Enabling Professional Growth and Fostering Dialogue

  • About

    We are a non-profit organization building connections and developing people in the Yokosuka Community

    • The Yokosuka Council on Asia-Pacific Studies (YCAPS) promotes 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, YCAPS builds networks between individuals, promotes dialogue, provides world-class educational opportunities, and enables 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 rapidly growing 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

    YCAPS goes to Tokyo! YCAPS -ICAS Seminar

    Thursday, April 4 2019, 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. (doors open at 6:30 p.m.)
    Temple University, Japan Campus, Azabu Hall, 1F Parliament

    One of the key factors advanced by Japan in its bid to secure the Tokyo 2020 Olympics was its investment in technology to support not only the Games but to secure its place as the world’s most advanced urban metropolis. As the Tokyo 2020 games approach, media attention has focused on lackluster leadership, but behind-the-scenes preparedness will depend on protecting the assets and integrating the perspectives of a wide variety of stakeholders, including government and industry. This session will identify the potential cyber-threat actors, from state-sponsored to young hackers, and discuss the technologies which could be exploited.

    Michael Johnson has considerable experience framing these complex and unpredictable issues in an approachable and engaging format suitable for a lay audience. In addition to providing an overview of the issues, such as blockchain, quantum computing, and cryptocurrencies, the speaker will discuss the critical-need for cyber security career pathways, for which bright minds are being recruited from colleges, high schools and even middle schools.

    Michael Johnson

    Far East Cyber Security Director, U.S. Naval Facilities Command Far East (NAVFACFE).

    Mr. Johnson is Cyber Security Director for Yokosuka, Atsugi, Misawa, and Okinawa Japan, along with Singapore, Korea, and Diego Garcia. Mr. Johnson has experience within every key US Federal Agency (CIA, FBI, NSA) concerned with information security. He is responsible for ensuring the security of installation networked devices as well as the operational security of physical assets throughout the Indo-Pacific Command. In this capacity, Mr. Johnson regularly evaluates phishing, diverse threats, and proactively identifies vulnerabilities. The audience will appreciate Mr. Johnson’s broad technical and operational knowledge as he speaks to the critical “why” of cyber security in the modern geopolitical landscape.

    Rise of the White Hulls!

    The Growing Prominence of Coast Guards in Southeast Asian Security



    Monday, 18 April 2019, 18:00 (reception), 19:00 (seminar)

    Fussa Citizen's Hall (福生市民会館),
    3rd Floor, Room #

    YCAPS@YOKOTA! YCAPS will be returning for Fussa City for its third event near Yokota Airbase, a keystone facility for U.S.-Japan Alliance cooperation.

    Start the evening by anytime during the 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM reception that will feature a light meal, drinks, and excellent conversation. Find seats at 7:00 PM for this YCAPS-JUMP Seminar.



    At the turn of the twenty-first century, coast guard organizations in Southeast Asia have been emerging as the new maritime constabulary force. Malaysia, Indonesia, the Philippines and Vietnam have established or improved their respective coast guard organizations independent of the navy. The mandates of these agencies are not limited to maritime security and law enforcement, but also includes maritime safety and marine environmental protection. While there appears to be some regional momentum behind the creation of coast guards in each country, it is worthy to note that the geographic location of these countries coincides with the Japanese sea trade route starting from the South China Sea to Malacca Strait. Given that these countries have existing naval forces, this study poses the question: Why are coast guard organizations being developed in Southeast Asia? How did Japan influence these sovereign-sensitive countries to create and develop their coast guard organizations? In employing historical narrative, this presentation will note that Japan causes the development of coast guard in Southeast Asia. Due to their pacifist constitution, their hands are tied to deploying gray ships in protecting their national interest. The utilization of Japan Coast Guard (JCG) in 1968 for maritime safety-related projects in the Straits of Malacca and Singapore (SOMS) became the starting point for Tokyo to use its white hulls in ensuring the safety of its shipping lanes. The non-provocative image of JCG buttressed by its significant contribution in addressing navigational safety in SOMS has changed the perception of Southeast Asian towards Japan. Since then JCG’s functions have evolved; pressed by international incidents and other maritime concerns like the oil spill, piracy/sea armed robbery and eventually the assertive behavior of China. These events have defined the phases of maritime cooperation of JCG in the region, starting from maritime safety, the marine environmental protection, to maritime law enforcement and finally maritime security.



    LCDR Jay Tristan Tarriela is a commissioned officer of the Philippine Coast Guard with the rank of Lieutenant Commander, and is currently a PhD student at the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS) in Tokyo, Japan. Previously, he was assigned at the national headquarters in Manila, and performed numerous functions in different capacities, including those that involved human resources and agency budget deliberations, and maritime security capability and restructuring reforms. He attended numerous military and coast guard training, locally and abroad. He holds a graduate degree from the Philippine Merchant Marine Academy Graduate School, and a Master of Policy Studies from GRIPS and the Japan Coast Guard Academy where he was part of the inaugural class of the Maritime Safety and Security Program launched jointly by both institutions in 2016.


    The Fussa Citizen's Hall is a 6 min walk from Ushihama station (Chuo/Ome line) or free parking in the large covered garage near the corner of Route 16 and the Yokota Supply Gate. Transportation from Yokosuka will be provided for those who contact info@ycaps.org before 11 Apr.

    Seto Sea Young Mariner Leadership Voyage​

    YCAPS-International Sail & Power Association Japan (ISPA) Program
    Thursday, 2 May 2019 at 07:00 – Monday, 6 May 2019 at 22:00

    YCAPS is currently recruiting young mariners (ages 15-25, younger with a waiver) and adult leadership facilitators (sailing experience preferred, but not required) for a 2-6 May 2019 voyage through Japan's beautiful Seto Inland Sea onboard the tall ship Miraie. The underway program will be focused on developing cross-cultural leadership among an international cadre of young mariners. Instruction will be given in both English and Japanese.

    Read ISPA Japan's infosheets about this event in English or Japanese. Email the Yokosuka Young Mariners Program for more information or to register your interest with this online form.

    The program is open to all. If demand for spots exceeds capacity of the Miraie applicants will be judged on their commitment to the program and potential to make future contributions to YCAPS' mission. Please spread the word by sharing this information with others.

    Scholarships will be available, so please do not let the cost be a deterrent. If someone is interested in possibly sailing, we ask them to register their interest and work with the YCAPS executive committee on the specifics.



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

  • Professional Development Programs

    YCAPS is committed to supporting the personal and professional development of our members

    Network Development

    Meet People with Shared Interests and Common Ambitions

    YCAPS events are organized on the principal that who you meet is as important as what you learn. Therefore seminars and professional development experiences typically include a social portion where members can interact on a personal level with the world-class facilitators as well as the other participants. The events have proven to be fantastic opportunities to find mentors and develop peer-to-peer support networks.

    Yokosuka Young Mariners

    Develop Leadership and Explore the Region Under Sail

    YCAPS partners with the International Sail & Power Association Japan (ISPA) to provide opportunities for members of our community to develop leadership skills, learn environmental stewardship, and connect with Yokosuka's maritime heritage through sailing expeditions. We are currently recruiting young mariners (ages 15-25, younger with a waiver) and adult leadership facilitators (sailing experience preferred, but not required) for a 2-6 May 2019 voyage through Japan's beautiful Seto Inland Sea onboard the tall ship Miraie. Scholarships will be available. Read ISPA Japan's infosheets about this event in English or Japanese. Email the Yokosuka Young Mariners Program for more information or to register your interest with this online form.

    YCAPS members at an important security conference

    Fellowships, Scholarships, and Conferences

    YCAPS has formal and informal relationships with many organizations that sponsor a wide range of professional development programs. These include university scholarships, fellowships, internships, travel grants, and conferences. If some cases, YCAPS members have opportunities for priority placement in these programs. In other cases, YCAPS volunteers are available to advise on placement and coach applications. Download the guide or contact us for more information.

    Writers' Circle

    Become a YCAPS writer

    The YCAPS Writers' Circle is a peer-to-peer network that supports professional writing throughout the process from idea to publication. Some of our members are professional editors or experienced authors who have published many books and articles. Others are aspiring to see their first piece in print. If you would like to get involved to get some advice regarding outlets and audiences, receive feedback on a draft manuscript, or to help others on their writing projects, email the Writers' Circle. We'll find you partners that suit your needs!

  • Connect With Us

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  • Our Partners

    YCAPS partners with other organizations to deliver world-class 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 & Professional Development Program 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.

    The International Sail & Power Association Japan is a non-profit organization that promotes enjoyment in boating by providing safe and efficient boat training, raises global awareness through sail training, and provides leadership training in the maritime environment. ISPA Japan and YCAPS share an understanding of Yokosuka as an essential maritime hub and commitment to developing professionals. The organizations specifically collaborate to provide opportunities through the Yokosuka Young Mariners Program.

  • Executive Committee

    Elected volunteers who keep YCAPS on track and moving forward

    John Bradford


    Joseph Le


    Justin Boyd


    Aaron Nowlin



    Michael Yuichi Takigawa

    Yokosuka City and JMSDF Relations



    Alli Krug

    American Community Relations, Youth Engagement &

    Senior Editor of Writers' Circle



    Leo Lin

    Research Affairs and Partnership Activities



    Stacy Lin

    Public Promotion



    Thomas Lattanzio

    U.S. Fleet Relations &

      YCAPS Afloat Program Director

    Tuan Pham

    Past Treasurer

    Special Advisors

    Provide Expertise and Support to the Executive Committee

    Mr. Michael Macarthur Bosack

    Special Advisor for Government Affairs


    Dr. Annette Bradford

    Special Advisor for Education & Policy


    Dr. Nancy Snow

    Special Advisor for Public Affairs and Public Diplomacy


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