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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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24 September 2015

How School Lunch Plays a Central Role in Education in Japan

Cafeteria Culture (CafCu) has produced an engaging informative video that provides great insight into how school lunches are a fundamental part of learning in Japan's schools.

18 September 2015

The End of Japan's ‘Peace Constitution’ Draws Ever Closer

As the country's ruling coalition prepared to pass a new law allowing Japan to go to war, protesters lined the streets and scuffles broke out inside the Diet itself.

15 September 2015

As Japan's Largest Volcano Erupts, Tourists Upload Snapshots to Instagram

Japan's largest volcano erupted unexpectedly on Monday, September 14. Tourists captured the spectacle on Instagram.

12 September 2015

Sudden, Massive Flooding Near Tokyo Catches Japan Off-Guard

The sheer scale of the flooding was surprising, and was reminiscent of the devastation caused by the massive tsunami that struck northeastern Japan in March, 2011.

11 September 2015

Many Japanese Surprised Their Country Accepts Very Few Refugees

"Anyone who supports parliamentary democracy based on a constitution should never ignore the plight of refugees."

4 September 2015

Alan Kurdi's Death Forces Canada to Confront Its Commitment to Helping Syrian Refugees

"As a grandfather, it's unbearable to see the image of that little body on a beach. Canada must act. Let’s not wait any longer."

1 September 2015

Japan's Push to Renew Military Operations Has Sparked Mass Nationwide Protests

Hundreds of thousands of people all over the country have turned out to protest new legislation that would allow Japan to go to war.

18 August 2015

Instagram Photos Offer a Peek Into Nagasaki's Unique Send-Off for the Dead

Isolated Nagasaki, in western Japan, has a unique approach to Obon, the festival of the dead observed in Japan each year in mid-August.

15 August 2015

Amazing Japanese TV Commercial Racks Up Views

A popular commercial about an amazing game of baseball has gone viral in Japan.

14 August 2015

Using Paperclips, Broccoli or Microchips, This Japanese Artist Creates a Whimsical Diorama Every Day

A Japanese artist makes cool dioramas with everyday objects, and has cultivated a massive following on Instagram.

10 August 2015

On the Seventieth Anniversary of the Bombing, Japan Remembers Nagasaki

Long overshadowed by Hiroshima, the atomic bombing of Nagasaki highlights Japan's memory of the war.

7 August 2015

Before and After the Bomb: an Interactive Tour of Nagasaki

The Nagasaki Archive is an interactive web tool based on Google Earth that explores Nagasaki - before and after the atomic bombing of August 9th, 1945.

3 August 2015

Summer is the Season for Fireworks in Japan

In July and August, massive and elaborate fireworks displays are held all over Japan.

26 July 2015

How to Explore Japan By Train Without Ever Leaving Home

There are thousands of YouTube videos that can let you explore almost every part of Japan by train from your own computer.

24 July 2015

New Video Shows How Japan's Urato Islands Are Bouncing Back Post-Tsunami

For the islands, everything changed on March 11, 2011, when a devastating tsunami swept away everything from houses to oyster beds.

16 July 2015

Despite Protests, Japan's Ruling Coaltion Rams Through Controversial War Powers Legislation

"In front of the national Diet. On what path is this country now headed, I wonder? July 15, 2015: a day of dread."

27 June 2015

Girl Group Goes Head-to-Head With Japanese Prime Minister Over Reinterpreting Constitution

A Japanese girl group's clash with municipal government highlights increasingly vocal opposition to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's government.

20 June 2015

Toyota Exec's Arrest Highlights Japan's Hard Line on Narcotics

An American executive's arrest has highlighted Japan's zero-tolerance attitude towards illegal drugs, including those legal in other countries.

13 June 2015

Japan Expecting a Summer of Weird, Wild Weather

The return of El Nino in 2015 is causing wild weather in Japan, including heavy rains that have so far driven more than 30,000 people from their homes.

12 June 2015

Bad Luck Injury a Blemish on ‘Nadeshiko Japan's’ FIFA Women's World Cup Start

Before a star player was injured in the opening game, Japan was the overwhelming favorite to win this year's FIFA Women's World Cup. Can Nadeshiko Japan still pull it off?

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