Enabling Professional Growth and Fostering Dialogue

  • About

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

    Our Charter

    • 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 Blue-Eyed Samurai Series

    Wednesday, March 25 -- 10:00-14:00

    Yokosuka, Japan

    Join YCAPS on a hike to William Adams' burial monument from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 25.

    COVID-19 Update: This event has been canceled.

    Walk through cozy neighborhoods and up a hill to Tsukayama Park, known for its cherry blossoms and cascading views of Yokosuka and the sea. Atop the hill, enjoy your own packed lunch with fellow hikers in an ohanami picnic near Adams' monument. While Adams was buried in Nagasaki, his son Joseph built this structure to remember his father in Yokosuka. If the weather holds, this will be near the timing when the cherry blossoms peak.


    Along the way, participants will be able to pick the brain of Mike Perrin, an expert on the life and times of William Adams.

    Itinerary: Meet at 10 a.m. outside the Yokosuka Naval Base's main gate to walk as a group to Shiori Station. Bring a lunch or join us in purchasing a to-go lunch from a local bakery near Shiori Station before hopping on the train to Anjinzuka Station.

    *If you would rather meet us at Anjinzuka Station, plan to arrive about 10:45 a.m. and bring your lunch. Please send an email to info@ycaps.org if selecting this option so we know to wait for you.

    From Anjinzuka, we will take a 20 min, 1.5 km walk uphill to the park, where we’ll enjoy our lunches before walking another 1.5km to Jodoji, Adams' family temple. Here we will be able to visit the shrine and interact with its leaders. The event will wrap up at Hemi Station around 2pm.

    Bring your lunch, drinks and a SUICA or PASMO card to ride the trains.


    RSVP/Cost: Free of charge, but bring lunch (or money if starting from the base and wanting to buy something at the bakery and a train pass (PASMO/Suica). RSVP by email to info@ycaps.org.


    This initiative is part of YCAPS' Blue-Eyed Samurai Series. Known in Japan as "Miura Anjin" and across the world as the "Blue-eyed Samurai," William Adams was a British ship pilot who sailed a private Dutch fleet when his ship reached Japan in tatters in 1600. He went on to become a shipbuilder and won the trust of Shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu, whom he served as an advisor and diplomat instrumental in opening trade. Upon becoming a samurai, he was granted fiefdom in Yokosuka. His life inspired James Clavell's novel and eponymous 1980 TV miniseries, "Shōgun." 2020 marks the 400th anniversary of his death.

    Canceled: Seto Sea International Leadership Voyage

    Young Yokosuka x Yokosuka Mariners

    May 2-6, 2020

    From Hiroshima to Kobe

    This event has been canceled. After consultations between YCAPS leadership and our partners at ISPA-J, we have determined to cancel the voyage out of respect for the risks associated with sleeping in close quarters, the reduced access to health care at sea, and the general uncertainty involved in the national health situation. We made this decision now so that participants, some of whom would have been arriving from overseas, can plan appropriately.

    Canceled: Blue-Eyed Samurai Sail

    YCAPS Blue-Eyed Samurai Series

    May 23-24, 2020

    From Yokosuka to Ito

    This event has been canceled. After consultations between YCAPS leadership and the host ship Miraie, we have determined to cancel voyage out of respect for the risks associated with sleeping in close quarters, the reduced access to health care at sea, and the general uncertainty involved in the national health situation. We are working to process refunds to all those who have already purchased tickets.



    Have a look at our blog or Facebook events 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 Building

    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.

    Open Seminar Series

    Learn from World-class Experts in a Relaxed Setting

    YCAPS open seminars feature leading experts who come from around the world to share their perspectives with our participants. Open to the public, these seminars are specifically designed to be applicable to all levels of expertise, from curious students to professionals working in that field. The setting is community-oriented relaxed, accessible and professional.

    Blue-eyed Samurai Series

    Samurai Series x Yokosuka Mariners

    Educational lectures, hiking and sailing events February to May, 2020.

    YCAPS is commemorating the 400th anniversary of the death of English adventurer-turned-samurai William Adams with a series of lectures, events and adventures this spring.

    Yokosuka 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 and shore-based camps. Stars & Stripes newspaper reported on, our biggest Yokosuka Mariners event to date, the inaugural YCAPS-ISPA Japan's leadership development voyage in the Seto Inland Sea in this article and one of the young leaders created this photo essay. 

    YCAPS Roundtables

    Informed Small-group Dinner Discussions

    YCAPS members gather in small groups to discuss timely topics in a lively social atmosphere. Each roundtable is facilitated by a specialist who provides read-ahead materials to enable those attending to dive right into the discussion even before the food arrives. Invitations are shared with YCAPS members and those on our email list.

    YCAPS Afloat

    Supporting U.S. Navy Sailors at sea and their commands

    YCAPS Afloat directly supports U.S. miltary personnel in their efforts to expand their regional knowledge and strategic thinking while deployed and during port visits throughout the Indo-Pacific. Working in alignment with commands’ leadership and/or Morale, Welfare & Recreation (MWR) programs, YCAPS Afloat provides information and other resources or, when there are sufficient interested personnel, establishes a YCAPS chapter on board specific ships. If you are interested in receiving resources or establishing a YCAPS Afloat chapter, please send us an email get in touch.

    YCAPS members at an important security conference

    Young Yokosuka

    Building Lasting Relationships among the Next Generation of U.S.-Japan Alliance Ambassadors

    The YCAPS Young Yokosuka program creates opportunities for individuals in their teens and early 20s to establish international friendships, develop intercultural leadership skills, and learn about issues impacting their community. The event series involves a mix of social and educational opportunities such trips to community festivals, bowling nights, leadership workshops, speed-cubing competitions, tours and lectures tailored to interests of Young Yokosuka participants.

    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!

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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 globbprofessionals. The organizations specifically collaborate to provide opportunities through the Yokosuka Young Mariners Program.

  • Volunteer Leaders

    The team that keeps YCAPS on track and moving forward


    Justin Boyd









    Alli Krug

    American Community Relations, Youth Engagement, Yokosuka Mariners &

    Senior Editor of Writers' Circle



    Information Technology & Business Relations



    Stacy Lin

    Public Promotion



    Leo Lin

    Research Affairs and Partnership Activities




















    Senior Advisor



    Special Advisor for Education & Policy



    Special Advisor for Government Affairs

    Special Advisor for Public Affairs and Public Diplomacy



    Advisor for Youth Programming and Professional Development












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