We are a non-profit organization building connections and developing people in the Yokosuka Community
YCAPS wants you!
We are a rapidly growing 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.
All YCAPS Events will be Virtual during the COVID-19 Pandemic
YCAPS-JUMP Seminar Series
Sunday, June 7, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. (JST) via Google Meet
Join YCAPS for the second iteration of our webinar series celebrating the Yokosuka community's contributions to the world. Our featured guest will be retired Navy Rear Adm. James "Jamie" Kelly who served as commander for both Naval Forces Japan and Yokosuka's Carrier Strike Group. To join, please go to meet.google.com/gkr-fved-tqp on Sunday, June 7 at 2 p.m. (JST).
Rear Adm. Kelly will discuss the central importance of communities such as Yokosuka and Sasebo to empower the forward-deployed U.S. Navy and Japan Maritime Self Defense Force units. He will also take us beyond the military aspects to talk about the strengths of the communities and their vitality as something more than "Navy towns."
About the Speaker
Rear Adm. James Kelly served as commander of Naval Forces Japan from 2005-2009. During this tenure, he led the Navy through a number of important milestone events including the arrival of USS George Washington -- the first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier to be forwarded deployed to Yokosuka. Exceptionally active in the community, he is remembered for his role in the creation of the iconic Yokosuka Burger and building housing for junior Sailors. Prior to that, he had served in Yokosuka as commander of the USS Kitty Hawk Strike Group. Following his retirement in 2009, he became dean of the College of Operational and Strategic Leadership at U.S. Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island.
Cost: Free of charge. Please register on Facebook or RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org. RSVP not required, but helpful for organizers.
Professional Development Programs
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 professional development experiences 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 fantastic opportunities to find mentors and develop peer-to-peer support networks.
Open Seminar Series
Learn from World-class Experts in a Relaxed Setting
YCAPS open seminars feature leading experts who come from around the world to share their perspectives with our participants. Open to the public, these seminars are specifically designed to be applicable to all levels of expertise, from curious students to professionals working in that field. The setting is community-oriented relaxed, accessible and professional.
Maritime Discussion Series
Converse Online with Leading Authorities on Maritime Topics
YCAPS partners with the Honolulu-based Pacific Forum to deliver webinars with military and civilian leaders, international security experts and scholars discussing the most pressing maritime issues in the Indo-Pacific.
Blue-eyed Samurai Series
Educational lectures, hiking and sailing events
YCAPS is commemorating the 400th anniversary of the death of English adventurer-turned-samurai William Adams with a series of lectures, events and adventures this spring.
Develop Leadership and Explore the Region Under Sail
YCAPS partners with the International Sail & Power Association Japan (ISPA) to provide opportunities for members of our community to develop leadership skills, learn environmental stewardship, and connect with Yokosuka's maritime heritage through sailing expeditions and shore-based camps. Stars & Stripes newspaper reported on, our biggest Yokosuka Mariners event to date, the inaugural YCAPS-ISPA Japan's leadership development voyage in the Seto Inland Sea in this article and one of the young leaders created this photo essay.
Informed Small-group Dinner Discussions
YCAPS members gather in small groups to discuss timely topics in a lively social atmosphere. Each roundtable is facilitated by a specialist who provides read-ahead materials to enable those attending to dive right into the discussion even before the food arrives. Invitations are shared with YCAPS members and those on our email list.
Supporting U.S. Navy Sailors at sea and their commands
YCAPS Afloat directly supports U.S. miltary personnel in their efforts to expand their regional knowledge and strategic thinking while deployed and during port visits throughout the Indo-Pacific. Working in alignment with commands’ leadership and/or Morale, Welfare & Recreation (MWR) programs, YCAPS Afloat provides information and other resources or, when there are sufficient interested personnel, establishes a YCAPS chapter on board specific ships. If you are interested in receiving resources or establishing a YCAPS Afloat chapter, please send us an email get in touch.
Building Lasting Relationships among the Next Generation of U.S.-Japan Alliance Ambassadors
The YCAPS Young Yokosuka program creates opportunities for individuals in their teens and early 20s to establish international friendships, develop intercultural leadership skills, and learn about issues impacting their community. The event series involves a mix of social and educational opportunities such trips to community festivals, bowling nights, leadership workshops, speed-cubing competitions, tours and lectures tailored to interests of Young Yokosuka participants.
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 professional editors or experienced authors who have published many 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!
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.
News & Announcements
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YCAPS partners with other organizations to deliver world-class 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 & Professional Development Program 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.
The Pacific Forum is a non-profit, foreign policy research institute based in Honolulu, Hawaii. YCAPS collaborates with the Pacific Forum to gather regional perspectives and disseminating findings and recommendations to opinion leaders, governments, and publics. We have co-sponsored public seminars, published collaborative report, and jointly deliver the online Maritime Discussion series.
The International Sail & Power Association Japan is a non-profit organization that promotes enjoyment in boating by providing safe and efficient boat training, raises global awareness through sail training, and provides leadership training in the maritime environment. ISPA Japan and YCAPS share an understanding of Yokosuka as an essential maritime hub and commitment to developing globbprofessionals. The organizations specifically collaborate to provide opportunities through the Yokosuka Young Mariners Program.
The team that keeps YCAPS on track and moving forward
Director for Youth Engagement, Director of Yokosuka Mariners program & Senior Editor of Writers' Circle