Robert D. Eldridge

For Robert D. Eldridge's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

/ Mar 5, 2015

Disaster information vital for foreign residents

The 20th anniversary of the Great Hanshin Awaji Earthquake in January and the fourth anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami on March 11 should prompt community leaders to ascertain their level of preparedness for future catastrophes including the need to ...

/ Nov 21, 2013

JFK's message echoes today

President John F. Kennedy, more than many others then or now, recognized the exponential power that Japan and the U.S. possessed when working together.

/ Mar 30, 2011

Time for a Japan-U.S. mutual assistance treaty

Immediately following the tragic earthquake and tsunami on March 11 in the Tohoku region, U.S. military forces in Japan began sending supplies, equipment, and personnel to the devastated area to assist in the relief operations known as "Operation Tomodachi." We are still in the middle ...

/ Jan 7, 2002

One step up, two steps sideways in Nago

WASHINGTON -- On Dec. 27, Japanese central government officials and leaders from Okinawa Prefecture announced agreement on a basic plan for the proposed construction of a joint civil-military use airport on the reef off eastern Nago City. The announcement by the Futenma Relocation Committee ...

/ Feb 18, 2001

Okinawans have good reason to be angry

On Feb. 6, the morning edition of the Ryukyu Shimpo, one of Okinawa's two main dailies, reported that the commander of U.S. forces in Okinawa, Lt. Gen. Earl B. Hailston of the III MEF/Marine Corps, called Okinawa prefectural officials, including Gov. Keiichi Inamine, "nuts ...