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Date: June 7, 2020
Time: 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Additional Details

Cost: Free of charge.

Location: This is an online webinar through Google Meet. (

RSVP: Please register on Facebook or RSVP to RSVP not required, but helpful for organizers.

Webinar: Rear Admiral James Kelly on Yokosuka, Sasebo, and Community Relations (YCAPS-JUMP)

June 7, 2020 , 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

The Yokosuka Council on Asia-Pacific Studies (YCAPS) is hosting its second ever YCAPS-JUMP webinar on Sunday June 7, 2020 at 2 PM JST (Interested individuals on American west coast can tune in 10:00pm June 6th, PST). This is part of an ongoing webinar series celebrating the Yokosuka’s community’s contributions to the alliance. The featured guest will be retired Navy Rear Admiral James “Jamie” Kelly who served as commander for both Naval Forces Japan and Yokosuka’s Carrier Strike Group. Rear Admiral Kelly will discuss the central importance of communities such as Yokosuka and Sasebo in empowering the forward-deployed U.S. Navy and Japan Maritime Self Defense Force units. He will also discuss the strengths of these two communities and their vitality as something more than just ‘base towns.’


Rear Admiral James “Jamie” Kelly served as Commander, Naval Forces Japan from 2005-2009. During this tenure, he led the Navy through a number of important milestone events including the arrival of USS George Washington — the first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier to be forwarded deployed to Yokosuka. Exceptionally active in the community, he is remembered for his role in the creation of the iconic Yokosuka Burger and building housing for junior sailors. Prior to that, he had served in Yokosuka as commander of the USS Kitty Hawk Strike Group. Following his retirement in 2009, he became dean of the College of Operational and Strategic Leadership at U.S. Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island.

2020 The Japan U.S. Military Program (JUMP)

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