Enabling Professional Growth and Fostering Dialogue

  • 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


    YCAPS-JUMP Seminar

    Tues, 4 Sept, 2018

    17:30 (reception). 1830 (seminar)

    Honcho Community Center in Yokosuka (Sogo Fukushi Kaikan Hall)

    Dean Yoichiro Sato will describe the Indo-Pacific maritime space as the domain of both increasing security competition and developing cooperation. Among the participants, the United States is a major player, whose policy has great implications on the policy of other stakeholders. China’s growing assertiveness in the South China Sea has caused closer discussions among both the littoral states and other concerned parties, including Japan, Australia, and India. As the former U.S. Pacific Command did include both the Western Pacific and the Indian Ocean Region as its “Area of Responsibility,” what the new “Indo-Pacific” emphasis will spell out as a policy waits for more detailed pronouncements. What is clear, however, is that the so-called Japan-India-Australia-United States Quad cooperation and involvement of additional players in South China Sea Freedom of Navigation Operations will highlight prospects and possible limitations to maritime security cooperation in the broader Indo-Pacific region.

    Start the evening anytime during the 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM reception that will feature a light meal, drinks, and excellent conversation. Find seats at 6:30 PM for this YCAPS-JUMP Seminar in Yokosuka's Honcho Community Center near the US Navy Base's main gate.

    Dean Yoichiro Sato is Professor in the College of Asia Pacific Studies and the Dean of International Cooperation and Research at APU. Previously, he taught at the U.S. Department of Defense’s Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies, Auckland University in New Zealand, the Colorado School of Mines, Kansai Gaidai Hawaii College, and the University of Hawaii.

    He has published ten academic books, the most recent being Re-rising Japan: Its Strategic Power in International Relations (co-edited with Hidekazu Sakai, Peter Lang, 2017). Other include The Rise of China and International Security (co-edited with Kevin Cooney, Routledge, 2008), The U.S.-Japan Security Alliance (co-edited with Takashi Inoguchi and G. John Ikenberry, Palgrave, 2011), U.S. Engagement in the Asia Pacific (co-edited with See Seng Tang, Cambria, 2015). He has appeared in various international media, including Time, Newsweek, USA Today, National Public Radio, Voice of America, Agence France-Presse, Al Jazeera, Radio Australia, Bloomberg, MSNBC, and TVNZ.

    Dean Sato holds a B.A. in Law from Keio University, an M.A. in International Studies from the University of South Carolina, and a PhD in Political Science from the University of Hawaii.


    Location: Honcho Community Center in Yokosuka (Sogo Fukushi Kaikan Hall). Google Map.


    Free of charge. RSVP to info@YCAPS.org encouraged, but not required.


    This event is co-hosted by YCAPS, the Japan US Military Program (JUMP), and the Institute of Contemporary Asian Studies (ICAS).

    YCAPS will back in Tokyo! This seminar will be held at Temple University's Japan Campus and hosted by the Institute of Contemporary Asian Studies.

    Japan has sustained efforts to improve Southeast Asian maritime safety and security as an element of its foreign and security policy the last fifty years. These efforts have predominantly consisted of capacity building initiatives (CBIs) designed to assist the Southeast Asia states’ abilities to maintain good order in their coastal waters. In recent years, these policies have received expanded public exposure as Japan’s Ministry of Defense (MOD) and Self-Defense Forces (SDF) have been directly involved in what were in previous decades the exclusive domain of Japanese civilian agencies, non-governmental foundations and private interests.

    The Japanese initiatives have passed through three distinct phases: the first phase (1969-1998) when the initiatives focused exclusively on navigation safety; the second stage (1999-2009) when civilian maritime law enforcement capabilities were also targeted by the CBIs; and the third phase (2010-present) when expansion of the CBIs to include Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) support for naval constabulary operations was seen. The explanations for the motivations behind these policies included: direct reactions to security threats; a national policy-making competition governed by norms and laws; the desires of the United States and Alliance maintenance; and desires to fulfill Japan’s national responsibility and enhance its soft power.

    John Bradford serves as the YCAPS President and an adjunct fellow at the Insitute of Contemporary Asian Studies. He maintains an active research agenda focused on Asian security with special attention given to maritime issues and cooperative affairs. A frequent commentator at public events and specialized conferences, he has been invited to give lectures and presentations in more than a dozen countries. His written work can be found in journals such as Contemporary Southeast Asia, Asia Policy, Asian Security, Asian Survey, Naval War College Review, and Naval Institute Proceedings as well as in edited volumes, online publications and monographs published by leading international think tanks.

    John received his BA in Asian Studies and Government from Cornell University. During his undergraduate experience, he also earned a Diploma of Indonesian studies from Malang State University in Indonesia and served as an exchange midshipmen sailing aboard the Royal Malaysian Navy ship, KD Rahmat. As an Olmsted Scholar, he studied in the Department of Political Science at Gadjah Mada University in Indonesia and completed an MSc (Strategic Studies) from the Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS) in Singapore. At RSIS, he was awarded the UOB Gold Medal, an annual award going to the top student in Strategic Studies. He is also a graduate of Japan’s National Institute of Defense Studies, the U.S. Joint Forces Staff College, and the U.S. Naval War College.

    The views he expresses are his own and do not reflect the official policy or position of the U.S. Government, the Department of Defense, YCAPS, ICAS or any other organization.


    Free of charge. RSVP to info@YCAPS.org encouraged, but not required.

    Location: 1F Parliament, Temple University Japan Campus Azabu Hall. Access: http://www.tuj.ac.jp/maps/tokyo.html)



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  • Professional Development

    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 tour 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 be fantastic opportunities to find mentors and develop peer-to-peer support networks.

    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.

    YCAPS 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 very experienced authors who have published a number of 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

    Be a part of our active Facebook community

  • 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.

  • Executive Committee

    Elected volunteers who keep YCAPS on track and moving forward

    John Bradford


    Joseph Le


    Justin Boyd


    Tuan Pham


    Thomas Lattanzio

    Tokyo Fellow

    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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