Connecting those who have served in Japan
Discussion and Book Rollout: Japan Maritime Self Defense Force-U.S. Navy Cooperation
JUMP will host a discussion and book rollout with Professor Naoyuki Agawa from 10 a.m.-11 a.m. on March 15 at the Army and Navy Club on Farragut Square in Washington, D.C. Agawa will discuss the subject of his book,  Friendship across the Seas: The U.S. Navy and the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force .

Admiral Tomohisa Takei will join Agawa to discuss the state of the Japan Maritime Self Defense Force -U.S. Navy relationship and answer related questions from audience members. Registrants will receive a copy of the book, which was just released in English. Coffee, tea, and breakfast will be served.

The event is open to all JUMP members. Please RSVP to attend.
JUMP welcomes Troy Robinson as new Program Assistant
On February 11,  Troy Robinson  began his role as JUMP’s Program Assistant. Robinson helps coordinate program finances, events, and communications. Prior to joining Sasakawa USA and JUMP, Robinson lived in Nagano Prefecture, Japan, for three years, working as an Assistant Language Teacher on the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program. Learn more on the JUMP website. .
JUMP Spotlight Series: Contributing to U.S.-Japan Relations with Yuji Toda
As part of JUMP’s ongoing initiative to reach out to those who have served in Japan, JUMP intern Nina Udagawa recently interviewed Yuji Toda, who served six years in the JMSDF (Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force) and is currently in the U.S. Navy.

Learn more about Toda's experiences in the United States and Japan on the JUMP website .
Join us for the JUMP Annual Dinner on March 20 in Washington, D.C.
The JUMP Annual Dinner will be held March 20 in Washington, D.C. at the Army and Navy Club at Farragut Square. The theme for the dinner will be The U.S.-Japan Alliance: New Security Challenges, and will feature remarks by the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Strategy, Plans, and Capabilities Dr. James Anderson and Admiral (ret.) Dennis Blair , former Director of National Intelligence and Commander of U.S. Pacific Command.

The reception will begin at 5:30 p.m. and dinner at 6:30 p.m. The suggested attire is Service "A" for service-members and business attire for civilians and retirees. There are still a few spots available. To attend, please RSVP soon .
Recap: Red Star over the Pacific: China’s Rise and the Challenge to U.S. Maritime Strategy
A March 4 YCAPS -JUMP-ICAS seminar looked at the challenges China’s rise presents to U.S. maritime strategy. The event was held in Yokosuka and attracted a record crowd of 65 people from Tokyo, Yokohama and Yokosuka, representing business professionals, scholars, the Japanese National Defense Academy, and the intelligence and diplomatic communities.

Professor Toshi Yoshihara provided an overview of his book, Red Star over the Pacific , discussed the implications of Chinese sea power for the U.S.-Japan alliance, and took questions. For more details, read a recap on the JUMP website .

Upcoming JUMP-YCAPS Event

The next  YCAPS - JUMP seminar will look at the growing prominence of coast guards in the security of Southeast Asia. The event will be held on April 18 near Yokota. Details and RSVP on the JUMP website or email info@ycaps.org .

JUMP Spotlight Series: Tell us your stories!

JUMP's Spotlight Series profiles U.S. service members and spouses who are serving or have served in Japan. If you're interested in sharing your experiences, e-mail Program Assistant, Troy Robinson, at   JUMP@spfusa.org .

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