Past Events

Connecting those who have served in Japan.

August 29, 2019 , 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Step Up: Overcoming Cross-Cultural Differences in Japan

Join us for the next JUMP-YCAPS Seminar on August 29, 2019. Leland Gaskins will talk about his new book on overcoming cross-cultural problems in the business world.

July 17, 2019 , 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Under Pressure: Democratic Taiwan and the PRC's Coercion Campaign?​


On July 17, 2019, YCAPS-JUMP hosted a seminar by Russel Hsiao, J.D. He provided an overview of specific tactics employed by China in coercing and pressuring Taiwan into agreeing to its political interests. This was a great opportunity for YCAPS to seek out professionals and scholars who can bring Southeast Asian issues so close to home for members who cannot travel easily.

Attendees enjoyed a catered networking social before the seminar, where they had the opportunity to meet many natives of Taiwan and learn how Japan and the United States can work together with the island nation in political and technological fields.

Mr. Hsiao then led an informative discussion about the nature and extent of China’s efforts to assert power over Taiwan in what he described as a “pressure wave” of influence exerted through political, economic, diplomatic, technological, and military means. The focus of the presentation to an engaged audience of 20 YCAPS members provided detailed evidence of these activities. Attendees included many Taiwan natives and individuals who are well-traveled to the area, members of the Japanese military and business communities, active duty U.S.  military personnel, foreign policy graduate students, technologists, and a high school student interested in strategy. During a Q&A, audience members raised questions about the durability of relations with the United States and potential future collaborations, especially in the cybersecurity arena where Taiwanese technologists have enjoyed some successes.



Russell Hsiao is the Executive Director of the Global Taiwan Institute, Penn Kemble Fellow at the National Endowment for Democracy, and Adjunct Fellow at the Honolulu-based Pacific Forum. He is currently a Visiting Scholar at the University of Tokyo’s Institute for Advanced Studies on Asia. He previously served as a Senior Research Fellow at the Project 2049 Institute and National Security Fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies. Prior to those positions he was the Editor of China Brief at The Jamestown Foundation from October 2007­ to July 2011 and a Special Associate in the International Cooperation Department at the Taiwan Foundation for Democracy. While in law school, he clerked within the Office of the Chairman at the Federal Communications Commission and the Interagency Trade Enforcement Center at the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative. Mr. Hsiao received his J.D. and certificate from the Law and Technology Institute at the Catholic University of America’s Columbus School of Law where he served as the Editor-in-Chief of the Catholic University Journal of Law and Technology.

Location: 5th Floor, Room 2 of the Honcho Community Center in Yokosuka (Sogo Fukushi Kaikan Hall). Google Map

June 13, 2019 , 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

JUMP in San Diego: 17th Annual Beer and Sake Festival on June 13, 2019

On June 13, 2019, JUMP members were invited to attend a Japan-America Society of San Diego and Tijuana Beer & Sake Festival at the USS Midway Museum in San Diego, CA.

June 5, 2019 , 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Space, The Final Domain (Star Trek or Star Wars?)

This YCAPS-JUMP took place on Wednesday June 5, 2019 in Yokosuka. Titled “Space, the Final Domain (Star Trek or Star Wars?),” the seminar focused on the inherent instability and chaotic frontier that is outer space and whether or not the development of a U.S. Space Force could bring stability to this new strategic space. How does space matter to our everyday’s lives? Why is “freedom of space” important to the world? Come find out.

June 4, 2019 , 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

JUMP in Hawaii: June 4, 2019

On June 4, 2019, JUMP members were invited to attend a networking reception co-hosted with the Japan-America Society of Hawaii and the Consulate-General of Japan in Honolulu, HI.

May 31, 2019 , 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Yokosuka U.S.-Japan Young Leaders Assembly: Intercultural Networking Opportunity

The next YCAPS-JUMP event took place on Friday, May 31, 2019 in Yokosuka. The Yokosuka U.S.-Japan Young Leaders Assembly gave students, age 15-25, the opportunity to get to know one another and exchange cultural experiences while bowling on the U.S. base. YCAPS provided pizza and all bowling fees.

April 25, 2019 , 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Midshipman Send-Off at the Japanese Embassy

On April 25, JUMP participated in a send-off event organized by the Japanese Embassy for graduating students from the United States Naval Academy and other D.C. area schools. Twenty-seven midshipmen attended the event and shared with the audience why they chose Japan for their first posting. Many of the graduates will ship out sometime this summer. Give them all a warm welcome if you see them!

April 23, 2019 , 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Future of Japan's Security: Insight from the NDPG & MTDP

YCAPS-JUMP and the American Chamber of Commerce in Japan co-hosted an off-the-record event on April 23, 2019 in Tokyo, Japan. Participants engaged with a top-flight panel of experts to reflect on the contents of Japan’s recently published National Defense Program Guidelines (NDPG) and Mid-Term Defense Plan (MTDP) and discussed the expected future of Japan’s security relationships.

April 18, 2019 , 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Rise of the White Hulls! - The Growing Prominence of Coast Guards in Southeast Asian Security

This YCAPS-JUMP seminar looked at the growing prominence of coast guards in the security of Southeast Asia. Guest speaker LCDR Jay Tristan Tarriela, Philippine Coast Guard, is currently a PhD student at the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS) in Tokyo, Japan. The event was held on April 18 in Fussa, Tokyo, near Yokota Air Base.

April 5, 2019 , 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm

JUMP in Las Vegas: Aliante Casino on April 5, 2019

On April 5, 2019, JUMP and the Japan-America Society of Nevada co-hosted an event at the Aliante Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. The event included free food, guest speakers, and entertainment. This event was free and open to the public, regardless of military service.

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