• 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

    8 July 2020, Wednesday 19:00-20:30 (JST)

    via Google Meet

    Join YCAPS for the third iteration of our webinar series celebrating the historic contributions of Japan's base-hosting communities to the world. Our featured guest will be Professor Thomas Lockley, who co-authored the book, "African Samurai: The True Story of Yasuke, a Legendary Black Warrior in Feudal Japan" (US title; international edition, "Yasuke: The True Story of the Legendary African Samurai.”)

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

    Thomas Lockley will tell the amazing story of Yasuke, a man from Africa who served and fought beside Japan’s infamous warlord Oda Nobunaga, in the 1580s. Yasuke, a mercenary in the service of Jesuit missionaries, met Nobunaga when his employer Alessandro Valignano was granted an audience. Nobunaga was more interested in Yasuke than the Italian priest, and immediately took the African warrior into his service.

    Yasuke was gifted a house, servants, wealth and, crucially, a sword, which allows us to call him the first-ever foreign samurai. Over the next year he fought with Nobunaga on campaign, became a close personal confidant and even sumo wrestled with other Oda samurai. The dream ended abruptly in June 1582 when Nobunaga was assassinated. Yasuke stayed by his lord until the end, and is traditionally held to have rescued the severed head from capture. Afterward, the real Yasuke faded from history, but his legacy was revived as an anti-imperial icon in the 20th century and a media giant in the 21st.

    Thomas Lockley is an associate professor at Nihon University College of Law in Tokyo. He has researched and published on a number of historical figures, but is primarily known for his work on Yasuke. He has published books about Yasuke both in English and Japanese translation.

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

    This event is co-hosted by ICAS.

    19 July 2020, Sunday 13:00-16:00 (JST)
    Location: Velasis Marina

    On Sunday, July 19, the three-masted schooner MIRAIE will be making a special stop at Velasis Marina in Uraga enroute to her homeport in Kobe. The YCAPS Executive Team will be hosting an open-ship event from 1300-1600 to recognize the unique partnership between International Sail and Power – Japan (ISPA-J) and YCAPS. Come aboard to see this beautiful ship, speak with the crew and learn about future opportunities.

    The open-ship will be from 1300-1600 on July 19. Parking is available at the marina if you plan to drive (20 min drive from central Yokosuka). It is a 2km (~25 min) walk from Uraga Station to the marina if you plan to go by foot. Please join us aboard MIRAIE, meet Captain Ohara and the crew, climb the mast and enjoy a brief tour of the ship. Those wishing to climb the mast will be given safety equipment and must be at least 10 years old.

    Space will be limited to 10 visitors aboard at any time, masks will are required, and guests are asked to maintain a distance of 6 ft (2m) at all times. There will not be food or drinks for purchase aboard, but there are ship souvenirs (caps, t-shirts, etc.) should you be interested.

    RSVP by email to yokosuka.mariners@ycaps.org is required by 15 July to secure your space.

    Location of Velasis Marina: https://goo.gl/maps/rnfr3CNNfg7kTFP89

    YCAPS and ISPA-J collaborated on the 5-night expeditionary youth leadership sail training program aboard MIRAIE in May 2019. Facilitators Ric Rothney and Alli Krug will be donating generous contributions from the families who sailed last year to Captain Ohara in gratitude for making the first program available below cost.
    For more information about the expeditionary leadership training voyage-of-a-lifetime aboard MIRAIE, please visit https://okinawa.stripes.com/education/introducing-inaugural-seto-sea-young-mariner-leadership-voyage



    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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. 

    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 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 Education



    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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