• Japan-Pacific Islands Countries Cooperation on Maritime Law Enforcement

    YCAPS-SPF Community Conversation (Yokosuka In-Person)

    18 July 2023 – 17:30-19:45 (Japan)

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    YCAPS & the Sasakawa Peace Foundation are pleased to announce the next event in the Community Conversations seminar series in the Yokosuka Community! This event will feature Dr. Yurika Ishii.


    The talk will discuss recent developments concerning the cooperation between Japan and Pacific Islands countries. It will focus on its legal significance and the implication on the US-China power politics in the region.


    Additional comments after Dr. Ishii's talk will be made by Capt. Kentaro Furuya (JCG) who has kindly offered to join us as a discussant.



    • 17:30-18:15 Refreshments & Networking (food & drinks)
    • 18:15-19:30 Presentation and Q&A
    • 19:30-19:45 Post Event Conversing




    Werk Yokosuka
    Japan, 〒238-0006 Kanagawa, Yokosuka

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    Registration: Optional via this form.





    Yurika Ishii is Associate Professor at National Defense Academy of Japan, where she is in charge of law of the sea and public international law courses. Her areas of interest include general public international law, law of the sea and international / transnational criminal law. She achieved LL.B. from the University of Tokyo, Faculty of Law (Political Science Course), LL.M. from Cornell Law School (with Rotary Ambassador Scholarship), and Ph.D. from the University of Tokyo, Graduate Schools for Laws and Politics with a thesis on international regulation of economic crimes, which was published as International Regulation of Transnational Crimes (Yuhikaku, 2017) (Japanese; Awarded the 51th Adachi Mineichiro Award). She stayed at Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law (Heidelberg, Germany, 2008, 2010), Max Planck Institute for Foreign and International Criminal Law (Freiburg, Germany, 2011) and Harvard Law School (Cambridge, the United States, with Fulbright Scholarship, 2014-15) as a guest researcher.




    Capt. Kentaro Furuya (JCG) is an adjunct professor at the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS), visiting professor at Keio University and professor at the Japan Coast Guard Academy. He obtained his first master’s degree from World Maritime University (MSc) and the second from the University of Greenwich (MA with Distinction). He has served as a coast guard officer and dedicated himself to maritime safety and security at the scene and to formulation of policy on shore. He was also appointed as a member of the Japanese delegation to the International Maritime Organization. Recently, he was assigned as a faculty member to the Maritime Safety and Security Policy Program, a collaborative program designed and administered jointly by GRIPS and the Japan Coast Guard (JCG) where students study professional knowledge, analytical skills, and communication skills relevant to their services. He is in charge of teaching the law of the sea and coast guard operations. His recent publications include “Maritime Security—The Architecture of Japan’s Maritime-Security System in the East China Sea,” Naval War College Review, Vol. 72(4).2019; and “The Guanabara Case: The First Case of Punishment of Somali Pirates under the Japanese Piracy Act,” The International Journal of Marine and Coastal Law, Vol. 28, 2013 (with Professor Tsuruta, J.).





    Format: This event will be off-the-record.

    Registration: Optional: google form
    Moderators: Jeff Mazziotta

    Co-Sponsor: Sasakawa Peace Foundation
    Seminar Cost: Free of charge