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,, Bluesky and Threads.
For Mark Thompson's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
Japan Times
Feb 8, 2015
Is Australia ready to import Japan’s revolving-door-style politics?
Australian politics has worked itself into a frenzy. Prime Minister Tony Abbott, after ridiculing the previous Labor government for its public infighting, faces a leadership challenge from inside his own Liberal Party.
Japan Times
Jan 28, 2015
Tokyo's menagerie of pet cafes
Japan's animal cafes fill a very important niche, as many people, especially in urban areas, live in cramped apartments with strict no-pets policies. The pet cafe allows them to connect with the domesticated animal kingdom for the price of a cup of tea. Cat cafes got the ball rolling (after the first cat cafe landed in Osaka in 2004) and over the years that's expanded to a menagerie that includes rabbits, birds, goats and even penguins. Here is a selection of pet cafes in Tokyo.
Japan Times
LIFE / Food & Drink
Jan 9, 2015
First taste of Noma in Tokyo
Top chef Rene Redzepi and the staff of his Copenhagen restaurant, Noma, which has been named "world's best" for the four of the past five years, are serving their groundbreaking fare in Tokyo until Feb. 14. Here are a few glimpes from the creators and the first guests.
Japan Times
Jan 1, 2015
Most read domestic news stories for 2014
Ranging from scandal to tragedy to celebration, here are some of the most read Japan news stories from 2014.
Dec 16, 2014
Applications being accepted for pre-Tokyo Marathon 5K run
Applications are now being accepted for the Tokyo Marathon Friendship Run 2015, scheduled for Feb. 21. The 5K running event will take place one day before the 2015 Tokyo Marathon and aims to provide hospitality and promote exchanges with runners from overseas.
Japan Times
Nov 20, 2014
A personal invite to Planet Gondry
By coincidence, two tributes to baby-boomer auteurs are currently on display in Tokyo.
Japan Times
Nov 18, 2014
Renowned Japanese actor Ken Takakura dies at 83
Renowned Japanese actor Ken Takakura died of malignant lymphoma early on Nov. 10, media reported Tuesday. He was 83.
Japan Times
Nov 6, 2014
The campaign to take down pick-up artist Julien Blanc
Portrait of a pick-up artist, as seen on social media.
Japan Times
Oct 31, 2014
Halloween in Japan 2014
Halloween in Japan is a relatively new holiday, especially when it comes to adults. Real trick or treating for kids will probably never catch on, but the act of dressing up — be it cute or creepy — has caught on in a big way. Here is a sample of the sights leading up to All Hallows' Eve.
Japan Times
LIFE / Style & Design
Oct 26, 2014
Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Tokyo, as witnessed on social meda
The styles, the people, the looks of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Tokyo ... as witnessed on social media
Japan Times
WORLD / Politics
Sep 19, 2014
Expats speak out on Scotland's independence referendum
Fxpats couldn't vote on Scotland's independence referendum but that didn't prevent it from being a topic of discussion, celebration and commiseration on Twitter. Here's a sampling of the voices from Japan.
Japan Times
Aug 1, 2014
Along the Shonan Bay shore, all you do is beach, beach, beach, all day long
Every year in July and August, wooden beach huts (umi no ie) pop up along the shores of Shonan Bay in Kanagawa Prefecture. Here is a list of some of the events taking place at a few of the most popular umi no ie in Hayama, Kamakura and Zushi in August.
Japan Times
May 8, 2014
Most shared Japan Times stories from April
In case you missed them, here are the most shared stories from The Japan Times for April 2014.
Japan Times
Apr 23, 2014
Sushi legend Jiro enlisted in bid to wow president
After arriving at Haneda airport, U.S. President Barack Obama is whisked to Ginza for a “casual dinner” with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at the modest yet widely revered sushi restaurant Sukibayashi Jiro.
Japan Times
Mar 26, 2014
[PHOTOS] Spring begins in Tokyo with the annual pink parade of cherry blossoms
Spring officially arrived in Tokyo on Tuesday when Japan's weather agency announced the start of the cherry blossom season.
Japan Times
Feb 27, 2014
[VIDEO] Historic cage match between fully armored knights and samurai
Nov 1, 2013
Nov 1, 2013
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Oct 16, 2013
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Oct 16, 2013
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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