• Perry's Black Ships & Their Influence on Japan's Culture

    Getting to Know Japan Webinar (via Zoom) -- Tuesday, May 16, 2023 at 1000 (JST)

    In this discussion, Captain Keizo Kitagawa will give an introductory presentation on Commodore Matthew C. Perry and his US Navy expedition to Japan. This seminar will also address the impact of Perry's "Black Ships" on 19th century Japan, the conclusion of Japans' era of isolation and the subsequent Meiji Restoration and transition into a modern state.


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    This event is a part of YCAPS' "Getting to Know Japan Series" co-sponsored by Japan Foundation, New York (JFNY).



    Captain Keizo Kitagawa is the Dean, Strategic Studies Department, Japan Maritime-Self Defense Force (JMSDF) Command and Staff College in Tokyo. Captain Kitagawa joined the Japan Maritime Self-Defence Force Captain Keizo Kitagawa is the Director of Naval Strategy Office of the Maritime Staff Office in Tokyo. Captain Kitagawa joined the JMSDF upon his graduation from the United States Naval Academy where he earned a Bachelor of Science in 1993. During his career, he earned a Master of Security Studies from the National Defense Academy of Japan in 2007, as well as a PhD from Keio University in 2018. After completing the initial training, Captain Kitagawa became a surface warfare officer where he started his first ship with JS Kirishima (DDG174), Aegis system destroyer as communication officer in 1995, and he experienced various ships and posts like damage control officer, navigator, operations officer, executive officer then Commanding Officer of JS Matsuyuki (DD130) from 2010 to 2011. Also his sea duty includes staff officer of Escort Flotilla Three and he was deployed to the Middle East in the support operation for the Operation Enduring Freedom in 2002. He was the Commander, Escort Division Two(CCD2) from 2019 to 2021 until he took the present position. Captain Kitagawa led the JMSDF force for the RIMPAC 2020 and Pacific Vanguard 2020.

    His shore duty includes instructor at the JMSDF Officer Candidate School where he taught operation and navigation, International Policy Desk Officer in the Maritime Staff Office, Director of Strategic Studies Office of the JMSDF Command and Staff College. He was Director of the Operations Evaluation Office then Director of the Naval Strategies Office, Maritime Staff Office before he took the current post.
    His international duty includes, UN PKO mission, UNDOF in Syria as the Deputy Military Public Military Officer from 2003 to 2004, and deployed to Djibouti for the Counter Piracy Operation from 2009 to 2010. He was the Defense Attaché to the United Kingdom from 2013 to 2016.

    Captain Kitagawa is a frequent contributor to various academic journals, author of Intellectual Innovation of Military Organization and co-author of a few books including Strategy and the Sea by N.A.M. Rodger, J. Ross Dancy, Benjamin Darnell and Evan Wilson, eds.




    Format: This event will be recorded and published in our web archive. Questions are encouraged during the live event.

    Registration: Required Link
    Moderators: Amani Kidd

    Webinar Cost: Free of charge

    Co-sponsors: Japan Foundation, New York

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