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Mark Thompson
Mark Thompson is the managing editor of The Japan Times, where he has worked since the birth of HTML. Once upon a time, he was on the features desk and wrote regularly about culture and technology. He can be found on way too many social platforms, including Mastodon, Post.news, Bluesky and Threads.
For Mark Thompson's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
Japan Times
MULTIMEDIA
Dec 16, 2021
‘A nightmare’: Kentucky tornado victims sort through rubble
Residents of Princeton, Kentucky., sifted through debris for salvageable items and cherished belongings after a tornado destroyed dozens of homes on Dec. 10.
Japan Times
MULTIMEDIA
Nov 26, 2021
If the Internet were a toy, it would look like this. Would you let your kid play with It?
Our kids are at the mercy of tech companies, with only an outdated law to protect them.
Japan Times
MULTIMEDIA
Nov 17, 2021
Searching for the unmarked graves of indigenous children
For more than a century, Indigenous children in Canada were forced to attend residential schools, where many endured abuse. Thousands were never seen again and survivors were long ignored.
Japan Times
MULTIMEDIA
Nov 11, 2021
Uniqlo keeps Swedish athletes warm at the 2022 Beijing Olympics
Japan Times
MULTIMEDIA
Oct 29, 2021
We’re facing a climate disaster. Why Is Greta Thunberg hopeful?
“All political and economic systems have failed, but humanity has not yet failed.”
Japan Times
MULTIMEDIA
Oct 29, 2021
It’s quitting season
Time to stop being a martyr to grit.
Japan Times
MULTIMEDIA
Sep 29, 2021
The U.S. military said it was an ISIS safe house. We found an Afghan family home.
Even as the military apologized for killing 10 civilians by mistake in a drone strike in Kabul, it insisted its target had stopped by an ISIS “safe house.” The New York Times found that the building was actually home to an NGO worker and his family.
Japan Times
MULTIMEDIA
Sep 14, 2021
‘Imminent threat’ or aid worker: Did a U.S. drone strike in Afghanistan kill the wrong person?
The New York Times obtained exclusive security camera footage and witness accounts to show how the military launched a drone strike that killed 10 people in Kabul on Aug. 29 without knowing who it was hitting.
Japan Times
MULTIMEDIA
Sep 10, 2021
Inside the abandoned Kabul mansion Taliban soldiers call home
More than 150 fighters have taken over the residence of a notorious Afghan warlord. Many are adjusting to a new lifestyle while awaiting orders from the new government.
Japan Times
MULTIMEDIA
Aug 24, 2021
Dying in the name of vaccine freedom
In Arkansas, many are choosing personal liberty over vaccination — at a heavy cost.
Japan Times
OLYMPICS
Jul 26, 2021
Day 3 Tokyo 2020: Live updates
It was raining gold for Japan yesterday. Will the deluge continue on Day 3? Follow the action along with us.
Japan Times
OLYMPICS
Jul 25, 2021
Day 2 Tokyo 2020: Live updates
We made it through to Day 2! The big ticket items today will most likely be in the pool and on the tennis and badminton courts.
Japan Times
OLYMPICS
Jul 24, 2021
Tokyo 2020 Day 1: Live Updates
Straight out the gate, Day One is packed full of events, and already before noon, the Games' first gold medal has been logged: Congratulations to Yang Qian!
Japan Times
OLYMPICS
Jul 23, 2021
Live commentary for the Tokyo Summer Olympics' Opening Ceremony
Coming to you live from Tokyo, this is where we’ll be updating you on the 2020 Summer Olympics and Paralympics. Please join staff and contributors of The Japan Times now as we all view an Opening Ceremony like no other.
Japan Times
MULTIMEDIA
Feb 24, 2021
The Last Word: Lawrence Ferlinghetti
For more than 50 years, the poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti kept the bohemian and beat spirit alive at his City Lights Bookstore in San Francisco. In 2007, he spoke to The New York Times about his life and legacy.
Japan Times
MULTIMEDIA
Jan 9, 2021
‘Hold the line, patriots’: New scenes from the Capitol riot
The New York Times cameras captured the mayhem, confusion and chaos outside the Capitol as Trump supporters entered and disrupted certification of the Electoral College results.
Japan Times
Rugby
Oct 20, 2019
LIVE: 2019 Rugby World Cup — Japan vs South Africa
Konnichiwa! Welcome to our live coverage of the 2019 Rugby World Cup. Tonight, Japan faces South Africa at Tokyo Stadium, in the quarterfinals, as all eyes focus on the Brave Blossoms can repeat their 2015 victory over the Springboks.
Japan Times
LIFE / Style & Design
Sep 1, 2019
Issey Miyake goes with the flow with new Osaka store
Issey Miyake's newest store taps the creativity and artisanship of Osaka with a drop of regional humor.
Japan Times
CULTURE
Aug 27, 2019
Harajuku Omotesando Genki-sai Super Yosakoi 2019
In August, the streets of Japan are filled with the sounds of music and dance. In Tokyo, one of the monster events is the Harajuku Omotesando Genki-sai Super Yosakoi, for which more than 100 teams gather to perform on streets and stages in the famous shopping district.
Japan Times
WORLD
Jan 13, 2019
New York Times publisher A.G. Sulzberger: 'Following the truth, wherever it leads'
In the spring of 2014, a low rumble could be felt deep in the media landscape. An in-house report about the need for digital innovation at The New York Times was leaked by competitors, and what it revealed was a major news organization clearly struggling to overcome internal stasis and catch up with new fleet-footed players.

Longform

Historically, kabuki was considered the entertainment of the merchant and peasant classes, a far cry from how it is regarded today.
For Japan's oldest kabuki theater, the show must go on