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

    ICAS-YCAPS Seminar

    Thursday, December 6 19:00 - 21:00 (Doors open at 18:30)

    1F Parliament, Temple University Japan Campus Azabu Hall.

    YCAPS Treasurer Tuan Pham will be giving a talk in Tokyo! 

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

    Building on the successes of the Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2018 and leveraging the changing political conditions in the Indo-Pacific highlighted during the 2017 and 2018 Shangri-La Dialogues, and in line with the new muscular National Security and Defense Strategies, the Trump Administration should give serious consideration to conducting RIMPAC 2020 in the South China Sea. If so, the bold trifecta in strategic effects—pushing back against China’s unilateral expansionism in the strategic waterway, reinforcing the legal standing of the 2016 International Arbitral Tribunal ruling that invalidated Beijing’s Nine-Dash Line claims, and underscoring the universal importance of rule of law and compliance with global norms—will demonstrate that the United States and like-minded nations are willing to stand up for their national interests and shared values. Pham and Newsham will discuss the feasibility of holding RIMPAC 2020 in the South China Sea, and the risks and challenges that need to be overcome.



    -- Grant Newsham:

    Retired US Marine Officer and a Senior Research Fellow at the Japan Forum for Strategic Studies.Free of charge.

    -- Tuan Pham

    U.S. Navy’s Strategic Planner, Maritime Strategist, and China Hand with extensive experience in the Indo-Pacific.


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


    This event is held by Institute of Contemporary Asian Studies and co-organized with Yokosuka Council on Asia-Pacific Studies (YCAPS).

    YCAPS -JUMP Seminar

    Thursday, 10 Jan 2019, 17:30 (reception), 18:30 (panel discussion)

    Honcho Community Center in Yokosuka (Sogo Fukushi Kaikan Hall)


    Dr. Paul Midford will ask why Japan pursued regional security isolationism during the Cold War, and why it then suddenly ended this isolationism on the cusp of the Cold War’s end, embracing regional security multilateralism. This talk focuses on the July 1991 Nakayama proposal and the resulting legacy of more than a quarter century since of Japanese leadership in promoting regional security multilateralism. Japan’s initial sudden burst of leadership, in the form of the proposal by Foreign Minister Nakayama Tarō and several additional proposals by Prime Minister Miyazawa Kiichi played a crucial role in introducing regional security multilateralism in East Asia through the establishment of the ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF), the first regional multilateral security forum. Japan’s consistent leadership thereafter also played a crucial role by building on the ARF to create other multilateral security institutions in East Asia, including the Northeast Asian Cooperation (NEA 3) from 2003, The Regional Cooperation Agreement on Combating Piracy and Armed Robbery against Ships in Asia (ReCAAP) in 2004, the ASEAN Defense Ministers Meeting Plus Dialogue Partners (ADMM Plus) in 2010, and the East Asian Maritime Forum in 2012.


    This presentation identifies several challenges that Japan’s pivot from security isolationism toward security engagement and leadership in promoting regional security multilateralism was designed to address. First, in terms of overcoming Japan’s post war reputational problem the reassurance imperative is the most important factor explaining both Japan’s security isolationism during the Cold War and its subsequent active promotion of regional security multilateralism. This presentation also identifies two other motivations for promoting regional security multilateralism: to mitigate its alliance security dilemma of entrapment versus abandonment vis a vis the US, and to build new security utilities not provided by the US-Japan alliance in non-traditional security areas, including counter-piracy, counter-terrorism, countering illicit trafficking in drugs, human smuggling, etc., and humanitarian and disaster

    relief operations (HaDR).


    Dr. Paul Midford is the Director of the Norwegian University of Science and Technology Japan Program. He specializes in Japanese foreign and security policies, East Asian international politics, including regional security multilateralism, Japanese domestic politics, and Japanese and East Asian approaches to renewable energy.

    Free of charge.

    Location: Honcho Community Center in Yokosuka (Sogo Fukushi Kaikan Hall). Between the main gate of the U.S. Navy base in Yokosuka and the Shopper's Plaza. A few minutes' walk to Shiori, JR Yokosuka, and Yokosuka Chuo train stations. Venue website. Google Map.


    Co-sponsored by the Japan-United States Military Program and Institute for Contemporary Asian Studies.



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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

    Michael Yuichi Takigawa

    Yokosuka City Relations



    Alli Krug

    American Community Relations &

    Senior Editor of Writers' Circle



    Aaron Nowlin

    Military & Self Defense Force Relations


    Leo Lin

    Research Activities



    Stacy Lin

    Public Promotion



    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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