The JUMP Annual Dinner was held on March 20th in Washington, D.C. This year’s keynote speaker was Assistant Secretary of Defense for Strategy, Plans, and Capabilities Dr. James H. Anderson.
JUMP hosted a discussion and book rollout with Prof. Naoyuki Agawa and Adm. Tomohisa Takei on March 15. This event for JUMP members was held at the Army and Navy Club on Farragut Square in Washington, D.C.
This YCAPS-JUMP-ICAS seminar looked at the challenges China’s rise presents to U.S. Maritime Strategy. The event was held on March 4 in Yokosuka and featured Professor Toshi Yoshihara.
EVENT POSTPONED: Due to bad weather, the JUMP Annual Dinner planned for February 20th has been postponed. The event will be rescheduled for a date in the near future.
Dr. Paul Midford, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, asked 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.
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