• 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.
  • Join Us

    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

    14 Nov, 19:30

    1st Floor, The Parliament

    Temple University, Japan Campus

    2-8-12 Minami Azabu

    〒 106-0047

    Minato-ku, Tokyo

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    YCAPS will back in Tokyo! Our next seminar will be held at Temple University's Japan Campus and hosted by the Institute of Contemporary Asian Studies.

    Gregg Rubinstein will lead a discussion of armaments cooperation in US-Japan security relations. For many years US-Japan interaction on defense acquisition programs developed with little reference to capability requirements or acquisition planning – let alone broader policy dialogue. Consultations under the “2+2” framework seldom considered acquisition matters, while dialogue intended to bridge the policy-acquisition gap was largely confined to oversight of R&D projects.

    Recent developments have encouraged efforts to address this long-standing policy-acquisition disconnect. Policy-focused Roles, Missions and Capabilities (RMC) dialogue has evolved toward closer examination of defense capability needs – a process accelerated by adoption of Revised Guidelines for US-Japan Defense Cooperation. Amended Japanese government policies on defense acquisition and exports have in principle opened the way to closer interaction on defense programs between Japan and the US as well as third country partners. In practice, all this remains a work in progress – dependent on resolution of institutional challenges and more flexible attitudes among bureaucratic and industry stakeholders.

    Gregg Rubinstein’s involvement with defense and aerospace programs in the Asia-Pacific Region is based on lengthy experience as a planner, negotiator, and manager. During twelve years of his service s a Foreign Service Officer, he worked on US-Japan defense and trade issues in the US Embassy, Tokyo and the State Department's Office of Japanese Affairs. At the Department of Defense, Mr. Rubinstein served in the Defense Security Assistance Agency and Tokyo at the US Embassy’s Mutual Defense Assistance Office. After leaving government service Rubinstein worked in industry and then as a consultant on security policy and defense industrial programs in the Asia-Pacific region; he continues to work with DoD an advisor on Japan programs.

    Rubinstein was educated at the University of Chicago, Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs, and Jochi (Sophia) University, Tokyo. He has written numerous articles on US-Japan security relations as well as studies for DoD on armaments cooperation with Japan. As a member of the National Defense Industry Association’s International Committee, he contributes to government-industry projects on defense acquisition, foreign military sales, and export control.

    Location: 1F Parliament, Temple University Japan Campus Azabu Hall. Access: http://www.tuj.ac.jp/maps/tokyo.html

    30 Nov 2017, 17:30 (reception), 18:30 (seminar)

    7th Floor, Meeting room 4

    Yokosuka Honcho Community Center

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

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    “In the nearly 80-year history of Japan's ground forces, the only foreign armed forces that swore mutual defense, lived together, and died together with Japan's army was the Manchukuo Army.” So says the Senshi sōsho, the official military history of Japan’s experience in the Second World War. But this claim, intriguing as it may be, does not quite tell the whole story. The Manchukuo Army, much like the colonial state it purported to defend from 1932 to 1945, was a contested and at times even paradoxical organization. Those who found themselves a part of it, either by choice or by coercion, brought with them uncertain motivations that frequently collapsed into open mutiny. Under the command of Japanese reservists, these Han Chinese, Korean, Mongol, Manchu, and White Russian troops were trained within a Manchukuoan ideology of “racial harmony,” even as their bodies were used to secure, expand, and defend Japan’s empire by fighting and killing their former countrymen. The national army of Manchukuo thus became a site where Japanese ideas of continental imperialism, racial leadership, and colonial control could be tested in the hot crucible of war.

    Ryan Schultz will focus on the story of these Japanese officers and their colonial soldiers, emphasizing training and recruitment as well as military challenges in the army’s early years. He draws on organizational histories, orders, battle reports, combat and unit statistics, and memoirs to make his case.

    Ryan Schultz is a PhD candidate in Japanese history at The Ohio State University in the United States. He is currently conducting research as a visiting fellow at the Sophia University Institute for Comparative Culture as part of a U.S.-Fulbright Graduate Research Fellowship.

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

    Location: Honcho Community Center in Yokosuka. 〒238-0041 2-1, Honcho, Yokosuka-shi (Sogo Fukushi Kaikan Hall)

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    18 Jan 2018, 17:30 (reception), 18:30 (seminar)

    7th Floor, Meeting room 4

    Yokosuka Honcho Community Center

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

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    How Japan Should Answer the DPRK Threat: An Admiral's Assessment.
    A YCAPS-JUMP seminar featuring VADM Fumio Ota, Phd (JSMDF, retired)

    North Korea poses an increasingly complex security challenge for Japan, its neighbors, and its American allies. In response, the Japanese defense posture has been evolving. However, VADM Fumio Ota (JSMDF, retired) will explain why he believes that evolution is not fast enough and does not include all of the correct elements. He will then outline his thoughts on the best policies and strategic actions for the government of Japan to initiate.

    While active in the JMSDF, Vice Admiral Ota served at sea for almost ten years, including duty in command of the destroyer JDS Yugumo and twice as a destroyer division commander. Ashore, his assignments include tours as Director of the Defense Intelligence Headquarters; President of the Joint Staff College; Director J4 (Logistics), Joint Staff Office; Defense and Naval Attaché at the Embassy of Japan, Washington DC; Fellow at the National Institute for Defense Studies; Visiting fellow at the Center for International Security and Arms Control at Stanford University; and exchange instructor at the US Naval Academy. VADM Ota holds a PhD from Johns Hopkins University, a Masters in International Public Policy from the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) at Johns Hopkins University, a Masters in National Resource Strategy from the US Industrial College of the Armed Forces, and a Bachelors Degree from the Japan Defense Academy in Yokosuka.

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

    Location: Honcho Community Center in Yokosuka. 〒238-0041 2-1, Honcho, Yokosuka-shi (Sogo Fukushi Kaikan Hall)



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  • Professional Development

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

    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 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 very experienced authors who have published a number of 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.

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  • 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.

  • Executive Committee

    Volunteers who keep YCAPS on track and moving forward

    John Bradford


    Jenna Lindeke Heavenrich


    Christina Wong


    Joseph Le


    Thomas Lattanzio

    Tokyo Fellow

    Darian Wilson

    Outreach and Publicity

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