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Nevin Thompson

Nevin Thompson is Japan Editor and Social Media Manager for Global Voices. He is a translator, writer, and journalist, and has been connected to Japan for more than twenty years. With the social media team, Nevin also provides marketing management support for Global Voices.

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.

Profile photo by Jer Clarke.

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Quirky Japanese promo campaign launches new brand of rice, just in time for harvest season

The official Japan-wide launch of a new rice brand includes a quirky musical commercial, a social media photo contest, and feelings of anticipation for "new rice."

What did Japanese people really think about the Olympics?

To gauge public sentiment following the end of the Olympics, Global Voices used the Twitter API to track the online conversation.

Train attack in Japan exposes misogyny and gender violence

"The common trait among mass shooters, serial killers, and other serial perpetrators of gendered violence is an intense hatred of women."

Japan's ‘Battleship Island’ hides history of wartime forced labor

"Very little of Japan's history of industrialization presented at their new UNESCO Heritage sites is true."

Twitter Japan appears to suspend government critics

Twitter Japan typically provides no explanation for the bans, or why accounts are restored.

Confronting ‘vaccine hostility’ in Japan

"Municipalities all over Japan have reported receiving death threats when announcing vaccination programs, particularly for teens and adolescents."

Japanese brown bear runs amok in Hokkaido island's largest city

The incident illustrates the increasing interactions between bears and humans in Japan.

Resistance, rebellion, and rage: Japan's opposition to the Tokyo Olympics

As Japan continues to struggle with a new wave of COVID-19 infections, opposition to the upcoming Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games continues to build.

Tweeting to remember: Twitter account commemorates Japan's 1945 Battle of Okinawa

"On This Date During the Battle of Okinawa, 76 Years Ago" shares daily links to blog posts that describe the battle, typically from the point of view of citizens of...

Japan announces timeline to dilute, dump radioactive water from Fukushima plant

The decision to release the wastewater poses seriously implications for fishing communities along the Fukushima coastline.

In another blow for Japan's Summer Games, male chauvinist “Olympig” is forced to resign

Yet another setback for the 2020 Olympic games, already postponed a year because of the COVID-19 pandemic, and plagued with gaffes.

Not just Atlanta, but also Victoria, B.C.

White supremacy in Victoria makes going about daily life pretty easy for people like me, but potentially deadly for a whole lot of other people.

Prominent Harvard professor pilloried for peddling revisionist history about wartime ‘comfort women’

Historians familiar with wartime sexual slavery perpetrated by Japanese armed forces point out that the professor, J. Mark Ramseyer, has long championed historical revisionism.

Olympic head's misogynistic remarks highlight Japan's persisting sexism

Support for Mori by men in prominent leadership positions suggests that anti-women attitudes are in fact quite normal in the country.

Japanese skincare company faces online backlash and boycott after CEO's racist remarks

Critics are also drawing attention to the DHC's connections to the Japanese far-right and its efforts to distribute conspiracy theories online.

Webinar: How to use automation to improve social reach and increase reader engagement

Aimed at social media editors in newsrooms, this 75-minute webinar will focus on how automating publishing on social media can increase reader engagement while freeing up resources for other tasks.

What drives ‘J-Anon’, QAnon's Japanese counterpart?

Donald Trump seems to have found supporters amid Japan's religious cults.

COVID-19 infects Japan's ‘kanji of the year’

密 (mitsu), in some cases, means "close, crowded, or confined."

‘Queer Japan’ documentary introduces Japan's vibrant, multifaceted LGTBQ+ community

The film features a variety of individuals involved in art, activism, nightlife, and politics in Japan.

Newly-found vintage playing cards shine a light on post-war occupied Japan

The vintage playing cards feature what was arguably the most prominent figure of daily life in early post-war Japan: the American soldier.

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