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Robert D. Eldridge

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).

For Democracy’s Sake, Reform the Okinawa Media

Robert D. Eldridge, Ph.D.

In the first essay entitled, “The Media Situation in Okinawa,” I discussed the closed environment in Okinawa that permits the local media to exist with fear of economic competition or alternative views. I stated that this situation where there was a strong media bias and a lack of outside information, was “abnormal” and “unhealthy.”

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What the Hyakuta Incident Taught Us

Robert D. Eldridge, Ph.D.

 In the previous essay, “The Media Situation in Okinawa,” published on July 21, I discussed the background to the “Hyakuta Incident” in regards to the structural and ideological problems of the Okinawan media and why they continue to exist in the way they do, which was the likely reason behind the comments by the novelist Hyakuta Naoki that the local media should be destroyed.

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The Media Situation in Okinawa

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