Connecting those who have served in Japan
JUMP DC: U.S.-Japan Partnership on Strengthening Economic Architecture in Asia
JUMP Washington, D.C.: On Thursday, October 15, 2020 at 4 PM we will host a hybrid event at the National War College in cooperation with the Japan-America Society of Washington, D.C. "U.S.-Japan Partnership on Strengthening Economic Architecture in Asia" will feature remarks by a panel of experts and allow for virtual participation of guests from all across the United States. For more information, including details on how to register, please check out our JUMP website.

Stay tuned to our newsletter, social media channels, or website for more details as we get closer.
Three Japan-U.S. Alliance Papers Published
In the last two months, our partners at Sasakawa Peace Foundation USA (Sasakawa USA) have published numerous papers related to the Japan-U.S. alliance. We at JUMP believe that the content would interest our members, especially those members who have served in the Navy or Coast Guard. Please check these out and let us know what you think.

Dr. Patricia O’Brien, Visiting Fellow at Australian National University and an Adjunct Associate Prof. at Georgetown University, observes the anniversary of the Pacific War and leads us on a historical survey of U.S. and Japanese relations with the Pacific Islands. Dr. O’Brien offers insightful policy recommendations and cautionary advice for U.S. and Japanese government entities wishing to re-engage with the Pacific Islands after decades of neglect. 

Rachel Fleishman, Shiloh Fetzek, and Christine Parthemore of the Center for Climate Security discuss the history of U.S.-Japan cooperation on humanitarian aid and disaster response. They analyze the threat climate change poses to security operations and the geostrategic posture of the alliance. They encourage policymakers to start incorporating environmental security perspectives into their grand strategies so that the alliance can best adapt to an unforgiving climate and the severe disasters it brings.

Commander Kentaro Furuya (JCG) discusses the role of the Japan-U.S. alliance in maritime capacity building in the Indo-Pacific in order to counter China’s attempts to destabilize the region. The alliance has invested in various coast guard and maritime law enforcement agencies to reinforce international norms and the law of the sea throughout the Indo-Pacific. He wonders whether this investment has been enough to counter China’s subversion of the international order, or if the alliance needs to invest more.
YCAPS Hosts Webinar Series for JUMP
Our partners at the Yokosuka Council on Asia-Pacific Studies (YCAPS) have continued the YCAPS-JUMP webinar series that started back on May 16th with four more events over August and September.

Major General Nozomu Yoshitomi (JGSDF) discussed major concerns with Japan’s Southwest (Ryukyu) Islands and the danger of China forcibly asserting itself along this strategic island chain. He outlined his theories regarding the defense of the Senkaku Islands and First Island Chain in the age of anti-access/area denial (A2/AD) challenges. General Yoshitomi explained the challenges of geography, both for defenders and invaders. Specifically, coral reefs that dominate the area complicate the employment of large naval and amphibious assets. He then expounded upon the role to be played by the JMSDF Amphibious Rapid Deployment Brigade (ARDB) and the critical need for small, nimble, military watercraft for the rapid deployment, redeployment, and medical evacuation of amphibious troops.

Tobias Harris, author of the only English-language biography of Prime Minister Abe Shinzo led a seminar for nearly 100 participants. He described the inspiration for his book, his general evaluation of Abe’s legacy, and placed Abe as a leading figure interacting with the contemporary Japanese political landscape. Much of the discussion focused on Abe’s achievements and shortcomings relative to his status of a source of continuity and stability as Japan’s longest-serving Prime Minister. Participants generally acknowledged his strengths and a stand-out global statesman, but had mixed views of his performance as a domestic leader who was unable implement his socio-economic reform agenda.

Please stay tuned to our newsletter, social media channels, or website for details on future events.

The next YCAPS-JUMP webinar will take place on October 15 at 9 AM JST (8 PM EST on October 14). Regional experts from four countries will give their perspectives on the U.S. Presidential Election.

Please stay tuned to our website and the YCAPS website for more information on future seminars.
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 who have interesting stories of their time overseas.

If you're interested in sharing your experiences. Please check out the submission guidelines on the JUMP website.
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