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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

17 February 2018

A Fascinating Glimpse Into the Life of a Popular Chimpanzee in Pre-War Japan

"In the 1930s, one of the most popular animals at Tennoji Zoo in Osaka was Rita the chimpanzee."

23 January 2018

Chaos in the Capital: Photos of Record Snowfall in Tokyo

Heavy snow shuts down Tokyo and provides a chance to snap stunning pictures.

13 January 2018

Japanese Media Struggles to Translate Trump's “Shithole”

"Fascinating that media outlets find it easier to print "shithole" than 'racist' or 'racism'."

12 January 2018

‘We Have Entered the World of Adulthood, so We'll Do Our Best!’ Japan Marks Coming of Age Day

Reunions, revelry and motorized mischief mark Coming of Age Day in Japan.

30 December 2017

Incarceration of Left-wing Japanese Newspaper Editor Sparks Fears of Threat to Free Speech

"We are very concerned that these types of suppression against citizens by the police will expand. The whole purpose of [conspiracy law] is to repress citizen movement and the press."

29 December 2017

7 Global Voices Stories That Resonated With Readers in 2017

They spanned topics like memes, tattoos, and injustice, and focused on countries as diverse as Syria, Brazil, and Macedonia.

20 November 2017

Japanese Students Practice Taking Cover for Missiles Passing Overhead. But What About a Direct Attack?

Students took part in a drill in preparation for a missile attack. But there are no hints about what to do in the aftermath.

10 November 2017

Traveling Japan by Bus… on YouTube

One YouTube user has traveled from one end of Japan to the other by local bus, uploading video of the entire trip.

6 November 2017

Watch a Short History of Japan's Frighteningly Good Horror Films

A YouTube channel offers an excellent introduction to Japanese horror cinema.

30 October 2017

Japan's Largest Diwali Celebration Featured Food, Dancing and a Naan Flatbread Mascot

Thanks to increasing ties between the two countries, the number of Indians living in Japan has increased over the past two decades to at least 28,000.

27 October 2017

Kyrgyz People of Central Asia Shocked to Be the Bad Guys in New Japanese ‘Tokusatsu’ Movie

In Japanese, the 'kyr' in 'Kyrgyz' sounds a lot like 'kill'.

21 October 2017

How One Verification Team Worked to Debunk Misleading Information About the Japanese Election

"Hey, non-Japanese are not prohibited from participating in Japanese elections, okay? I wonder why they do it. Does it feel good to spread such false rumors?"

‘Super Typhoon’ Threatens Japan, Japanese Elections

A "super typhoon"--equivalent to a category five hurricane--is threatening Japan and the country's general election.

16 October 2017

What's at Stake in Japan's Snap Election? The Country's ‘Peace Constitution’, for One

Japan votes on October 22. The campaign has seen the disintegration of one political party, and the birth of two new ones, plus plans to change the 'peace constitution.'

13 October 2017

The Crowd-Sourced Faroe Islands Answer to Google Translate

Rising Voices

What do you do when your national language doesn't show up in Google Translate? If you're the Faroe Islands, you just crowd-source your own solution.

6 October 2017

How People Hang Things Up to Dry In Japan

Some people have fun hanging clothes in Japan, while others appear to be indifferent to the task.

4 October 2017

Aoyagi Bisen's Beautiful Calligraphy Has Earned Her a Social Media Following in Japan

Aoyagi Bisen's video of her writing one of the most complicated Chinese characters went viral in September.

2 October 2017

Japan's Removal from South Korea's Winter Olympics Map Revives Old Disputes Between the Two Neighbors

The organizing committee of the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics explained that the omission of Japan on the map was a simple technical mistake.

25 September 2017

Katsura Sunshine Brings the Japanese Art of Comic Storytelling to English-Language Audiences

He's the only officially qualified non-Japanese rakugo professional in the world.

18 September 2017

For Some Stunning Photos of Japan, Check Out Tokyo Camera Club

Whether you live in Tokyo or not, anyone can submit an image to be considered for Tokyo Camera Club's feed, as long as the photo is of someplace in Japan.

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