• 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


    1F Parliament, Temple University Japan Campus Azabu Hall.

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

    North Korea played a key role in the development of the alliance between Japan and the United States. Its invasion of the South in 1950 prompted Washington to push for Japanese rearmament. American orders for Japanese goods and services to support the US-led UN forces contributed to the post-war economic recovery of Japan.

    In the past two decades, North Korea's ballistic missile and nuclear weapons program has contributed to greater Japan-US military cooperation, especially in the field of missile defense. The latest series of North Korean bomb and missiles tests have ratchet up tensions and present new challenges for the Japan-US Alliance.

    For this panel discussion ICAS Fellow John F. Bradford will join with Narushige Michishita to discuss issues related to the ongoing crisis in North Korea, who, alongside the U.S. under the Trump administration, has amplified its political rhetoric, with the looming threat of war raising concerns about regional stability and Japan’s international relations.

    Professor Narushige will address the growing threat from North Korea, which has encouraged Japan to strengthen its defense capabilities and commitment to the defense of South Korea. However, it is worrisome that the same threat might undermine US-Japan alliance’s ability to defend South Korea in the future.

    Commander John F. Bradford will describe recommendations for the Republic of Korea, Japan, and the United States to cooperatively address the evolving challenges posted by North Korea.


    Narushige Michishita is professor and the director of the Security and International Studies Program at the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS). Previously, he served as senior research fellow at the National Institute for Defense Studies (NIDS), Ministry of Defense and assistant counsellor at the Cabinet Secretariat for Security and Crisis Management of the Government of Japan. He acquired his Ph.D. from the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), Johns Hopkins University. A specialist in Japanese security and foreign policy as well as security issues on the Korean Peninsula, his works include North Korea's Military-Diplomatic Campaigns, 1966-2008 (Routledge, 2009) and Lessons of the Cold War in the Pacific: U.S. Maritime Strategy, Crisis Prevention, and Japan’s Role (Woodrow Wilson Center, 2016) (co-authored with Peter M. Swartz and David F. Winkler).

    Commander John F. Bradford, United States Navy, is the President of the Yokosuka Council on Asia-Pacific Studies. He maintains an active research agenda focused on Asian security with special attention given to maritime issues and cooperative affairs. 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 is in edited volumes, online publications and monographs published by leading international think tanks. As a Navy officer he has served as Commanding Officer, Executive Officer, Combat Systems Officer, Chief Engineer, Navigator, and First Lieutenant in ships forward-deployed to Japan. His staff assignments have included Regional Cooperation Coordinator for the U.S. Seventh Fleet, Country Director for Japan in the Office of the Secretary of Defense and Asia-Pacific Politico-military Officer on the Navy Staff. As an Olmsted Scholar, CDR Bradford 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 in Singapore. The views he expresses as an ICAS adjunct fellow are his own and do not reflect the official policy or position of the Department of Defense or the U.S. Government.


    Michael Bosack is a Ph.D. Candidate at the Japan International University Graduate School of International Relations. Prior to leaving military service to pursue his Ph.D., he served as the Deputy Chief of Government Relations at Headquarters, U.S. Forces, Japan. There, he was part of the team that drafted and implemented the 2015 Guidelines for U.S.-Japan Defense Cooperation. Michael was one of the founding members of the Alliance Coordination Mechanism and acted as the lead negotiator for the United States government in implementation of mutual asset protection
    authorities. He also served as the Headquarters; multilateral coordinator, working with United Nations Command and South Korean and Australian partners. Prior to his military tours in Japan, Michael served as an Air Force Maintenance Officer. He deployed twice to Afghanistan and traveled to Trinidad and Tobago to support development of the nation’s Search and Rescue fleet. After graduating from the Air Force Academy in 2007 with a B.S. in History and Foreign Area Studies, Michael was awarded the East-West Center’s Graduate Degree Fellowship. There, he completed his M.A. in Asian Studies at the University of Hawaii and earned a graduate
    certificate in Leadership Studies. Later, Michael was selected as a Mansfield Fellow and worked in the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Defense, and National Diet. His current Ph.D. research examines Alliance Theory, specifically focusing on the negotiations and outcomes of the 1997 and 2015 Defense Guidelines between the United States and Japan. Other research areas include Japanese Security Practice, North Korean brinkmanship, Postwar Occupation Policy, and Leadership Studies.

    6:30-7:30 (reception) 7:30-9:00 (seminar)

    3rd Floor Assembly Room

    Fussa Citizen's Hall (福生市民会館)

    〒197-0011 Tōkyō-to, Fussa-shi, Fussa, 2455

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    Ambassador Ichiro Fujisaki (Former Japanese Ambassador to the United States, Ambassador to the United Nations, and Deputy Foreign Minister) will lead the first YCAPS-JUMP seminar held in the vicinity of Yokota Air Base, a keystone facility for U.S.-Japan Alliance cooperation. He will describe his views as he looks outward from Japan and thinks about the international political situation in Northeast Asia. The interplay between North Korea, China, Russia, the United States and Japan is becoming increasingly complex, and in the views of many, more dangerous. Ambassador Fujisaki will bring to bear my than 40 years of diplomatic experience as he plainly explains these dynamics.


    Start the evening by anytime during the 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM reception that will feature a light meal, drinks, and excellent conversation. Find seats at 7:30 PM for this YCAPS-JUMP Seminar co-hosted by the Institute of Contemporary Asian Studies.


    Transportation from Yokosuka will be provided for those who contact info@ycaps.org. The event is free of charge.



    Ambassador Ichiro Fujisaki is one of Japan’s most experienced and respected diplomats and commentators on international relations. From 2008 to 2012, Fujisaki served as the Ambassador of Japan to the United States, leading Japan’s negotiations with the US on security and trade issues. Fujisaki was also instrumental in bridging Japan and the US following the devastating earthquake and tsunami in March 2011.

    He previously served as Japan’s Ambassador to the United Nations and to the World Trade Organization in Geneva (2005-08), chairing the Executive Committee of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.

    As the Deputy Foreign Minister, he served as Prime Minister Koizumi’s personal representative to the G8 Summit (2002-05). He was Japan’s chief trade negotiator and headed the teams for Free Trade Area agreement negotiations with the Republic of Korea, Malaysia, the Philippines, and Thailand. During his career, he initiated and headed Deputy Ministerial dialogue with China, and traveled frequently to India to lay the groundwork for large-scale infrastructure projects which are currently underway.


    Ambassador Fujisaki remains close to Japan’s political, bureaucratic, and business circles. He is currently President of the America-Japan Society, a non-profit and non-political organization with a mission to promote understanding between the United States and Japan. He is also a Distinguished Professor at Sophia University and a Visiting Professor at Keio University, both in Tokyo.

    5:30-6:30 (reception), 6:30-8:15 (seminar)

    Honcho Community Center in Yokosuka.

    〒238-0041 2-1, Honcho, Yokosuka-shi (Sogo Fukushi Kaikan Hall)

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    Walter Lohman, Director of Asia Studies at The Heritage Foundation in Washington DC, will describe the Trump Administration's policies and Washington experts' views regarding the dynamic Asian landscape. Touching on security, trade, human rights and other areas, he will share what is new and what is consistent with past administrations.

    Start the evening by 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. The event is free of charge.

    Walter Lohman is a policy expert focused principally on Southeast Asia, but also broader Asia policy including relations with America’s allies in Japan, South Korea and Australia. He is also the leading voice at Heritage on the U.S.-Taiwan relationship and is a close observer of China policy. In addition to directing Heritage's oldest study center, he also is an adjunct professor at Georgetown University, where he leads graduate seminars on American foreign policy interests in Southeast Asia and the role of Congress in Asia policy. Lohman previously served for four years as senior vice president and executive director of the U.S.-ASEAN Business Council. There, he oversaw the regional trade association’s mission of building U.S. market share in Southeast Asia and led multiple delegations of Fortune 500 companies to the region.

    Lohman also has critical experience on Capitol Hill as a Senate staff member having served as a senior professional Republican staffer advising then-Sen. Jesse Helms and as a policy aide to Sen. John McCain. Lohman holds a bachelor’s degree in humanities from Virginia Wesleyan College and a master’s degree in foreign affairs from the University of Virginia.



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  • Professional Development

    YCAPS is committed to supporting the personal and professional development of our members

    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.

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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.

  • Executive Committee

    Volunteers who keep YCAPS on track and moving forward

    John Bradford


    Joseph Le


    Christina Wong


    Thomas Lattanzio

    Tokyo Fellow

    Darian Wilson

    Outreach and Publicity

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