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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.

Profile photo by Jer Clarke.

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Latest posts by Nevin Thompson

8 January 2020

Carlos Ghosn's great escape embarrasses Japanese government

The Japanese government has been embarrassed as details of Ghosn's escape expose systemic shortcomings in the country's police and prosecution services, the judicial system, passport security and more.

16 December 2019

The intertwined origins of ‘kawaii’ and Japanese queer culture

"A major part of Rune's work that's rarely discussed is the work he did for the magazine Barazoku [...],the first mass-market magazine that catered to same-sex attracted men in Japan.

10 December 2019

Popular ‘Nausicaä’ animated movie from Japan performed as kabuki play

Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, one of Japan's most popular animated films, will be performed as a kabuki play in December, 2019 in Tokyo.

30 November 2019

Pope Francis visit highlights Nagasaki's long Catholic history

The first papal visit to Japan in nearly four decades highlighted the country's historical Christian heritage, identified major challenges faced by the rest of the world.

25 November 2019

Japanese arms fair generates protest, puzzlement

While arms fairs have been regularly held in Japan in the past, this is the first such event organized in collaboration between government and industry.

18 November 2019

Tashkent theatre offers window into Japanese internment after World War II

Of all the Japanese interned for forced labour by the Soviet Union after the end of the war, about 25,000 were taken to Uzbekistan.

1 November 2019

Celebrating “Mundane Halloween” in Japan

"Mundane Halloween" has become an October tradition in Japan.

29 September 2019

Undercover journalist exposes harsh working conditions at Amazon warehouse in Japan

A new book by a Japanese investigative reporter exposes deadly working conditions at a giant Amazon facility just outside of Tokyo.

18 September 2019

Popular Twitter thread highlights dozens of examples of Japan's ‘Bubble-era’ PoMo architecture

Every corner of Japan features examples of postmodern architecture.

12 September 2019

Residents of Japanese region slammed by typhoon fear they are being forgotten

Much of the coverage of Typhoon Faxai has focused only on how people in Tokyo, Japan's nexus of business, government, and media, were affected.

30 August 2019

Alphonse Mucha's surprising influence on Japanese manga, anime and “light novels”

In Japan, manga, anime and even 'light novel' creators all claim early an 20th Century Czech Art Nouveau artist and illustrator as an influence.

16 August 2019

Vitriolic response to art exhibit tests the limits of freedom of speech in Japan

A controversial art exhibition at an arts festival in Japan has led to government criticism, threats, at least one arrest, protests by artists and questions about freedom of expression.

9 August 2019

Tokyo Interlopers provides a glimpse of life in Japan from a foreign perspective

The full archive of Tokyo Interlopers profiles provides a fascinating glimpse of life in the Japanese metropolis from a foreign perspective.

1 August 2019

Election focuses spotlight on disability issues in Japan

Kimura Eiko and Funago Yasuhiko, who both rely on motorized wheelchairs and caregiver support in order to carry out daily tasks, were elected to the upper house of Japan's parliament.

24 July 2019

Online photo collection gives inside glimpse of Occupation-era Japan—and saga of Japanese-American internment

The Theodore Akimoto Family Collection features more than 250 photographs of postwar Japan.

21 July 2019

Walk the streets of Japan on YouTube with Rambalac

"I started filming my walks just for fun and additional reason to go outside."

6 July 2019

Kim Kardashian, cultural appropriation, and genocide

The Bridge

While combining "Kim Kardashian", "kimono" and "cultural appropriation" into a sentence seems almost comically idiotic, cultural appropriation can be deadly, which is reason enough to take cultural appropriation seriously today.

26 June 2019

Kim Kardashian's ‘Kimono’ clothing line causes consternation in Japan and around the world

Kardashian's line of lingerie bears no similarity to its Japanese namesake garment.

22 June 2019

Parents, students threaten to sue Bhutanese employment agency after ‘learn and earn’ debacle in Japan

Many students became sick from physical and mental stress. There were also reports of forced labor, and passport theft and illegal wage deductions by employers in Japan.

15 June 2019

#JBF2019: Japan's Lego Brick Festival 2019 takes to Twitter

More than 270 Lego fans displayed their creations, and the thousands of people who attended Brickfest over the weekend shared photos on Twitter using the hashtag #JBF2019.