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Nevin Thompson

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.

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Latest posts by Nevin Thompson

25 July 2016

With Trepidation and Excitement, Pokémon Go Finally Launched in Japan

Pokémon Go was finally released in Japan on July 22, 2016. The entire country has surrendered to the craze of capturing mythical monsters using a mobile device.

23 July 2016

Amazingly Restored 3D Stereographic Images of Japan

One Flickr user has tracked down and painstakingly restored prints by master Japanese photographer, T. Enami.

21 July 2016

Viral Photos of Fukushima Win Media Attention Abroad, Criticism From Some in Japan

"Not only is what he did illegal, but beyond disrespectful to victims of the disaster who had no choice but to leave their homes."

15 July 2016

You Know You're a Child of the 1970s and 80s in Japan When…

"You had to open the car window like this," one Japanese Twitter user exclaimed, tweeting a photo of a manual window crank.

14 July 2016

Japanese Fans Are Over the Moon for This Russian Figure Skater's ‘Cosplay’ Performance

"Medvedeva-chan, thank you indeed for loving Sailor Moon so much!"

10 July 2016

Amazing and Surreal Photos of Fireflies In Japan

The earth is a beautiful place.

8 July 2016

‘Talking Dictionary’ Transmits Language of Japan's Indigenous Ainu People

Rising Voices

An online "talking dictionary" is attempting to preserve the Ainu language spoken by the indigenous inhabitants of Japan's northeastern island of Hokkaido.

Arashiro Yukiya Wins Red Jersey in Tour de France, and Japan Is Ecstatic

"Cyclist Arashiro Yukiya wins "combativity award" on Tour de France! He inspires us all!"

3 July 2016

Why Are Japan's Election Sound Cars So Noisy, and So Pointless?

It's election time in Japan again and for many Japanese people, that means the return of a particularly Japanese annoyance: 'sound cars' that repeat pointless and uninformative messages.

26 June 2016

Japan This: The Ultimate Online English-Language Guide to Authentic, Historical Tokyo

Japan This is a quirky historical photoblog that examines parts of Tokyo not normally covered by English-language guidebooks.

22 June 2016

Updated and Translated, ‘Hiroshima Archive’ Preserves Eyewitness Testimony of Atomic Attack

"Few survivors remain today and soon there will be none. Who then can speak from personal experiences of the effects of nuclear war upon humanity?"

15 June 2016

The Less Sleek, More Timeworn ‘Bits of Tokyo’

'Bits of Tokyo' is a Twitter photo blog devoted to capturing the minute details of surviving postwar life in Japan.

14 June 2016

Japan's Love Affair With Capybaras

In Japan, there is an online subculture devoted to capybaras, the friendly giant rodent from South America.

10 June 2016

US Church Members Stage Roadside Vigil Amid Outrage Over Japanese Woman's Murder

"When I left my hotel and started driving down Route 58, there were Americans standing under the torrid sun with their heads bowed. They seem to be in deep pain."

What Stereotypes Do Europeans Have of Japan? Google Autocomplete Offers a Clue

A new series of maps shows what Europeans may really think of Japan, and what the Japanese people may really think about other parts of the world.

8 June 2016

The Quirky Tranquility of Japanese Suburbia in Photos

Japan isn't just Mount Fuji, neon landscapes and bullet trains. One Tumblr photo blog has set out to document the country's quiet residential streets.

3 June 2016

Japanese Are Uploading Photos to Twitter to Prove They Live in the Boonies

From crab crossing signs to pheasant strolling through town, these photos show life in Japanese countryside.

2 June 2016

No Apologies, But Most Japanese View Obama's Historic Visit to Hiroshima Positively

Despite some complaints, most Japanese people appear to have reacted favorably to President Obama's May 27 visit to Hiroshima.

28 May 2016

How Beauty Trends Have Changed in Japan Over the Past 100 Years

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

‘I Do Not Want Any Children to Develop Cancer Like Me’, a Fukushima Resident Says

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.

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