Date archive for November, 2015

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.