Dr. Paul Midford, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, will ask why Japan pursued regional security isolationism during the Cold War, and why it then suddenly ended this isolationism on the cusp of the Cold War’s end, embracing regional security multilateralism for his January 10, 2019, talk: “Overcoming Security Isolationism: Japan’s Promotion of East Asian Security Multilateralism Since 1991.”
Distinguished specialists on Japan, China, the Korean Peninsula, and U.S.-Northeast Asian relations discussed the persistent challenges that have and continue to impact the region at a special JUMP event held at the National War College on November 29. This was followed by dinner and a reception.
“Cyber Security: Alliance Concerns for the Asia-Pacific Region,” a YCAPS-JUMP Seminar, was be held in Yokosuka on Nov. 28. A panel of experts discussed cybersecurity, a evolving issue setting the Asia-Pacific region as an epicenter for wide-ranging and emerging threats.
On November 11, 2018, the Japanese National Defense Academy (NDA) celebrated its Anniversary Festival. NDA graciously invited a limited number of YCAPS members and associates to join them in VIP seats for this event. Cadets personally guided YCAPS members, practicing their English by explaining about the event, the school, and their experiences.
JUMP hosted a tasting with whisky expert Hajime Kunai, Certified Whisky Expert (Japan Whisky Research Centre) and former General Manager of the Mars Shinshu Distillery, on November 8, 2018. The tasting for JUMP members washeld at Sasakawa USA’s offices in Washington D.C.
JUMP traveled to Hawaii for an event at the Official Residence of the Consul General of Japan in Honolulu on October 15, 2018.
The Japan-America Society of Hawaii, in partnership with the National Association of Japan-America Societies (NAJAS) and Sasakawa USA, hosted a gathering for Japanese military service members aboard the visiting JS Kashima and locally based service and civilian members of the U.S. military who have served in Japan.
Special thanks to Consul General Koichi Ito and Mrs. Ito for graciously hosting the event at their residence; Peter Kelley, President of NAJAS; and Chris Rodeman, Director of JUMP and Research Fellow at Sasakawa USA for attending and making this event possible.
JUMP connects past and present service members, families, and government civilians who have served in Japan. The program provides a powerful foundation for sustaining the solid alliance and relationship that exists between the U.S. and Japan.
Photos courtesy of Colby Takeda and David Nakanishi
YCAPS@Yokota: YCAPS returned to Fussa City on October 10 for its second event near Yokota Airbase, a keystone facility for U.S.-Japan Alliance cooperation. The event was standing-room only to hear a panel of six distinguished experts lead a seminar discussing “NATO States’ & Asian Security: From Interests to Action.”
On October 6, JUMP and the Japan-America Society of Northwest Florida co-hosted the 4th Annual Japan-U.S. Military Program event at the National Naval Aviation Museum in Pensacola, Florida. It included reunions by base for U.S. service members who have served in Japan, as well as presentations, bamboo flute and Taiko drum performances, and Japanese food. The event wasfree and open to the public, regardless of military service.
Eleven JUMP and Yokosuka Council on Asia-Pacific Studies (YCAPS) enjoyed a cruise together on September 22, 2018. The event was designed for YCAPS members and associates to see the industrial center of Kawasaki. The group met at 5 p.m. at Yokohama’s Red Brick Warehouses. From there, they they cruised through the industrial heart of Tokyo Bay, enjoying a spectacular display of lights and fireworks in the dark.
In coordination with the Japan-America Society of the State of Washington and the Nisei Veterans Committee, Sasakawa USA’s Japan-US Military Program (JUMP) hosted an event in Seattle, Washington, on September 9, 2018, from 10 am to 2 pm. Attendees were able to take a tour of the NVC Memorial Hall and hear from Nisei veterans, as well as help welcome guests from the Japanese Self Defense Ground Forces and Joint Base Lewis McChord.1 2 3 4 5 6 7 >
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