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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

22 May 2017

In Japan, Plastic Food Models Aren't Just for Restaurants Anymore

"Is there anyone out there who is going to say, "Wow, cool, I can customize my smartphone case with salmon roe?" I think I'll be the only one."

20 May 2017

Japanese Committee Clears Path for Vague and Controversial Anti-Conspiracy Bill

The legislation will cover nearly 300 crimes if it passes. Critics have argued personal liberties are at stake.

13 May 2017

How ‘Aspie’ Is Misunderstood, Mistranslated and Misused In Japan

"Will (people living with Aspergers syndrome) be happy to hear the term asupe used as slang, I wonder?"

6 May 2017

Photographer Chronicles Day-to-Day Life in Tokyo

From stunning portraits to cultural scenes that may not be around for much longer, Lee Chapman is passionate about documenting life in Tokyo.

1 May 2017

A Software Engineer's Blog Takes Readers on Bike Rides Through Japan's Backroads

Friedl's blog is a great way to explore Japan by bike, even if you aren't in Japan or don't necessarily own a bike.

29 April 2017

“I'm Glad I'm From Tohoku” Trends on Twitter Following Japanese Politician's Cruel Words

A Japanese cabinet minister's insensitive remarks spurred a popular Twitter hashtag supporting Japan's northeastern Tohoku region, as well as the minister's resignation.

21 April 2017

Japanese Metal Legends LOUDNESS Turned Away at US Border

"After spending 27 hours in the air I'm back in Osaka. Just devastated."

14 April 2017

Amidst Political Scandal and a Hate Crime Probe, Japan’s Old Rescript on Education Is Back

When a Japanese private school was caught making racist and nationalistic remarks, the ensuing scandal started a national conversation about the relevance of a pre-war imperial edict on education.

10 April 2017

Colorized Photos Show Epic Battle Between American and Japanese Forces in Okinawa During World War II

On the 72nd anniversary of the Battle of Okinawa, a Japanese researcher has made Twitter posts featuring archival photos of the battle that have been colorized using a software tool.

8 April 2017

Osaka Becomes the First Municipality in Japan to Recognize Same-Sex Foster Parents

"If you love the children you raise above all else, be you same-sex parents or parents of the opposite sex, that's all that's important to being a parent."

3 April 2017

Six Years On: How Fukushima, Miyagi and Iwate Are Recovering From the Tsunami

The report includes statistics from Japan's Reconstruction Ministry as well as surveys of evacuees themselves to provide a local perspective on efforts to recover from the 2011 "triple disaster."

24 March 2017

Concrete Lovers, This Is What Social Housing Looks Like in Japan

An interesting blog devoted to documenting the concrete housing projects that have been home to several generations of Japanese since the end of the war.

19 March 2017

How One Small Japanese City Is Attracting Trainspotters

How is a small city in western Japan attracting thousands of tourists? Trainspotting.

16 March 2017

A Syrian Activist's Japanese-Language Message to the People of Japan

"Syria is witnessing a revolutionary call for freedom and dignity for its entire people." Will Japan help?

8 March 2017

Nyango Star, the Apple-Shaped Mascot Who Drums for Japan's Tohoku Region

"Anytime Nyango Star makes a public appearance it is to help Tohoku recover. The mascot isn't drumming for its personal gain but for its beloved home."

6 March 2017

Japan Tries to Get Workers to Duck Out Early—With Poor Results

When the Japanese government launched Premium Friday the goal was to allow workers to quit work early, and then go out and shop. But it hasn't worked out that way.

5 March 2017

Japanese Art Lovers, New York's Metropolitan Museum Has 300,000 Gifts for You

Anyone can use the artwork for any purpose, as long as they credit the original donors of the artwork, as well as the Met itself.

27 February 2017

Obama, Japan's Fiery Start to Spring

Spectacular images of an annual fiery festival in Obama, Japan, that marks the start of spring.

24 February 2017

Short Video Documentary Explores Japan's Flashy Art Truck Subculture

Known as "dekotora," hobbyists trick out their trucks with flashing neon lights, airbrushed murals and lots and lots of chrome.

14 February 2017

Despite What You Read, Radiation Levels at Fukushima Daiichi Aren't ‘Soaring’

A news release from Japanese power utility TEPCO generated a number of headlines across Western media that were sorely missing context.

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