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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

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.

23 February 2015

Arrival of Yellow Dust Marks Start of Spring Headaches for Japan

Fukuoka in Japan is experiencing its first "yellow dust" day of the season, three months early.

19 February 2015

Take a Stroll Through the Backstreets of Japan

One Japanese YouTube user, satobo3104, has joined the Slow TV movement and uploaded hundreds of videos documenting walks through old neighbourhoods all over Japan.

Japan Seizes Syria-Bound Photographer's Passport Amid ISIS Fears

This follows the brutal murder of two Japanese nationals by ISIS in January. There is now a vague sense in Japan that some places that are not acceptable for travel.

14 February 2015

Japan Needs Apartheid, Says Influential Conservative Author

Noted Japanese author and conservative political activist Ayako Sono advocated in a newspaper column that immigrants to Japan be separated by race and forced to live in special zones.

12 February 2015

Hungry for a Meme? Try Japan's ‘English French Toast’

This isn't exactly high-end fusion food. The somewhat contradictory nature of the local Japanese treat's name has become a minor Internet meme.

5 February 2015

Don't Let ISIS Crisis Hobble Free Expression in Japan: Petition

More than a 1,000 people have signed the online declaration. During the recent hostage crisis, some people in Japan called for "self-restraint" in light of criticism of the government.

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..."