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Viewpoint Okinawan Protest Movement Gone Morally Bankrupt

Robert D. Eldridge, Ph.D.President, The Eldridge Thinktank

 Common features of movements are the tendency for them to fracture due to ideological fissures, personality clashes among leaders and their followers, factional strife and power struggles, lack of funding or support, or some sort of moral bankruptcy or loss of credibility.

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Hodo Station/Terebi Asahi Reaches a New Low

Robert D. Eldridge, Ph.D.

 Public scrutiny toward the media is the highest it has ever been in Japan. Disappointment and dissatisfaction reached an all-time low following the Asahi Shimbun’s revelations about its intentionally misrepresenting the comfort women issue using false testimonies in its stories for more than two decades.

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Foreign Academic Okinawa Watchers: Activism over Scholarship

Robert D. Eldridge, Ph.D.

In my previous commentary, I discussed the biases of Okinawan academics and their close, unhealthy relationship with the local media. In this installment, I would like to introduce the problem of foreign academics, including their close connections with the above Okinawan academics, and their activism which comes at the expense of their obligations to impartial scholarship and their status as residents or visitors to Japan.

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Okinawa’s Academics, Failing to Check the Media

Robert D. Eldridge, Ph.D.

Until now, over the course of several essays, we have examined the media in Okinawa in great detail, such as the structural problems in Okinawa that make the local media so powerful (“The Media Situation in Okinawa”), the abuse of that power and the dangers to democracy (“What the Hyakuta Incident Taught Us”), and the need to improve the situation (“Reforming the Media”).

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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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Robert D. Eldridge, Ph.D.

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