the-record in nature. Comments made by members are non-attributable and made in the spirit of education and conceptual exchange. All of the views expressed are personal and, more specifically, no comments or discussions presented during our meetings reflect any official government policy.
  • Join Us

    YCAPS wants you!

    We are a small group taking aim at big

    issues impacting the Asia-Pacific Region


    If you'd like to join an event just RSVP and turn up. If you aren't sure and want more information, then drop us a line. We bring together a diverse group of individuals with different backgrounds and experiences to help us explore common challenges. Our members include students, young professionals, leaders at the top of their careers and retired experts. Our programs are designed to help everyone develop while building bridges between Yokosuka's thought communities.

  • Upcoming Events

    We always have interesting events planned

    22 June, 17:30 (reception), 18:30 (seminar)

    Yokosuka Honcho Community Center 〒238-0041 2-1, Honcho, Yokosuka-shi

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    Professor Andrew Oros will discus hows Japan's awakening to new security challenges has culminated in the multifaceted "security renaissance" of the past decade. He will then offer thoughts on the implications of that invigoration for the United States military. From a practical perspective, his remarks will touch on both how the changes will influence regional security dynamics and suggest new opportunities for operational cooperation.

    Professor Oros is a specialist on the international and comparative politics of East Asia and the advanced industrial democracies, with an emphasis on contending approaches to managing security. He is author or co-author of three books on Japan’s evolving security policies, including Japan’s Security Renaissance (Columbia University Press, 2017), over a dozen scholarly articles and book chapters, and numerous short policy briefs. He speaks frequently about his research on issues in Japanese politics and East Asian security in the mass media, to fellow researchers, and to policymakers in Washington DC, Tokyo, and world-wide.

    Start the evening by joining a 5:30pm-6:30pm reception, featuring a light meal, drinks and excellent conversation. Find seats at 6:30 for this YCAPS-JUMP Seminar.


    Location: Honcho Community Center in Yokosuka. 〒238-0041 2-1, Honcho, Yokosuka-shi (Sogo Fukushi Kaikan Hall)

    9 July, 10:30am, (tour star)- 15:00 (lunch finish)

    Meet at Japan Coast Guard Museum near the Yokohama Red Brick Warehouses.

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    This event will being with a guided tour of the Japan Coast Guard Museum in Yokohama. We will then proceded to the Bashimichi Taproom where we have reserved the third floor balcony. Prof. Narushige Michishita will give a presentation on North Korea and its threat to Japan. We will then enjoy a social lunch.

    We will meet at the Japan Coast Guard Museum near the Red Brick Warehouses in Yokohama at 10:30 for a private tour of the museum delivered in English. In addition to general informartion about the Japan Coast Guard, the museum features the hulk of a North Korean spy boat that was sunk by the Japan Coast Guard in a December 2001 during an event that has been dubbed "The Battle of Amami-Oshima."

    Will will then proceed to the Bashimichi Taproom. Prof Narushige Michishita, a expert on Korea, Japan and security issues will discuss the maritime dynamics of the North Korean threat.

    We will then enjoy a soical lunch featuring fantastic American-style barbeque on the Taproom's wonderful 3rd story veranda enjoying the summer weather. YCAPS and its partner, JUMP, will provide the food, but guests will need to buy their own drinks.

    The tour will be limited to 30 people, so RSVP by email info@ycaps.org is necessary. RSVP via Facebook is not sufficient.


    Meeting Location: Assemble at Japan Coast Museum (1-2-1, Shinko, Naka-ku, Yokohama, 231-0001) at 10:30AM



    Have a look at our Facebook site to learn more about past YCAPS events.

  • Our Partners

    YCAPS partners with other organizations to improve our programming

    YCAPS has an active partnership with the Japan-U.S. Military Program (JUMP) based on our common objectives and shared values. The most tangible manifestation of this partnership is the YCAPS-JUMP Seminar Series which provides opportunities for members of the U.S. military community in Yokosuka to develop professional networks with strategic thinkers from across Greater Tokyo and learn from world-class experts.

    YCAPS and TUJ's Institute of Contemporary Asian Studies (ICAS) both serve as centers of gravity for professional development and advanced thinking on issues related to Asian politics, society, and economics. Because our regular event venues are about 90 minutes from each other, we share some audience members while serving different core communities. YCAPS and ICAS take advantage of this situation to regularly co-sponsor events.

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