Eiki Takeshita is an exchange student from Keio University in Tokyo, Japan, majoring in political science. He’s currently focused on international relations and diplomatic history, but is also interested in geopolitics and international political economy. He was born in Yokohama, Japan, and raised there until he was 10 years old. He then moved to Shanghai, China and spent nearly six years there. He’s been living in Yokohama since he left Shanghai. He loves swimming and playing basketball and chess. He is inspired by athletes like Sun Yang and Klay Thompson, and the King’s Indian Defense is one of his favorite chess openings. Takeshita learned Chinese when he was in Shanghai, so he has conversational competency in Chinese. He is also highly motivated in learning French, which he started at his home university. These days, he is really into mystery novels and his current favorite author is Edogawa Ranpo, who is a pioneer of the Japanese mystery genre. Someday, he wants to read a classic mystery written by Arthur Conan Doyle or Agatha Christie.