• YOKOSUKA COUNCIL ON ASIA-PACIFIC STUDIES

    Enabling Professional Growth and Fostering Dialogue

  • About

    We are a non-profit organization building connections and developing people in the Yokosuka Community

    • The Yokosuka Council on Asia-Pacific Studies (YCAPS) promotes 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, YCAPS builds networks between individuals, promotes dialogue, provides world-class educational opportunities, and enables 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 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.

  • Upcoming Events

    We always have interesting events planned

     

    YCAPS-ICAS Open Seminar

     

    One of the most important roles of China's growing navy may not be to fight the United States Navy, but instead to replace it as a provider of peacetime security in the Asia-Pacific region. Strategists have become well aware of the importance of navies delivering international public goods such as humanitarian assistance and disaster relief. By letting rivals simultaneously demonstrate material power, establish practical international ties, and build legitimacy, disaster relief has become a way for states to compete for status relative to each other. Indeed, as the Asia-Pacific international hierarchy is increasingly in flux, international disaster relief has become a useful illustration of
    regional order building in action.

    We saw a demonstration of this after Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines in 2013, when both the US and Japan enjoyed soft power benefits from their high-profile aid, while China was embarrassed by its small contribution. Yet in just the past five years, China has constructed a large amphibious fleet, which could play significant peacetime roles in natural disasters and citizen evacuation.

    What will be the effect on the regional order if we begin to see
    Chinese naval task forces arriving to assist in future peacetime crises?

    Speaker:
    Richard Salmons has worked as a journalist and as a diplomat with the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, where he was posted to the Australian Embassy in Jakarta, and as a policy adviser in the Australian Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. After receiving an Australian government scholarship, he completed a Ph.D. in the Coral Bell School of Asia-Pacific Affairs at the Australian National University. His dissertation investigated the post-Cold War international relations of Japan, China and India, and focused on how concerns about national status can drive states towards riskier or more assertive policy options. Since receiving his doctorate, Richard has been teaching political science at Temple University, Japan Campus.

     

    * RSVP is encouraged, but not required.

     

    Hosted by Institute of Contemporary Asian Studies at their new facility.

    November 18-20, 2019

    9:00am - 5:00pm Opening Hours

     

    Location: Makuhari Messe

    幕張メッセ

    https://www.dsei-japan.com/

    For the first time, the world-class DSEI will be hosting a fully integrated defense exhibition in Japan. YCAPS is excited to be a proud supporter of this 3-day conference on November 18-20, 2019 at Makuhari Messe. This huge event will include displays by a wide range of defense systems manufacturers and service providers and an informative conference series. Speakers will include high-level policymakers, diplomats, and academic specialists.

     

    YCAPS participants will have the opportunity to enter the events for free whereas the tickets available to the general public for the price of JPY50,000. We will also be organizing free transportation for those traveling from Yokosuka and Fussa to the event venue on 18 Nov. Those interested in a pass or taking advantage of the transportation should send an email to info@ycaps.org with your name and affiliation. This will be an excellent opportunity for all those interested in defense affairs.

    Open Seminar in Sasebo

     

    November 19, 2019

    4:30pm - 6:30pm Seminar

     

    Location: Sasebo Central Community Center

    112中央公民館

    857-0053, 6-1 Tokiwacho, Sasebo City
    Venue website

    Google Map

    This public seminar is open to all interested in learning about the topic and meeting others with similar interest. Free of charge. This will be the first YCAPS event in Sasebo!

    Experts from the United States, Japan and Southeast Asia will discuss the wide array of maritime challenges that threaten the prosperity of the Indo-Pacific. These challenges include territorial conflicts, erosion of the rule of law, piracy and other criminal activities, unsustainable fishing and environmental destruction. The experts will discuss the idea that as wealthy maritime states sharing an enduring Alliance and common commitment to a Free and Open Indo-Pacific, the United States and Japan have a responsibility to lead efforts to address these challenges. They will also examine the range of partnerships required to effectively meet these challenges and the major barriers that make these challenges particularly thorny.

    Panelists:
    -- RADM Bob Girrier (USN Ret.), President, Pacific Forum
    -- Dr. Sato Yoichiro, Dean, International Cooperation and Research, Ritsumeikan Asia-Pacific University
    -- Dr. Deo Florence Onda, Assistant Professor and Deputy Director for Research, The Marine Science Institute, University of the Philippines.

    YCAPS will host this seminar with support from the US Embassy in Tokyo and in partnership with the Japan America Society of Sasebo ( JASS), the Japan-US Military Program (JUMP), and Pacific Forum (PacForum).

    RSVPing to info@ycaps.org is helpful to the organizers, but not required.

    Learn more about YCAPS at www.ycaps.org, JUMP at JUMProgram.org, and PacForum at www.pacforum.org.

    November 22, 2019

    5:30pm - 6:30pm Welcome Reception

    6:30pm - 8:15pm Seminar

     

    Location: Werk Yokosuka Kinrofukushi Hall

    ヴェルクよこすか(横須賀市立勤労福祉会館)
    http://www.werk-yokosuka.jp/access

    YCAPS-PACFORUM-ICAS Open Seminar in Yokosuka

     

    Experts from the United States, Japan and Southeast Asia will discuss the wide array of maritime challenges that threaten the prosperity of the Indo-Pacific. These challenges include territorial conflicts, erosion of the rule of law, piracy and other criminal activities, unsustainable fishing and environmental destruction. The experts will discuss the idea that as wealthy maritime states sharing an enduring Alliance and common commitment to a Free and Open Indo-Pacific, the United States and Japan have a responsibility to lead efforts to address these challenges. They will also examine the range of partnerships required to effectively meet these challenges and the major barriers that make these challenges particularly thorny.

    Panelists:
    -- Bob Girrier (RADM, USN Ret.), President, Pacific Forum
    -- Dr. Deo Florence Onda, Assistant Professor and Deputy Director for Research, The Marine Science Institute, University of the Philippines.
    -- Additional panelists to be announced!

    YCAPS will host this seminar with support from the US Embassy in Tokyo and in partnership with Tama University’s Center for Rule-Making Strategies (CRS), Pacific Forum (PacForum), and the Institute for Contemporary Asian Studies (ICAS).

    Learn more about PACFORUM at www.pacforum.org, CRS at www.crs-japan.org, and ICAS at www.tuj.ac.jp/icas/.

     

     

    YCAPS is once again teaming up with the International Sail & Power Association (ISPA) Japan to launch a Young Mariners Leadership Sailing Expedition. 2-6 May 2020 the Young Mariners will sail the ship Maraie from Hiroshima to Kobe!

    This expeditionary leadership development program is currently recruiting young international students ages 15-25 who would like to discover their leadership abilities while learning to sail this historic three-masted schooner (tall ship) with a group of international participants and facilitators! Last year's inaugural expedition was an experience of a lifetime for the participants and we expect the roster to fill quickly.

    Please register your interest and get more details by following the direction at this link or emailing the Yokosuka Mariners Program.

    The program is open to all. If demand for spots exceeds the capacity of Miraie applicants will be judged on their commitment to the program and potential to make future contributions to YCAPS' mission. Please spread the word by sharing this information with others.

     

     

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

  • Professional Development Programs

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

    Network Building

    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 seminars feature leading experts who come from around the world to share their perspectives with our participants. Lectures are specifically designed to be applicable to all leave of expertise, from curious students to professionals working in that field. The setting is community-oriented relaxed, accessible and professional.

    Yokosuka Mariners

    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. Our next event will be a 2-6 May 2020 international leadership development expedition from Hiroshima to Kobe. For more information, register here or email the Yokosuka Mariners Program.

    YCAPS Afloat

    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 or get in touch.

    YCAPS members at an important security conference

    Young Yokosuka

    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, swim parties, speed-cubing competition, tours and lectures tailored to interests of Young Yokosuka participants.

    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 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!

    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.

  • Connect With Us

    Be a part of our active Facebook community

  • Our Partners

    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 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.

  • Executive Committee

    Elected volunteers who keep YCAPS on track and moving forward

    President

    Justin Boyd

    Vice-President

    Aaron Nowlin

    Treasurer

     

    Secretary

     

     

    Alli Krug

    American Community Relations, Youth Engagement, Yokosuka Mariners &

    Senior Editor of Writers' Circle

     

     

    Information Technology & Business Relations

     

     

    Stacy Lin

    Public Promotion

     

     

    Leo Lin

    Research Affairs and Partnership Activities

     

     

    Advisors

    Provide Expertise and Support to the Executive Committee

    Mr. Torkel Patterson

    Senior Advisor

     

    Dr. Annette Bradford

    Special Advisor for Education & Policy

     

    Mr. Michael Macarthur Bosack

    Special Advisor for Government Affairs

     

    Dr. Nancy Snow

    Special Advisor for Public Affairs and Public Diplomacy

     

    Kelly Langley

    Advisor for Youth Programming and Professional Development

     

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