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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

15 November 2015

Think You're Cool? Then These Stop-Motion Ultraman Videos Are for You.

A YouTube user has created compelling stop-motion videos of the beloved Japanese superhero Ultraman.

14 November 2015

Old Photos Show How the West Perceived Japan

Adolfo Farsari's hand-painted photos provide a glimpse of how Europeans regarded the country just a few decades after the end of that country's period of isolation.

10 November 2015

Stunning Instagram Photos of Fall Foliage in Japan

These Instagram photos of Nikko, a popular tourist destination northeast of Tokyo, capture the magic of fall in Japan.

7 November 2015

Shiseido's Gender-Bending Commercial

Japanese cosmetic company Shiseido has produced a gender-bending commercial that is turning heads.

20 October 2015

At 81, a Japanese Woman Tweets to Remember the Terror of War

"On June 5, 1945, when I was in fifth grade, our family went to an air raid shelter after the sirens sounded. Oh no! Our house would be burned down!"

11 October 2015

Documentary Explores What It's Like to Be Black in Japan

This interesting full-length documentary, made by a pair of popular Japanese video bloggers explores what it's like to be black in Japan.

Video Blog Provides In-Depth Insights Into How Japanese Politics Work

Japan specialist Tim Langley provide in-depth insights into Japanese politics not normally covered in mainstream media in his engaging video blog.

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.

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