Eldridge was born in New Jersey, U.S.A., in 1968, and graduated from the Department of International Relations, Lynchburg College, Virginia. He earned his doctorate from Kobe University Graduate School of Law in 1999. From 2001-2009, he was a tenured associate professor at Osaka University’s Graduate School, and from 2009-2015, served as the deputy assistant chief of staff, G-7 (Government and External Relations), Marine Corps Installations Pacific in Okinawa. During this time, he was one of the proposers of Operation Tomodachi at the time of the March 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami. He is the author of numerous works including The Origins of the Bilateral Okinawa Problem (2003) and The Origins of U.S. Policy in the East China Sea Islands Dispute (2014).
While public opinion polls are said to not be entirely reliable indicators due to the questions asked, sponsor of the polls, or other factors, there are some new surveys done in the United States that are not only highly interesting but also a great indicator of the state of American society as a whole and politics in specific.
U.S. Secretary of Defense James N. Mattis visited Japan on February 3 and 4 via South Korea where he met with Prime Minister Abe Shinzo and Minister of Defense Inada Tomomi. Inada and Mattis subsequently held talks the next day at the Defense Ministry, where they also gave a press conference following their session together.
During the run-up to the U.S. presidential elections, three of the four candidates openly came out against the Transpacific Partnership agreement, which had been signed by representatives of the U.S. and other eleven governments, including Japan, on February 4, 2016.
Where does one begin when trying to explain what is going on in the United States with this year’s presidential election? It is certainly one of the most bizarre ones to date, not least of all because the two main candidates are highly unpopular with the American public.
Attention has grown in recent days with regard to the Senkakus in light of the hundreds of Chinese fishing and coast guard vessels entering the contiguous zone surrounding Japanese waters around the islands. However, it is not a new problem. It is only a new stage of the problem, or better said, a new chapter in the book that could be called “The Senkakus Saga.” And like pages in a manuscript, the plot continues to thicken.
When examining election results and providing analysis on a particular election, there are often a number of factors to weigh—voter turnout, party support, international and domestic politics, local sentiment, and the candidates’ popularity, etc.
Forty-four years ago, the United States returned administrative rights over Okinawa, and the prefecture became a part of Japan again in fact as well as in name.