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.
Oct 16, 2013
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Oct 16, 2013
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Oct 16, 2013
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Oct 16, 2013
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Oct 16, 2013
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Oct 13, 2013
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Oct 13, 2013
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Sep 9, 2013
The first time Tokyo was tapped as a Olympic Games host
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Sep 2, 2013
63 hurt as twister terrorizes Saitama, Chiba
Several dozen people were injured when a tornado ripped through parts of eastern Japan on Monday, tearing off roofs and uprooting buildings.


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