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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

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.

23 May 2016

In Japan, the Panama Papers Are Met With a Collective Shrug

"If the government doesn't get mad and stays quiet, it's the Japanese people who will have the last laugh."

20 May 2016

On Not Becoming a Buddhist

The Bridge

Did a visit to the Japanese Buddhist temple of Tada-ji and the statue of Yakushi Nyorai help save a sick infant? Is it even possible to know?

19 May 2016

A Japanese City Uses Frightening CGI to Teach Residents Tsunami Survival

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

Taking Back Japan, One History Textbook at a Time?

The Bridge

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

Striking Google Satellite Photos Show Landslide Damage in Japan After Earthquakes

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

Twitter Provides a Treasure Trove of Photos of China and Japan During World War II

Two Twitter accounts provide a much-needed look back at World War II in China and the rest of Asia.

7 May 2016

Meet Japan's Biggest YouTube Star

Who is one of the most popular YouTube stars you have never heard of? Here's a hint: he lives in Japan.

6 May 2016

For Fascinating Photos of 20th-Century Japan, Look to 21st-Century Twitter

A Japanese Twitter account serves up an amazing selection of nostalgic photographs of Japan taken throughout the 20th century.

28 April 2016

Five Years Ago, a Tsunami Devastated Japan. Now a Filmmaker Looks Back.

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

Your Skin Is Gonna Hate Japan's Yellow Sand

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.

Here's a Map That Shows You What the Japanese Really Think of Europe

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

Japan Gets Ready to Plant Rice During ‘Golden Week’

"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

Japan Battles to Care for 100,000 Kumamoto Residents Displaced By Quake

Hundreds of thousands of people continue to live in the open in Japan following powerful earthquakes, torrential rains, flooding and landslides.

16 April 2016

Large Earthquakes Continue to Shatter Japan's Western Island of Kyushu

Even more powerful earthquakes have hit a wide area of Kyushu causing widespread damage, and stoking fears of a volcanic eruption.

15 April 2016

Chacha the Chimp Escaped a Zoo in Japan. Angrily.

An image of an enraged chimp lunges at would-be captors on live TV goes viral.

Social Media Photos Show Aftermath of Strong Quake in Kumamoto, Japan

"We're spending an uneasy night as aftershocks continue in Kumamoto City. Right now we have evacuated to the playing fields at Kumamoto University."

11 April 2016

Japanese Social Media Goes Gaga Over Anime-Style English Textbook

"After her middle school entrance ceremony today, my daughter came home with her new English textbook. Ellen Sensei is totally cute!"

9 April 2016

What Do People Tweet While Waiting for the Train to Go By?

Tokyo's 34,000 level rail crossings are an unmistakable feature of the city, and an unavoidable fact of urban life.

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