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David McNeill is a Tokyo-based writer from Ireland. He writes for several international publications and teaches political science at Sophia University. His new co-authored book is “Strong in the Rain: Surviving Japan’s Earthquake, Tsunami and Fukushima Nuclear Disaster.”

For David McNeill's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Inside Japan's racehorse breeding empire

Aug 20, 2016

Inside Japan's racehorse breeding empire

Harry Sweeney has his hand up a horse’s backside. The mare looks put out by this intrusion. Her eyes dart about nervously and she shifts her weight before accepting five thick human digits probing her insides. After feeling the uterus and the swelling of ...

Selective history: Hirohito's chronicles

| Oct 11, 2014

Selective history: Hirohito's chronicles

Between July 30 and Aug. 2, 1945, when most of Japan’s cities, including Tokyo, lay in smoldering ruins from U.S. aerial bombing and Hiroshima and Nagasaki were days away from being incinerated by American nuclear weapons, Emperor Hirohito sent an envoy to several Shinto ...

Mei Shigenobu's words continue the fight for her mother's cause

Jul 4, 2014

Mei Shigenobu's words continue the fight for her mother's cause

On her 8th birthday, Mei Shigenobu’s mother sat her daughter down and told her that she was the leader of the Japanese Red Army Faction, a group of revolutionary Marxists fighting to violently overthrow global capitalism. It was part of a very unconventional childhood. ...