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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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29 August 2016

The Summer Season Brings an Orchestra of Cicadas to Japan

There are more than 30 different species of cicada in Japan. Each one has its own distinctive call. How many can you recognize?

27 August 2016

Super Mario and Prime Minister Abe Took Centre Stage in Japan's 2020 Promo at Rio

Japan invites the world to the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo by emphasizing "otaku culture."

19 August 2016

The Dead Are Returning Home and It’s Time to Party in Japan

Instagram photos of Japanese people beating the heat by dancing under the stars and the lights of lanterns in mid-summer.

17 August 2016

Some Japanese Find the ‘Dangerous’ Giant Hornet Cute, Inspiring—Even Delicious.

If it's August, it means you have to watch out for giant hornets in Japan. Beware!

14 August 2016

From Harbin to Shenyang, Reminders of Japanese Rule Hang Heavy over Northeast China

"There is a wreath here from the Japanese Consulate in Shenyang, and the Japanese government has officially acknowledged [the Pingdingshan massacre] took place."

7 August 2016

Japan Off to a Strong Start at 2016 Rio Olympics

Japanese men and women got off to a strong start during the first weekend of the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio.

5 August 2016

Japanese Police Are Spying on Muslims, Despite The Constitution

Global Voices Advocacy

The Supreme Court's dismissal of a case questioning the legality of putting Muslims under surveillance based on their religion alone brought a long series of court battles to an end.

31 July 2016

Japanese on the Move: Life Stories of Transmigration

What is it like to call two countries home? What makes migrants move in the first place and how do they settle in a new society? Where do they belong?

25 July 2016

With Trepidation and Excitement, Pokémon Go Finally Launched in Japan

Pokémon Go was finally released in Japan on July 22, 2016. The entire country has surrendered to the craze of capturing mythical monsters using a mobile device.

23 July 2016

Amazingly Restored 3D Stereographic Images of Japan

One Flickr user has tracked down and painstakingly restored prints by master Japanese photographer, T. Enami.

21 July 2016

Viral Photos of Fukushima Win Media Attention Abroad, Criticism From Some in Japan

"Not only is what he did illegal, but beyond disrespectful to victims of the disaster who had no choice but to leave their homes."

15 July 2016

You Know You're a Child of the 1970s and 80s in Japan When…

"You had to open the car window like this," one Japanese Twitter user exclaimed, tweeting a photo of a manual window crank.

14 July 2016

Japanese Fans Are Over the Moon for This Russian Figure Skater's ‘Cosplay’ Performance

"Medvedeva-chan, thank you indeed for loving Sailor Moon so much!"

10 July 2016

Amazing and Surreal Photos of Fireflies In Japan

The earth is a beautiful place.

8 July 2016

‘Talking Dictionary’ Transmits Language of Japan's Indigenous Ainu People

Rising Voices

An online "talking dictionary" is attempting to preserve the Ainu language spoken by the indigenous inhabitants of Japan's northeastern island of Hokkaido.

Arashiro Yukiya Wins Red Jersey in Tour de France, and Japan Is Ecstatic

"Cyclist Arashiro Yukiya wins "combativity award" on Tour de France! He inspires us all!"

3 July 2016

Why Are Japan's Election Sound Cars So Noisy, and So Pointless?

It's election time in Japan again and for many Japanese people, that means the return of a particularly Japanese annoyance: 'sound cars' that repeat pointless and uninformative messages.

26 June 2016

Japan This: The Ultimate Online English-Language Guide to Authentic, Historical Tokyo

Japan This is a quirky historical photoblog that examines parts of Tokyo not normally covered by English-language guidebooks.

22 June 2016

Updated and Translated, ‘Hiroshima Archive’ Preserves Eyewitness Testimony of Atomic Attack

"Few survivors remain today and soon there will be none. Who then can speak from personal experiences of the effects of nuclear war upon humanity?"

15 June 2016

The Less Sleek, More Timeworn ‘Bits of Tokyo’

'Bits of Tokyo' is a Twitter photo blog devoted to capturing the minute details of surviving postwar life in Japan.

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