• 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

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

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

    5th Floor, Training Room 2

    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 identity 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. This event is co-sponsored by Temple University Japan's Institue of Contemporary Asian Studies.


    Location: Honcho Community Center in Yokosuka.

    5th Floor, Training Room 2

    Execute Committee Elections

    26 Sept, 18:30

    Yokosuka Honcho Community Center

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

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    At the start of the 26 Sept YCAPS-JUMP Seminar featuring Professor Nancy Snow, YCAPS will elect new members to it Executive Committee.


    Serving on the YCAPS executive committee is a great way to improve quality of our programs, expand a professional network and develop new skills. Roles and responsibilities assigned to each committee member are tailored to the individual's experience, goals, desires, and availability. This is a team where all contributions are welcome.


    Thus interested in running for the committee should either email info@ycaps.org or speak to any of the current committee members.

    Japan's Diplomacy under Shinzo Abe: Time for Stocktaking (YCAPS-JUMP Seminar)

    10 Oct 2017, 17:30 (reception), 18:30 (seminar)

    Yokosuka Honcho Community Center

    7th Floor, Music Room 2

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

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    Tomohiko Taniguchi is a professor at the Keio University Graduate School of System Design and Management, teaching international political economy and Japanese diplomacy. He also serves as Special Adviser to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s Cabinet and previously served as Counselor in Prime Minister’s Abe’s Office. His career includes twenty years with Nikkei Business, a stint spent in London as the magazine's correspondent as well as President of the Foreign Press Association in London, service with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as Deputy Press Secretary and Deputy Director General for Public Diplomacy, work as the executive adviser to Chairman of the Central Japan Railway Company, and sabbaticals at Princeton University as a Fulbright fellow, the Shanghai Institute for International Studies, and at the Brookings Institution. Taniguchi holds an LL.B. from the University of Tokyo, a Doctorate in national security from Takushoku University, has authored or co-authored more than 10 books on international affairs, and has appeared live frequently on media outlets such as Al-Jazeera English, BBC, CNBC and CNN.

    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. This event is co-sponsored by Temple University Japan's Institue of Contemporary Asian Studies.


    Location: Honcho Community Center in Yokosuka. ​


    Admiral Togo Shrine Tour and Lunch Discussion at Suikokai​

    4 Nov 2017, 10:30AM

    Meet in front of the Togo Shrine Meiji Dori

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    Did you know that in Tokyo's Harajuku district there is a shrine dedicated to the spirt Admiral Togo, Japan's hero from its 1905 victory over Russia? Wonder how a mortal man earns his own shrine? What is the connection between this history and thinking within today's JMSDF? Dou you know about Suikokai, an organization dedicated to conducting research, supporting the JMSDF and honoring those who have served Japan at sea? This YCAPS outing is designed to help you understand these questions and their answers.

    We will meet in front of the Togo Shrine at 10:30am for a private English tour of the shrine and explanation of its history and significance with time to enjoy its superb gardens. Then we will move to the Suikokai Club building which is also located on the shrine grounds where we will enjoy a specially-prepared bento box lunch. Suikokai is a private organization promoting research activities related to maritime security. It also works on a wide range of activities which honor and support the Maritime Self-Defense Force. Admiral Anzai (JMSDF, retired), President of the Suikokai will give a short presentation about the organization and answer your questions. The event should be completed around 1:00pm

    This tour will be limited to 20 people, so a firm RSVP by email to info@ycaps.org is necessary. RSVP via Facebook is not sufficient. Spots will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis with a final RSVP deadline of 19 Oct.


    Meeting place will be in front of the Meiji Dori entrance to the shrine. Google map: http://tinyurl.com/y8hgatq5



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

  • 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


    Darian Wilson

    Outreach and Publicity

    Jeff Ryan

    External Relations

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