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

    Yokosuka U.S.-Japan Young Leaders Assembly

    Intercultural Networking Opportunity by YCAPS & JUMP

    31 May 2019

    Starting at 17:45.

    MWR Bowling Alley (On the U.S. Base in Yokosuka)


    48 American and Japanese Yokosuka students will have the opportunity to get to know one another and exchange cultural experiences while bowling on the U.S. base in Yokosuka. YCAPS and JUMP will provide pizza, soft drinks, and the bowling fees. Register your RSVP here. Spots will be allocated in the order that individuals respond and those who need assistance with base access must RSVP by 20 May. Those without their own ability to access the base will receive instruction to meet in central Yokosuka at 1700. Others meet at the bowling alley at 17:45.


    Co-sponsored by the Japan-US Military Program (JUMP).

    Space, The Final Domain (Star Trek or Star Wars?)

    YCAPS-JUMP-ICAS Seminar in Yokosuka
    Date & Time: Fri, June 7, 2019
    17:30-18:30 Networking Reception
    18:30-20:30 Seminar
    Conference room 1 (6F)
    Werk Yokosuka Kinrofukushi Hall



    How does space matters to our everyday's lives? Why is "freedom of space" (maintaining the stability, sustainability, and free access to and use of space for all) important to the world? What contributes to stability and conversely instability in space (conceptual framework)? How can America and its allies and partners (through the developing U.S. Space
    Force) mitigate space instability and strengthen stability in space and
    safeguard their national interests in space?

    Seminar leader:

    CAPT Tuan Pham is the Assistant Chief for Staff for Intelligence to Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Japan. He is a Navy's Maritime Strategist, Strategic Planner, China Hand (master-level), and seasoned China Watcher with over two decades of professional experience in the Indo-Pacific. He is widely published in international relations and national security affairs. He has written eight professional policy articles on U.S. space policy and strategy, U.S. Space Force, China's space ambitions and military space program, and conceptual framework of space stability and instability. His most recent work "U.S. Space Force Needs Policy and Strategy Parts 1-3)" was published in the Center for International Maritime Security last Feb. The views expressed during the presentation are his own (off-the-record), and do not reflect those of the Navy, Department of Defense, or U.S. government.


    Co-sponsored by the Japan-US Military Program (JUMP) and Institute of Contemporary Asian Studies (ICAS).


    Location: Conference room 1 (6F), Werk Yokosuka Kinrofukushi Hall ヴェルクよこすか(横須賀市立勤労福祉会館)第1会議室
    YCAPS-ICAS Seminar in Tokyo
    Date & Time: Fri, June 7, 2019
    19:00 Door Open
    19:30-21:00 Seminar
    1F Parliament student lounge, Azabu Hall
    Temple University, Japan Campus
    2-8-12 Minami Azabu, Minato-ku, Tokyo 
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    Over the past decades, global mobility of students grew from 2.2 million in 2001 to 5.1 million in 2016—an increase of 130%—according to the UNESCO. However, this singular growth trajectory in the number of students masks the qualitative shifts and underlying trends and issues shaping the mobility patterns. To this end, there is a need to better understand the shifts in terms of source and destination countries along with student segments and national policies.

    Student mobility can be analyzed from the lens of three Waves marked by key external events. While the first and second Waves were characterized by the terrorist attack and global financial recession respectively, third Wave is shaped by the new political order which is intensifying global competition for attracting international students. In this Wave growing ambition and competitiveness of Asian universities to attract international students is going to shift mobility patterns of students in search of value for money.


    Seminar leader:

    Dr. Rahul Choudaha is a recognized scholar-practitioner based out of San Francisco Bay Area. His research focuses on mobility and experiences of international students and its implications for institutional global engagement and internationalization strategies. Choudaha has presented nearly 150 sessions at professional conferences including several keynotes/plenaries and has been quoted over 300 times in global publications including the BBC, Time, NPR and The Wall Street Journal.

    Choudaha is a research associate at the Center for Studies in Higher Education at the University of California, Berkeley. Previously, he has taught graduate courses on International Higher Education at New York University and Baruch College. He received the Tony Adams Award for Excellence from the European Association of International Education in recognition of his research on international student segments. Choudaha holds a doctorate in higher education from University of Denver.


    Co-sponsored by the Institute of Contemporary Asian Studies (ICAS).


    Location: 1F Parliament student lounge, Azabu Hall
    Temple University, Japan Campus
    2-8-12 Minami Azabu, Minato-ku, Tokyo 
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  • 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.

    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 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, send us an email.

    Yokosuka Young 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. See our events section for upcoming journeys.


    The newspaper reported on the inaugural YCAPS-ISPA Japan's leadership development voyage in the Seto Inland Sea in this article. Email the Yokosuka Young Mariners Program for more information.

    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!

  • 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 professionals. 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

    John Bradford


    Joseph Le


    Justin Boyd


    Aaron Nowlin



    Michael Yuichi Takigawa

    Yokosuka City and JMSDF Relations



    Alli Krug

    American Community Relations, Youth Engagement &

    Senior Editor of Writers' Circle



    Leo Lin

    Research Affairs and Partnership Activities



    Stacy Lin

    Public Promotion



    Thomas Lattanzio

    Washington D.C. Actitivities

    Tuan Pham

    Past Treasurer

    Special Advisors

    Provide Expertise and Support to the Executive Committee

    Mr. Michael Macarthur Bosack

    Special Advisor for Government Affairs


    Dr. Annette Bradford

    Special Advisor for Education & Policy


    Dr. Nancy Snow

    Special Advisor for Public Affairs and Public Diplomacy


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