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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

23 January 2015

Japanese PM's ‘Triple Disaster’ Response to ISIS Ransom Demands

The prime minister dispatched a notably pro-Israel Japanese lawmaker to Jordan to deal with the crisis and delivered his response to ISIS's demands standing in front of an Israeli flag.

8 January 2015

Horrific Hokkaido Bear Attack Repackaged as Cute Japanese Tourist Attraction

"I'm not sure if the warm and friendly image of the bear here is quite appropriate here..."

7 January 2015

This Snowboarder Was Lost for 2 Nights in the Snow, But It's His Hair People Can't Stop Talking About

Three Japanese snowboarders were rescued from a snowy mountain. One member of the group not only had to apologize for getting lost, but also endured speculation about his hair.

5 January 2015

Japanese Singer Sports Hitler Moustache in New Year's Political Statement

Why was Keisuke Kuwata wearing a Hitler moustache during his performance? He hasn't said why, but some think it was meant to criticise Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

20 December 2014

Harrowing Tohoku Tsunami Stories, Translated Into English

The Kahoku Shimpo, a major newspaper in Tohoku, is publishing English translations of its unique first-hand accounts of the March 11, 2011 "triple disaster" with the help of Harvard University.

17 December 2014

Small Fries, Big Problems for Japan's McDonald's

A port strike in the U.S. is causing a potato shortage in Japan and affecting McDonald's menus. But the company has more to worry about than just French fry rationing.

16 December 2014

Have the Japanese Become ‘Numb’ to Earthquakes?

Following a strong 6.8 earthquake in November, Twitter users noticed that the Japanese seemed to brush it off easily, only three years after the 3.11 Tohoku Triple Disaster killed thousands.

10 December 2014

What Does Japan’s State Secrecy Act Mean for Free Expression?

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Japan’s controversial State Secrecy Act became law on Wednesday, December 10. The law imposes strict penalties on leakers of state secrets.

6 December 2014

Spending Christmas Eve Alone? Japanese Has a Word for That

"At work a bunch of the junior staff were discussing their kuribotchi plans. 'And just what the heck is kuribotchi?' I asked with a laugh. There was an awkward silence."

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