Nevin Thompson

Japan Editor

Global Voices Online

Nevin Thompson is the Japan Editor for Global Voices.

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.

A blurry image of a car chase overlaid with Japanese writing.

Japanese TV program turns migrant raids and deportations into entertainment

A Japanese "cop reality show" chasing foreigners who have overstayed their visas is not a welcome sign for the 500,000 new foreign workers who will arrive to help ease a chronic labor shortage.

Japanese TV program turns migrant raids and deportations into entertainment
A Japanese Famicom (short for "Family Computer") video game console made by Nintendo.

Japanese parents experience nostalgia as Nintendo console enters school textbooks

Japanese parents experience nostalgia as Nintendo console enters school textbooks
A Japanese college graduate publicly promises that she will do her best in trying to find work during a job-hunting rally at an outdoor theatre in Tokyo.

Japanese women push back against leaning in

Japanese women push back against leaning in
Row of cherry blossom trees

The 99,000 cherry trees Japan to salve the sorrow of a tsunami

The 99,000 cherry trees Japan to salve the sorrow of a tsunami
Keisuke Kuwata wears a fake Hitler mustache at the start of the 2014 Red and White Song Competition, a major New Year's Eve institution in Japan.

Why did this man wear a Hitler mustache on Japanese TV? No one really knows

Why did this man wear a Hitler mustache on Japanese TV? No one really knows