Nevin Thompson served as Japan Editor and Social Media Manager for Global Voices from 2014 to 2022. He is a translator, writer, and journalist, and has been connected to Japan for nearly 30 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.
Latest posts by Nevin Thompson
"We call for freedom of expression and the protection of journalists in Myanmar and abroad."
"The intensity of the information that you encounter in museums and libraries—or the sudden quiet of a garden—can trigger an autonomic response in your gut."
"You can love Japan, and be proud to be Japanese, without defending this history of fascism."
The former Yoshinoya executive's remarks are just one example of the deeper problem of misogyny that plagues Japanese society.
Satellite Images Map of Ukraine incorporates satellite images, drone footage, and 3D visualization to track, organize, and verify damage done to Ukraine.
The Russian invasion has also reinforced Japan as a country unwelcoming to refugees, and has shattered the nation's rejection of nuclear weapons.
Thanks to Japan's strict, and, in some ways, incomprehensible COVID-19 travel restrictions for foreigners, it's hard to say when I'll be able to return.
The public is questioning the very utility of the new West Kyushu shinkansen line, which complicates travel in certain areas and remains only partially completed.
For some, Japan's "mambo"—the country's quasi-state of emergency—is not enough to deal with the COVID-19 threat that they percieve is being posed by the U.S. military.
Despite widespread opposition, Japan plans to dump water from Fukushima plant into the Pacific Ocean
"The Pacific is not and must not become the dumping ground for nuclear wastes." - The Pacific Collective on Nuclear Issues
Following the identification of a new strain of COVID-19, the Japanese government briefly attempted to completely seal the country's air and sea borders.
Efforts by Japan to reduce carbon emissions over the next decade appear to be marginal at best.
Despite an all-out effort to coordinate campaign activities, opposition parties once again failed to gain traction with voters.
A popular post on Japanese Twitter provides a glimpse into the long connection between horses and Shinto shrines in Japan.
The annual survey asks respondents all over Japan to rank the attractiveness of the nation's 47 prefectures based on 84 different attributes, including natural features, cuisine, and tourist attractions.
This 60-minute roundtable discussion on Thursday, December 2 @ 4pm GMT / 5pm CET / 11am EST / 8am PST will focus on how news organizations share stories with audiences across social media.
The official Japan-wide launch of a new rice brand includes a quirky musical commercial, a social media photo contest, and feelings of anticipation for "new rice."
To gauge public sentiment following the end of the Olympics, Global Voices used the Twitter API to track the online conversation.
"The common trait among mass shooters, serial killers, and other serial perpetrators of gendered violence is an intense hatred of women."
"Very little of Japan's history of industrialization presented at their new UNESCO Heritage sites is true."
Twitter Japan typically provides no explanation for the bans, or why accounts are restored.