• 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.
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    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

    9 July, 10:30am, (tour star)- 15:00 (lunch finish)

    Meet at Japan Coast Guard Museum near the Yokohama Red Brick Warehouses.

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    This event will begin with a guided tour of the Japan Coast Guard Museum in Yokohama. We will then proceede to the Bashimichi Taproom where we have reserved the third floor balcony. Prof. Narushige Michishita will give a presentation on North Korea and its threat to Japan. We will then enjoy a social lunch.

    We will meet at the Japan Coast Guard Museum near the Red Brick Warehouses in Yokohama at 10:30 for a private tour of the museum delivered in English. In addition to general information about the Japan Coast Guard, the museum features the hulk of a North Korean spy boat that was sunk by the Japan Coast Guard in a December 2001 during an event that has been dubbed "The Battle of Amami-Oshima."

    Will will then proceed to the Bashimichi Taproom. Prof Narushige Michishita, an expert on Korea, Japan and security issues will discuss the maritime dynamics of the North Korean threat.

    We will then enjoy a social lunch featuring fantastic American-style barbecue on the Taproom's wonderful 3rd story veranda enjoying the summer weather. YCAPS and its partner, JUMP, will provide the food, but guests will need to buy their own drinks.

    The tour will be limited to 30 people, so RSVP by email info@ycaps.org is necessary. RSVP via Facebook is not sufficient.


    Meeting Location: Assemble in front of the Japan Coast Museum (1-2-1, Shinko, Naka-ku, Yokohama, 231-0001) at 10:30AM

    Not-so-soft Power? Pop Culture and Security in Japan (YCAPS-JUMP Seminar)

    2 Aug, 17:30 (reception), 18:30 (seminar)

    Yokosuka Honcho Community Center

    〒238-0041 2-1 Honcho, Yokosuka-shi

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    Carl Gabrielson will discuss the connections between Japan’s global efforts to promote its popular culture and the domestic agenda of expanding the country’s defense capabilities. He will show how internationally-recognized pop culture institutions such as Pokémon and AKB48 are linked to nationalist ideologies and public relations strategies regarding Japan’s historical militarism and the present-day reconfiguration of the Japan Self-Defense Forces.

    Mr. Gabrielson is a JSPS/EAPSI Summer Research Fellow at Hitotsubashi University and a Ph.D. student in East Asian Languages and Cultural Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Previously, he was Assistant Professor of U.S.-Japan Relations at Lakeland University Japan from 2011-2015. His research looks at military-societal relations in Japan, and he is currently studying Japanese cultural education programs on U.S. military bases. You can learn more about him and his past work on his academic site.

    Start the evening by joining a 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM reception, featuring a light meal, drinks and excellent conversation. Find seats at 6:30 PM for this YCAPS-JUMP Seminar.

    Japan’s Info War: Competitive Nation Branding in East Asia (YCAPS-JUMP Seminar)

    26 Sept, 17:30 (reception), 18:30 (seminar)

    Yokosuka Honcho Community Center

    〒238-0041 2-1 Honcho, Yokosuka-shi

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    Professor Nancy Snow will discuss Japan's effort to promote a national brand identify and share her thoughts regarding some of the challenges and opportunities for Japan to raise its visibility in the world through cultural relations, exchange, and influence management.

    Dr. Snow has a 20+ year history in nation brand management and public diplomacy, first at the United States Information Agency and U.S. Department of State and later within the academy. She was instrumental in establishing the leading graduate programs in public diplomacy at the University of Southern California and Syracuse University. Her latest book, Japan’s Information War, is Snow’s first book on nation brand Japan. It’s written in a style of opinion and personal journey, not a typical academic text. Snow is also author/editor of ten other books, including the Routledge Handbook of Public Diplomacy and Propaganda, Inc.

    Start the evening by joining a 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM reception, featuring a light meal, drinks and excellent conversation. Find seats at 6:30 PM for this YCAPS-JUMP Seminar.



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

  • 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.

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