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Nevin Thompson · December, 2015

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 from December, 2015

31 December 2015

Ringing in the New Year in Japan With Fresh Fish

Fish and seafood is an important part of New Year's celebrations in Japan. Here are some photos of shopping for fish.

24 December 2015

Christmas in Japan? Get Ready for Running Trees, Dazzling Lights, and Fried Chicken

Japan has its own unique approach to Christmas that includes amazing light displays, delicate cakes and delicious fried chicken.

21 December 2015

One Kanji Character Captures a Year of Uncertainty in Japan

The character 安 has been named the official kanji of 2015. The character is supposed to represent 'peace', but not always...

18 December 2015

As Japan Refuses to Accept More Refugees, a Hateful Meme Goes Viral

Though Internet users only recently debunked a false English-language meme about Japan's alleged restrictions on Muslims, it's far from true that Japan necessarily welcomes immigrants and refugees with open arms.

14 December 2015

The Wonderful World of Japan's ‘Okonomiyaki’

Which is better: Osaka-style or Hiroshima-style okonomiyaki? One Twitter account is hoping to help you make up your mind.

11 December 2015

Debunking Rumors About Japan's Supposed Anti-Muslim Restrictions

"Although Japan does harbor prejudices and Japanese can be ignorant of other cultures, there has been no move to restrict Islamic practices or expel Muslims."

6 December 2015

Famed Post-War Japanese Cartoonist Mizuki Shigeru Dies

Mizuki Shigeru, one of Japan's greatest post-War pop icons, has died. His cartoons captured the soul of Japan.

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