• Enabling Professional Growth and Fostering Dialogue


  • About

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

    Our Charter

    • 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

    All YCAPS Events will be Virtual during the COVID-19 Pandemic

    YCAPS Yokosuka Webinar Series
    Wednesday, August 19, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. (1900 JST)
    via Google Meet

    Join YCAPS for the next iteration of our webinar series exploring interesting and contemporary topics relevant to our base communities and beyond. Our featured guest will be Dr. Hitoshi Kawano, a professor of Sociology at the Department of Public Policy and the Director for International Exchange at the National Defense Academy (NDA) in Yokosuka, Japan.

    To join, please go to: meet.google.com/gkr-fved-tqp

    Dr. Kawano will explore the National Defense Academy's exciting and important responsibility of educating the future officers of Japan's Self-Defense Forces. After discussing the illustrious history of the NDA and its contributions to the Yokosuka community, Dr. Kawano will discuss his article “The Expanding Role of Sociology at Japan National Defense Academy.” In this article, he examines how and why sociology gained momentum as an academic discipline. Audiences are encouraged to read his articles prior to the webinar.


    Dr. Hitoshi Kawano is a professor of Sociology at the Department of Public Policy and the Director of the Center for International Exchange at the National Defense Academy in Yokosuka, Japan. He received his Ph.D. from Northwestern University in 1996. His research interests include military history, sociology of combat and peacekeeping, mental health, family support, gender mainstreaming and diversity management issues within the Japanese Self-Defense Forces, and civil-military relations in Post-Cold War Japan. His publications include “Combat Leadership on Guadalcanal: In Extremis Leadership of the Japanese and American Soldiers in World War II” in Leadership in Extreme Situations, M. Holenweger et al. eds., Springer, 2017; “Developing Diversity Leadership in the Japan Self-Defense Forces,” in Disaster, Diversity and Emergency Preparation, L. Magnussen, ed., IOS Press, 2019; and “Family Support and Gender Policy in the Japan Self-Defense Forces,” in Military and Society in Israel and Japan: Family Support, Mental Health and Public Support, E. Ben-Ari and H. Kawano, eds., Global Security Seminar Series No.5, Center for Global Security, National Defense Academy, 2020.

    Webinar Cost: Free of charge.
    Please register on Facebook or RSVP to info@ycaps.org. RSVP not required, but helpful for organizers.

    YCAPS Yokosuka Webinar Series

    Wednesday, September 16, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. (1900 JST)
    via Google Meet

    Join YCAPS for the next iteration of our webinar series exploring interesting and contemporary topics relevant to our base communities and beyond. Our featured guest will be retired Japan Ground Self-Defense Force Major General Nozomu Yoshitomi who is now at Nihon University's College of Risk Management.

    To join, please go to: meet.google.com/gkr-fved-tqp


    Major General Nozomu will discuss his article titled “Shore-to-Shore Amphibious Assault” that was recently published in the U.S. Naval Institute Proceedings. His analysis addresses major concerns with Japan’s Southwest Islands and the danger of China forcibly asserting itself along this strategic island chain. He will discuss these concerns and his recommendations to ensure the U.S.-Japan Alliance can successfully prepare and respond to such a threat. Please feel free to read his article prior to the webinar.



    Professor Yoshitomi retired from the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF) on April 1st, 2015. He served in the military for more than thirty years, as a field artillery officer for about ten years, as an intelligence analyst for about ten years, and in teaching/research assignments for about ten years. His last assignment in military service was a chief of Division for Strategy/Concept, JGSDF Research and Development Command. Recently, he also instructed at the School of Defense Sciences at the National Defense Academy of Japan, served as a commander of the 1st Surface to Ship Missile Regiment, JGSDF and as a councilor of the Cabinet Intelligence and Research Office. He graduated from the National Defense Academy in 1983 with a degree in international relations. He completed Command and General Staff Course and Advanced General Staff Course at the JGSDF Staff College. He received a master’s degree in international security from the Graduate School of Takushoku University in 2006 and completed the doctoral program in the Graduate School of Takushoku University in 2012. Professor Yoshitomi’s research covers a wide range of issues including Japan’s defense strategy, JGSDF’s posture, Japan’s civil-military/international collaboration in humanitarian assistance and disaster relief (HA/DR). His recent works include “The Role of the Ground Self-Defense Force in Maintaining Maritime Traffic Security: For Japan’s National Interest as a Global Maritime Nation” (Japan Association for International Security, The Journal of International Security, Vol. 43 No. 1, June 2015),“Japan’s Capacity Building for Vietnam: Cooperating with the United States for Maritime Security in the South China Sea” (Research Institute for Peace and Security, RIPS Policy Perspectives, No.22, February 2015), “Military-Military Cooperation on HA/DR in the Indo-Pacific Region: JSDF’s Perspective” (Center for Excellence in Disaster Management & Humanitarian Assistance, LIAISON, vol.6, 2014).


    Webinar Cost: Free of charge.
    Please register on Facebook or RSVP to info@ycaps.org. RSVP not required, but helpful for organizers.



    Have a look at our blog or Facebook events 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 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.

    YCAPS Roundtables

    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.

    YCAPS members at an important security conference

    Mongolia Connect

    Strengthening grassroots community connections for the common good.


    The YCAPS Mongolia Connect program creates opportunities for Americans, Japanese, and Mongolians to establish international friendships, develop intercultural leadership skills, and learn about issues impacting the greater international community. The program's events mix of social and educational experiences, language lessons, and opportunities to serve others in a unique and impactful way. Through empowering and connecting these three countries’ communities, YCAPS seeks to create lasting impacts and sustainable people-to-people relationships. 

    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.

    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 get in touch.

    Yokosuka Mariners

    Develop Leadership and Explore the Region Under Sail

    YCAPS has partnered 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. 

    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, speed-cubing competitions, 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.

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  • 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 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 reports, and jointly deliver the online Maritime Discussion series.

  • Volunteer Leaders

    The team that keeps YCAPS on track and moving forward

    Executive Director




    Vice President








    Alli Krug

    Director for Youth Engagement, Director of Yokosuka Mariners program & Senior Editor of Writers' Circle



    Director for Public Promotion



    Director for Community Relations



    Director for Policy Research



    Director for Information Technology & Business Relations



    Director for University Engagement



    Director for Southeast Asia Programs














    Senior Advisor



    Special Advisor for Education & Policy



    Special Advisor for Government Affairs

    Special Advisor for Public Affairs and Public Diplomacy



    Advisor for Youth Programming and Professional Development



    Dr. Asyura Salleh​

    Special Advisor of Maritime Security



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