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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

1 April 2015

Cherry Blossoms Help Japanese Town Shake Off Tsunami Sorrow

Cherry blossom season means more than just pretty photos published on social media. It's a time for Japanese people to reflect, hope, dream, and come to terms with loss.

20 March 2015

Japanese Power Utility Finally Admits Fukushima Meltdown

Tepco's Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power facility was severely damaged following the massive earthquake and subsequent tsunami that occurred on March 11, 2011.

19 March 2015

Nintendo Finally Goes Mobile After Years of Resisting

"Although Nintendo's decision to enter the mobile market is a sign of the times and is a business decision, it's a bit of sad situation."

12 March 2015

Film Captures Cramped Lives of Japan's ‘Net Cafe Refugees’

In the mid-2000s, some Japanese who do not earn enough to rent their own apartments began living in Internet cafe booths, considered a step above living on the street.

11 March 2015

Katsuo Ningen, the Humanoid Severed Fish Head That Won Japan's Heart

In a country used to mascots, even Japanese people are surprised by "Bonito Man," better known as Katsuo Ningen, who represents one of Japan's most isolated prefectures.

10 March 2015

A Candy-Powered Rocket in Japan? Challenge Accepted!

People from all over Japan participated in the Candy Rocket Project, embarking on a mission to launch a rocket. Candy maker UHA Mikakuto uploaded the results in cool YouTube video.

6 March 2015

A Week in the Life of a Tokyo ‘Salary Man’

A recent video by prolific YouTube vlogger has gone viral, reaching more than half a million views. The video highlights Japan's working hours, and government effort to address the issue.

3 March 2015

A Move to Recognize Same-Sex Marriage in Japan Reveals Hidden Prejudices

If the statute is passed it will be the first time same-sex unions will be recognized by Japanese law.

27 February 2015

Whoever Said Japanese Students’ Indoor Shoes Had to Be Boring?

Parents and children alike are personalizing students' "uwabaki", or indoor shoes. Students, teachers, and visitors are all required to remove their street shoes before entering the school.

24 February 2015

Read First-Hand Accounts of Hiroshima and Nagasaki Bombings, Translated to English

August 2015 marks the 70th anniversary of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.