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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

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.

26 July 2015

How to Explore Japan By Train Without Ever Leaving Home

There are thousands of YouTube videos that can let you explore almost every part of Japan by train from your own computer.

24 July 2015

New Video Shows How Japan's Urato Islands Are Bouncing Back Post-Tsunami

For the islands, everything changed on March 11, 2011, when a devastating tsunami swept away everything from houses to oyster beds.

16 July 2015

Despite Protests, Japan's Ruling Coaltion Rams Through Controversial War Powers Legislation

"In front of the national Diet. On what path is this country now headed, I wonder? July 15, 2015: a day of dread."

27 June 2015

Girl Group Goes Head-to-Head With Japanese Prime Minister Over Reinterpreting Constitution

A Japanese girl group's clash with municipal government highlights increasingly vocal opposition to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's government.

20 June 2015

Toyota Exec's Arrest Highlights Japan's Hard Line on Narcotics

An American executive's arrest has highlighted Japan's zero-tolerance attitude towards illegal drugs, including those legal in other countries.

13 June 2015

Japan Expecting a Summer of Weird, Wild Weather

The return of El Nino in 2015 is causing wild weather in Japan, including heavy rains that have so far driven more than 30,000 people from their homes.

12 June 2015

Bad Luck Injury a Blemish on ‘Nadeshiko Japan's’ FIFA Women's World Cup Start

Before a star player was injured in the opening game, Japan was the overwhelming favorite to win this year's FIFA Women's World Cup. Can Nadeshiko Japan still pull it off?

7 June 2015

Parents Experience Nostalgia as Nintendo Console Enters Textbooks

"For elementary school kids, Famicom is not a toy, but something they have to study in school. What amazing times we live in."

1 June 2015

From Media to Manga, How Japan's Pop Culture Changed After Fukushima

Global Voices interviews Dr. BA Wakefield, a lecturer at Leiden University who is organizing a the Safety and Disaster in Japanese Popular Culture after Fukushima workshop on June 5.

Stunning Images of Volcanic Eruption on Japan's Kuchinoerabu-jima Island

A boy manages to capture video shortly after a volcano suddenly erupts on an island in southwestern Japan. For residents of nearby Kagoshima, volcanoes have become a way of life.

31 May 2015

What Does Japanese Prime Minister Abe's Ignorance of the Potsdam Declaration Actually Mean?

Has Prime Minister Abe really never read the Potsdam Declaration? Or is his professed ignorance a signal he rejects Japan's postwar pacifism?

21 May 2015

Japan's ‘Employment Ice Age’ Is Over for New Grads

The April 2015 employment rate of 96.7 percent for new post-secondary graduates has surpassed the 2008 employment rate, just prior to the start of the long global economic downturn.

20 May 2015

Amateur Cartoonist Lands Radioactive Drone on Japanese Prime Minister's House

Yasuo Yamamoto's drone carried a small amount of radioactive soil from Fukushima. Japanese netizens quickly discovered that he maintained a blog and published original manga of an unsettling nature.

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