Captain Keizo Kitagawa will give an introductory presentation on Commodore Matthew C. Perry and his US Navy expedition to Japan. This seminar will also address the impact of Perry's "Black Ships" on 19th century Japan, the conclusion of Japans' era of isolation and the subsequent Meiji Restoration and transition into a modern state.
This event is a part of YCAPS' "Getting to Know Japan Series" co-sponsored by The United States-Japan Foundation.
Captain Keizo Kitagawa is the Director of naval Strategy Office of the Maritime Staff Office in Tokyo. Captain Kitagawa joined the Japan Maritime Self-Defence Force (JMSDF) upon his graduation from the United States Naval Academy where he earned a Bachelor of Science in 1993. During his career, he earned a Master of Security Studies from the National Defense Academy of Japan in 2007, as well as a PhD from Keio University in 2018. After completing the initial training, Captain Kitagawa became a surface warfare officer where he started his first ship with JS Kirishima (DDG174), Aegis system destroyer as communication officer in 1995, and he experienced various ships and posts like damage control officer, navigator, operations officer, executive officer then Commanding Officer of JS Matsuyuki (DD130) from 2010 to 2011.
For Captain Kitagawa's full bio please see YCAPS event page.