Nevin Thompson is the Japan Editor for Global Voices. He is a translator, writer, and journalist, and has been connected to Japan for more than twenty years.
Nevin currently lives and works on an island off the West Coast of Canada, and spends about three months each year with his family in Tsuruga, a small city on the Japan Sea Coast, just north of Kyoto.
Latest posts by Nevin Thompson
28 May 2016
From long hair to short, from heavy make-up to more subtle, beauty conventions in Japan have undergone a fascinating transformation over the past century.
27 May 2016
An independent filmmaker interviewed a young woman from Fukushima Prefecture, ground zero of the March 2011 nuclear disaster, who has been diagnosed with thyroid cancer.
23 May 2016
20 May 2016
19 May 2016
Do you know where to run if a tsunami strikes? The city of Kamakura has created a simulation that aims to help residents answer this question.
15 May 2016
By pushing for the omission of certain ideas from history textbooks, the current Japanese administration is promoting a revisionist view of the country's past. Will they succeed?
13 May 2016
At least 49 people died in collapsed buildings and landslides, and tens of thousands more were evacuated as the result of frequent and violent aftershocks.
12 May 2016
7 May 2016
6 May 2016
A Japanese Twitter account serves up an amazing selection of nostalgic photographs of Japan taken throughout the 20th century.
28 April 2016
The Canadian filmmaker Estelle Hebert has produced a one-hour documentary about one village's struggle to revive after a massive tsunami devastated much of Japan on March 11, 2011.
27 April 2016
Every year Japan marks the start of spring with the arrival of 'Yellow Sand' from the Asian mainland. The sand hampers visibility and can cause illness and skin problems.
According to Japanese stereotypes, which country in Europe has the most luxurious prisons? And which country in Europe is full of stupid people? And why can't Latvians eat potatoes?
25 April 2016
"Flooding the fields before planting really makes this a representative scene of Japan. The call of the Japanese nightingale echoes throughout the valley. I am entranced by the scene."
23 April 2016
Hundreds of thousands of people continue to live in the open in Japan following powerful earthquakes, torrential rains, flooding and landslides.
16 April 2016
Even more powerful earthquakes have hit a wide area of Kyushu causing widespread damage, and stoking fears of a volcanic eruption.
15 April 2016
An image of an enraged chimp lunges at would-be captors on live TV goes viral.
"We're spending an uneasy night as aftershocks continue in Kumamoto City. Right now we have evacuated to the playing fields at Kumamoto University."