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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.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Media / Japan Pulse
Apr 1, 2013
April Fool's in Japan — the joke's on you
Bit by bit Japan is learning how to play the fool and play it well.
PRESS / Corporate Trends
Mar 25, 2013
The Japan Times, New York Times announce publishing agreement for Japan
TOKYO — The Japan Times and The New York Times Company today announce a publishing agreement that will see the International New York Times packaged with The Japan Times in the Japan market. The combined product, which will be distributed Monday through Saturday, will be known as The Japan Times /...
Japan Times
JAPAN
Mar 19, 2013
Power trouble leads to suspension of cooling operations at Fukushima plant
Tokyo Electric Power Co. says Monday a problem with electric power has occurred at its crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, leading to the suspension of the system to cool spent fuel pools of the Nos. 1, 3 and 4 units.
Japan Times
PRESS / Corporate Trends
Jan 26, 2013
JT Online: Into the future of new media
Japan Times
CARTOONS / DAHL'S JAPAN
Jan 19, 2013
DPJ’s Adult Day
Japan Times
CARTOONS / DAHL'S JAPAN
Jan 19, 2013
LDP slogans
Japan Times
CARTOONS / DAHL'S JAPAN
Jan 19, 2013
Ozawa Eyebags
Special Supplements
Jan 15, 2013
ジャパンタイムズの転職サイト
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International Reports / World Eye Reports
Dec 31, 2012
World Eye Reports
CULTURE / Japan Pulse
Nov 13, 2012
Today's J-blip: Kasō Taishō's YouTube channel
Give it up for oshogatsu's amateur hour and the common (creative) man.
JAPAN
Sep 28, 2012
Storify: Typhoon Jelawat
Japan Times
JAPAN / Media / Japan Pulse
Aug 3, 2012
Today's J-blip: Ikea pops up all over Cat Street
In a series of pop-ups, Ikea Japan gives city folk a taste of Swedish style.
Japan Times
MULTIMEDIA
May 21, 2012
Solar eclipse in Japan 2012
Japan Times
MULTIMEDIA
Apr 1, 2012
Roppongi Art Night: Midtown area
Japan Times
JAPAN
Mar 11, 2012
Your memories of March 11, 2011
On March 11, 2011, the Tohoku region was struck by a severe earthquake, triggering a deadly tsunami that caused extensive damage and a huge loss of lives. The quake was felt through much of Japan, physically and psychologically. On the first anniversary, we asked people to share their memories of that tragic day via social media. Please add yours by using the #311memory hashtag.
Special Supplements
Jan 17, 2012
The Japan Times Academy
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CULTURE / Art
Dec 24, 2010
'Snapshots Cast Their Spell'; 'Radiant Moments: The New Snapshot'
Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography
Japan Times
CULTURE / Art
Aug 13, 2010
Man Ray: The bright ideas of an original
"Unconcerned but Not Indifferent" reads the gravestone epitaph of American-born artist Man Ray, who was buried in his adopted hometown, Montparnasse, Paris. The same phrase is used for the title of an exhibition of the enigmatic artist now showing at the National Art Center, Tokyo. It can be applied...
Japan Times
CULTURE / Art
Jun 4, 2010
Red and black and spread all over
The avant-garde generally gravitates toward absolutes; you're either with them or against them. But how often in history has progressive art been created in service of the state's one-size-fits-all ideology? Not many, and perhaps the best-known example is the group that appeared in a brief window of...
Japan Times
CULTURE / Art
Feb 12, 2010
Cyber Arts Japan: As interactive as they want to be
"What are silk screen prints doing in a show of media art?"

Longform

The Japanese government updated its English education guidelines in 2017 to emphasize communication over grammar and memorization. Public school teachers are incredibly busy, however, which means schools haven’t been able to implement changes uniformly. Private and alternative schools are attempting to remedy this.
The language of opportunity: Bilingual education is on the rise in Japan