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 Profession Development Experience

    Sunday, 11 Nov 2018, 9AM-5PM

    Japan National Defense Academy, Yokosuka


    On November 11, 2018, the Japanese National Defense Academy (NDA) will be celebrating its Anniversary Festival. NDA has graciously invited a limited number of YCAPS members and associates to join them in VIP seats for this event. Cadets will personal guide YCAPS members, practicing their English by explaining about the event,s the school and their experiences.

    A highlight of NDA’s year, this festival includes a parade by the cadets and displays of military equipment. The final event is a Bo-Taoshi match which pits a field of cadets in combat with each other. The festival is normally attended by a range of VIPs including the Defense Minister and Service Chiefs. This opportunity represents a new level of partnership between YCAPS and the NDA, and we are looking forward to joining these distinguished guests.Since there are various events in additions to the parade and boutaoshi, we expect guests will enjoy your stay at the Defense Academy while enjoying the
    conversation with the students.

    The NDA is military academy which educates and trains future leaders of three Japan Self-Defense Forces. Located near Yokosuka’s Kannonzaki point, the NDA has been training cadets since 1952. You can learn more at: http://www.mod.go.jp/nda/english/

    The event is free of charge, but access to the VIP lunch will be 2000 yen. Those who do not wish to join the lunch can partake from food stalls or bring their own food.

    Participants with access to the U.S. base in Yokosuka will meet at Purdy Gym at 0900 for bus transport to JDA. For those without access to the base, alternate arrangements will be made; for now just plan to be in central Yokosuka around 0830 and we will get you the details. The last event will be at 1700. Participants will return to central Yokosuka at their convenience by public transportation. There will be plenty of buses operating and YCAPS will provide detailed instructions on their usage so participants can depart at their leisure.

    This is a family-friendly event. Although it will likely be a bit colder and we will be outside, we request all participants dress smartly for interactions with senior Japanese leaders.

    Seating for the ceremony is limited. As usual, YCAPS spots will be awarded on a first-come-first-serve basis, so please RSVP to info@YCAPS.org. Also, if you are not among the first 45, and you would like to be added to the waiting list, please RSVP to info@YCAPS.org. When you RSVP please indicate if you have base access and if you intend to join the VIP lunch.

    As usual, if you must cancel, please communicate this as soon as possible so your fellow YCAPS members on the waiting list can enjoy this opportunity to experience a unique piece of Japanese military history!

    This event is open to the public, but only by coming with YCAPS will you have cadet escorts and access to the VIP seats.


    Co-sponsored by the Japan-United States Military Program.



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

  • 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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