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 planneduj

    Narratives of Female Academics in Japanese Higher Education​

    YCAPS-ICAS Open Seminar

    Sept 18, 2019 (Weds)

    19:00-21:00 -- Panel and discussion


    Location: 1F Parliament

    Temple University, Japan Campus
    1-14-29 Taishido, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo 
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    ** NEW LOCATION ***


    • Dr. Jennifer Yphantides
    • Dr. Kristie Collins
    • Dr. Reiko Yoshihara

    Chair: Dr. Annette Bradford


    Despite the fact that women obtain the majority of undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees, their under-representation in higher education leadership is a global phenomenon. In Japan, the skewed academic gender balance is recognized as a national problem and the government has set a goal to raise the number of female academics to 30% by 2020. Here, women currently hold 24.8% of full-time university teaching positions. Join three experts in education, gender and teacher identity as they discuss the journeys, trials and successes and uncover the anxieties, discontent, powerlessness, and even despair of both Japanese and foreign women in Japanese higher education. Jennifer Yphantides and Kristie Collins explore to what extent foreign female academics are being welcomed into and succeeding as leaders in Japanese higher education. Jennifer traces the career trajectories of foreign women leaders in TESOL while Kristie chronicles her own long and twisty path to landing a tenured position at a Japanese university. Reiko Yoshihara turns attention to the academic precariat, reporting on the account of a Japanese woman who became a part-time instructor of English in several Japanese universities, left teaching, and subsequently returned to the teaching profession. By situating Japan as being at a unique intersection between a market-based neoliberal society and cultural gender ideology, she sheds light on the issue that women are underestimated in Japanese academia. At the heart of this discussion, the presenters ask, do categories of gender, age, and/or foreign nationality work for or against us?


    Jennifer Yphantides is a lecturer at Soka University. She has been teaching English as a foreign language since 1993. Her career has taken her to Europe, The Middle East, and Asia and she has been teaching at the tertiary level in Japan for more than a decade. She has a Doctorate of Education and researches teacher identity and women in higher education leadership.


    Kristie Collins is an associate professor and Department Head for the English and Liberal Arts Program at Reitaku University, in Kashiwa, Japan. Her research focuses on the media representation and lived experiences of single women in the U.S., Japan and Canada, and her monograph, The Marginalized Majority: Media Representation and Lived Experiences of Single Women (Bern: Peter Lang) was published in 2013.


    Reiko Yoshihara (Ed.D) is a professor in Nihon University. Her research interests include feminist pedagogy in TESOL, teaching about gender issues in English as a foreign language contexts, and teacher identity. She has published The Socially Responsible Feminist EFL Classroom: A Japanese Perspective on Identities, Beliefs, and Practices (Multilingual Matters, 2017).


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


    Learn more about event co-sponsor ICAS at https://www.tuj.ac.jp/icas/

    YCAPS-JUMP Open Seminar

    Sept 24, 2019

    5:30-6:30 PM -- Arrival Receptions

    6:30 - 8:00 PM -- Seminar discussion


    Location: Werk Yokosuka Kinrofukushi Hall




    The declared motive for Imperial Japan’s decision to launch a military offensive in December 1941 to realize the Nanshin-ron policy of the ‘Southern Advance,’ by forcibly evicting the military forces of the Western Powers from Southeast Asia, was to enable Japan to seize, harness, and apply the natural resources of that region. This was to enable the Japanese war economy to become strong enough to terminate the ongoing military conflict in China with definitive success. The oil reserves of the Netherlands East Indies and Burma were especially crucial to ‘Japanese grand strategy,’ which also counted on seizing substantial supplies of other strategic commodities such as rubber and tin. The whole point of launching the Pacific War was to make Japan economically strong enough to reorder East Asia militarily. This suggests the Japanese should have prepared before the war, or at least worked hard after launching their offensive, to make sure that they could in fact safely secure, extract and transport these essential natural resources to Japan, where they could be applied to fuel an expanding war economy. This did not occur. By the end of 1943 Allied naval and air operations were seriously disrupting what meagre efforts were being made to arrange such transportation; by the second half of 1944, they effectively interdicted the region from Japan. This Allied success not only played a direct and significant role in the outcome of the Pacific

    War, it also provoked searching questions about Imperial Japan’s entire approach to, and capabilities for, that conflict. This involved challenges in formulating grand strategy and national war policy, inter-service cooperation and combined arms, the doctrine, equipment, capabilities and culture of the Imperial Japanese Army and Navy and their Allied counterparts, and the ability to react to changing circumstances. This presentation will evaluate this problem by addressing its title question, and analyzing these challenges, through an entwined dialogue-- the two presenters will thematically evaluate, by contrast and comparison, the Japanese and Allied experiences.


    Brian P. Farrell is Professor of Military History at the National University of Singapore, where he has been teaching since 1993. His main research interests are the military history of the British Empire, the Western military experience in Asia, and grand strategy. His major publications include Empire in Asia: A New Global History, 2 vols. (contributing Series Editor and Co-Editor, 2018), The Defence and Fall of Singapore 1940-1942 (2015 and 2005), The Basis and Making of British Grand Strategy 1940-1943: Was there a Plan? (1998) and Between Two Oceans: A Military History of Singapore From 1275 to 1971 (Co-Author, 2010 and 1999).


    Charles Burgess is a PhD candidate in military history at the National University of Singapore. He holds a BA degree in history from American University and an MPhil degree in history from the University of Glasgow. Prior to embarking on his PhD studies, Charles spent nearly 15 years working for the US government in various Asia-focused analytical and operational positions, including a diplomatic position at the US Embassy in Manila. Charles' broad research interests are military, diplomatic, and international history, focusing on grand strategy and coalition warfare. His PhD thesis examines the intersection of anti-Japanese resistance and Allied strategy in WWII in the area now called Southeast Asia


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


    Learn more about JUMP at www.jumprogram.org



    Have a look at our Facebook 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 seminars feature leading experts who come from around the world to share their perspectives with our participants. Lectures are specifically designed to be applicable to all leave of expertise, from curious students to professionals working in that field. The setting is community-oriented relaxed, accessible and professional.

    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, swim parties, tours and lectures tailored to interests of Young Yokosuka participants.

    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 or get in touch.

    Yokosuka 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. Stars & Stripes 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 on of the young leaders created this photo essay. Email the Yokosuka 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!

    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.

  • 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 globbprofessionals. 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


    Justin Boyd


    Aaron Nowlin






    Alli Krug

    American Community Relations, Youth Engagement, Yokosuka Mariners &

    Senior Editor of Writers' Circle



    Michael Yuichi Takigawa

    Yokosuka City and JMSDF Relations



    Leo Lin

    Research Affairs and Partnership Activities



    Stacy Lin

    Public Promotion



    Information Technology & Business Relations






    Provide Expertise and Support to the Executive Committee

    Mr. Torkel Patterson

    Senior Advisor


    Dr. Annette Bradford

    Special Advisor for Education & Policy


    Mr. Michael Macarthur Bosack

    Special Advisor for Government Affairs


    Dr. Nancy Snow

    Special Advisor for Public Affairs and Public Diplomacy


    Kelly Langley

    Advisor for Youth Programming and Professional Development


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