• 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

    Not-so-soft Power? Pop Culture and Security in Japan (YCAPS-JUMP Seminar)

    2 Aug, 17:30 (reception), 18:30 (seminar)

    Yokosuka Honcho Community Center

    〒238-0041 2-1 Honcho, Yokosuka-shi

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    Carl Gabrielson will discuss the connections between Japan’s global efforts to promote its popular culture and the domestic agenda of expanding the country’s defense capabilities. He will show how internationally-recognized pop culture institutions such as Pokémon and AKB48 are linked to nationalist ideologies and public relations strategies regarding Japan’s historical militarism and the present-day reconfiguration of the Japan Self-Defense Forces.

    Mr. Gabrielson is a JSPS/EAPSI Summer Research Fellow at Hitotsubashi University and a Ph.D. student in East Asian Languages and Cultural Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Previously, he was Assistant Professor of U.S.-Japan Relations at Lakeland University Japan from 2011-2015. His research looks at military-societal relations in Japan, and he is currently studying Japanese cultural education programs on U.S. military bases. You can learn more about him and his past work on his academic site.

    Start the evening by joining a 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM reception, featuring a light meal, drinks and excellent conversation. Find seats at 6:30 PM for this YCAPS-JUMP Seminar. This event is co-sponsored by Temple University Japan's Institue of Contemporary Asian Studies.

    Chinese-Japanese Competition in the East Asian Security Complex​ (YCAPS-JUMP Seminar)

    20 Sept, 19:30

    Temple University, Japan Campus

    2-8-12 Minami Azabu, Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan 106-0047

    1F The Parliament

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    YCAPS is going to Tokyo! This YCAPS-JUMP Seminar will be held at Temple University's Japan Campus and co-sponsored by the Institue of Contemporary Asian Studies.

    Professor Kerry Nankivell from the Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies (DKI APCSS) will discuss the findings of the released volume, Chinese-Japanese Competition in the East Asian Security Complex, a book which she edited. She will outline the role that Sino-Japanese competition plays in East Asian security, an area of study largely overlooked in contemporary writing, which tends to focus on either US–China relations or U.S. hegemony. Drawing on her analysis of collapsing dynamics in the East and South China Seas, as well as chapters contributed by leading scholars, the talk aims to offer a multi-dimensional portrait of Chinese-Japanese competition in contemporary Asia. Considering energy competition and rivalry for trade and investment in the 1990s through to more overt military tensions from 2010 onward, this discussion will lend much-needed specificity to our current understanding of the evolving relationship between Asia’s largest players. Ms. Nankivell will explore the nature, agency, timing and location of their rivalry over two decades, as well as its intersection with U.S. regional hegemony.

    Kerry Lynn S. Nankivell is a maritime security specialist with broad expertise in the Asian littoral. She has published on maritime issues including the South China Sea disputes, naval modernization, piracy and other non-traditional challenges. She takes a leading role in DKI APCSS' maritime programming, in Honolulu and around Asia, leading events from Vladivostok to Mumbai. Prof. Nankivell came to the DKI APCSS from the Canadian Forces' Pacific Headquarters in Victoria, B.C., where she served on the staff of Commander, Maritime Forces Pacific. She holds a B.A. (University of British Columbia) and MPhil (Cambridge University). Her writing has appeared in leading publications including Asian Security, Asia Pacific Defense Forum, Ocean Development and International Law, Cambridge Review of International Affairs, Journal of the Australian Naval Institute, Canadian Naval Review, Foreign Policy and The Diplomat. She has contributed to major publications: From APEC 2011 to APEC 2012 (2012), Issues for Engagement (2009), Understanding Global Terror(2007), and Why Japan Matters (2005). Her first edited volume, Chinese-Japanese Competition in the East Asian Security Complex: Vying for Influence will be released in 2017.

    Japan’s Info War: Competitive Nation Branding in East Asia (YCAPS-JUMP Seminar)

    26 Sept, 17:30 (reception), 18:30 (seminar)

    Yokosuka Honcho Community Center

    〒238-0041 2-1 Honcho, Yokosuka-shi

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    Professor Nancy Snow will discuss Japan's effort to promote a national brand identify and share her thoughts regarding some of the challenges and opportunities for Japan to raise its visibility in the world through cultural relations, exchange, and influence management.

    Dr. Snow has a 20+ year history in nation brand management and public diplomacy, first at the United States Information Agency and U.S. Department of State and later within the academy. She was instrumental in establishing the leading graduate programs in public diplomacy at the University of Southern California and Syracuse University. Her latest book, Japan’s Information War, is Snow’s first book on nation brand Japan. It’s written in a style of opinion and personal journey, not a typical academic text. Snow is also author/editor of ten other books, including the Routledge Handbook of Public Diplomacy and Propaganda, Inc.

    Start the evening by joining a 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM reception, featuring a light meal, drinks and excellent conversation. Find seats at 6:30 PM for this YCAPS-JUMP Seminar. This event is co-sponsored by Temple University Japan's Institue of Contemporary Asian Studies.

    Execute Committee Elections

    26 Sept, 18:30

    Yokosuka Honcho Community Center

    〒238-0041 2-1 Honcho, Yokosuka-shi

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    At the start of the 26 Sept YCAPS-JUMP Seminar featuring Professor Nancy Snow, YCAPS will elect new members to it Executive Committee.


    Serving on the YCAPS executive committee is a great way to improve quality of our programs, expand a professional network and develop new skills. Roles and responsibilities assigned to each committee member are tailored to the individual's experience, goals, desires, and availability. This is a team where all contributions are welcome.


    Thus interested in running for the committee should either email info@ycaps.org or speak to any of the current committee members.



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  • 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.

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    Volunteers who keep YCAPS on track and moving forward

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    Jenna Lindeke Heavenrich


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