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.
Latest posts by Nevin Thompson
22 November 2014
While some commentators are calling Abe's move "self-serving", others think Abe is facing political oblivion anyway and that the snap elections may be the spark that reignites Japan's moribund opposition.
21 November 2014
18 November 2014
The International Union for Conservation of Nature has placed bluefin tuna on its Red List of endangered species. Japan consumes about a quarter of the world's tuna catch.
15 November 2014
"Beautiful coral that has taken years for nature to create are being uprooted. The maritime ecosystem of the sea around the Bonin Islands is being destroyed."
14 November 2014
13 November 2014
7 November 2014
Osaka Mayor Toru Hashimoto: "Well, an asshole like you..." Ultra-rightist Makoto Sakurai: "Hey, don't call me an asshole." Hashimoto: "Oh, just shut up, you asshole."
5 November 2014
Many employers in Japan's affluent and densely populated Pacific Seaboard axis stretching between Tokyo and Osaka subsidize the substantial cost of train and bus tickets for regular, full-time employees.
4 November 2014
A popular Japanese meme blames Koma-san, a character on the show, for any minor problem or inconvenience experienced, while another character is a popping up on carved Halloween pumpkins.