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
23 January 2015
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
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
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
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
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
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
Japan’s controversial State Secrecy Act became law on Wednesday, December 10. The law imposes strict penalties on leakers of state secrets.
8 December 2014
6 December 2014
"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."