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Event Details

Date: August 19, 2020
Time: 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Timezone: Asia/Tokyo

Additional Details

Cost: Free of charge.

Location: This is an online webinar through Google Meet.

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

Webinar: The Japanese National Defense Academy (YCAPS-JUMP)

August 19, 2020 , 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm (Asia/Tokyo)

On August 19th, the Yokosuka Council on Asia-Pacific Studies (YCAPS) will host its sixth YCAPS-JUMP webinar at 7 PM JST. This is part of a continuing series on the importance of base communities in U.S.-Japan relations. The featured guest will be Dr. Hitoshi Kawano, a professor of Sociology at the Department of Public Policy and the Director for International Exchange at the National Defense Academy (NDA) in Yokosuka, Japan.

Dr. Kawano will explore the National Defense Academy’s exciting and important responsibility of educating the future officers of Japan’s Self-Defense Forces. After discussing the illustrious history of the NDA and its contributions to the Yokosuka community, Dr. Kawano will discuss his article “The Expanding Role of Sociology at Japan National Defense Academy.” In this article, he examines how and why sociology gained momentum as an academic discipline. Audiences are encouraged to read his articles prior to the webinar.

Article 1: Developing Diversity Leadership in the Japan Self-Defense Forces: How Can We Develop Diversity Leaders?

Article 2: Gender, Diversity, and Military Leadership Development in Norway and Japan

Article 3: Military and Society in Israel and Japan: Family Support, Mental Health and Public Support

Dr. Hitoshi Kawano is a professor of Sociology at the Department of Public Policy and the Director of the Center for International Exchange at the National Defense Academy in Yokosuka, Japan. He received his Ph.D. from Northwestern University in 1996. His research interests include military history, sociology of combat and peacekeeping, mental health, family support, gender mainstreaming and diversity management issues within the Japanese Self-Defense Forces, and civil-military relations in Post-Cold War Japan. His publications include “Combat Leadership on Guadalcanal: In Extremis Leadership of the Japanese and American Soldiers in World War II” in Leadership in Extreme Situations, M. Holenweger et al. eds., Springer, 2017; “Developing Diversity Leadership in the Japan Self-Defense Forces,” in Disaster, Diversity and Emergency Preparation, L. Magnussen, ed., IOS Press, 2019; and “Family Support and Gender Policy in the Japan Self-Defense Forces,” in Military and Society in Israel and Japan: Family Support, Mental Health and Public Support, E. Ben-Ari and H. Kawano, eds., Global Security Seminar Series No.5, Center for Global Security, National Defense Academy, 2020.

Cost: Free of charge.

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

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