Articles by David McNeill

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David McNeill is the Japan correspondent for The Independent and other publications, including The Irish TimesThe Economist and The Chronicle of Higher Education. He covered the nuclear disaster for all three publications, has been to Fukushima ten times since 11 March 2011, and has written the book Strong in the Rain (with Lucy Birmingham) about the disasters. He is an Asia-Pacific Journal editor.


David McNeill, BA, MA (N. Ireland), PhD (Scotland), PGCLTHE (England). Journalist and Lecturer (part-time) Faculty of Liberal Arts, Sophia University Tokyo.



Biographical Statement:

Since coming to Japan in 2000, I've switched career emphasis from academia to journalism, though I continue to teach part-time.  In addition to my Sophia work, I'm currently the Japan/Korea correspondent for the Chronicle of Higher Education and a regular contributor to the Irish Times, Independent and Japan Times newspapers. My work has also appeared in Newsweek, New Scientist, The Face, New Statesman, South China Morning Post and the International Herald Tribune, The Chicago Tribune, on the BBC, RTE and CBC and in many other outlets.  I'm a board member of the Foreign Correspondents' Club of Japan and chair of The Foreign Press in Japan.


Career highlights:

I taught full-time at the Department of Media, Critical and Creative Arts in Liverpool John Moores University from July 1995 - August 1999.  I've since taught at the Guangdong University of Technology in southern China, and the University of Tokyo, Takushoku University and the Tokyo Institute of Technology in Japan.  My reporting has taken me to most parts of Japan as well as Thailand, South Korea, The Philippines, Indonesia, Vietnam, Cambodia, Alaska, and the Caribbean. 



Walter Allen Prize for Creative Writing, University of Ulster 1991; Daiwa Japanese scholarship 1993; Monbusho Japanese 2-year scholarship, 1993-5; Japanese Proficiency Certificate from University of Tokyo 1994; Japan Foundation bursary for study in Japan 1999; Best Technology Writing, University of Michigan 2006; Education Writers Association, best article in ‘series' category (for Chronicle of Higher Education) 2009.

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A young man sacrificing his future to shut down Fukushima
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Why I love Japan even more since the earthquake
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In the Shadow of Japan’s Wounded Nuclear Beast
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After the Quake: Journey to Fukushima
Nippon Kaigi and the Radical Conservative Project to Take Back Japan
Inside Fukushima's Potemkin Village: Naraha
Sink the Asahi! The ‘Comfort Women’ Controversy and the Neo-nationalist Attack !
'If we don't face our past, we're bound to repeat the same mistakes.' Japanese wartime medical orderly reports on army's role in maintaining 'comfort women' system
After the Deluge: Tsunami and the Great Wall of Japan
Japanese Government Squelching Efforts to Measure Fukushima Meltdown
Japan’s 3.11 Triple Disaster: Introduction to a Special Issue 3.11
Al-Jazeera America on the Fukushima Triple Disaster, Three Years On
Back to the Future: Shinto, Ise and Japan’s New Moral Education
Japan's Cut-Price Nuclear Cleanup
Mission Impossible. What Future Fukushima?
Cover-Up: Toyota and Quality Control QC
Life and Death Choices: Radiation, children, and Japan’s future —
Truth to Power: Japanese Media, International Media and 3.11 Reportage :3.11 Japanese translation available
Meltdown: On the Front Lines of Japan's 3.11 Disaster−−3.11
The Fukushima Nuclear Crisis and the Fight for Compensation
Crippled Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant at One Year: Back in the Disaster Zone−−
Implausible Denial: Japanese Court Rules on Secret US-Japan Pact Over the Return of Okinawa−−
What happened at Fukushima?
After Fukushima: Winning the Battle for Hearts and Minds in Britain and Japan−−
Waiting for Doomsday: Living next to the 'world’s most dangerous nuclear power plant.'−−
Back from the Brink: A city in ruins looks to the future−−
Communities Struggle to Rebuild Shattered Lives on Japan's Coast
Waiting for the Dam to Break: WikiLeaks and Japan −−
Stop the Press? The Sankei and the State of Japan's Newspaper Industry ?
Somewhere Over the Rainbow: Toyota and the consequences of the drive to be the world’s No.1 −−
Secrets and Lies: Ampo, Japan's Role in the Iraq War and the Constitution−−
Gravity Defying: Whither Korea’s bid to build a world-class city entirely from scratch?
The Terminators. Police Death Squads in the Philippines
Lowering the Drawbridge of Fortress Japan: Citizenship, Nationality and the Rights of Children
Modern Life is Rubbish: Miyazaki Hayao Returns to Old-Fashioned Filmmaking
Tokyo's Mean Streets
Justice for Some. Crime, Victims and the US-Japan SOFA
A Solution to the Whaling Issue? Former MOFA spokesman speaks out
Japan's King of Fish Faces Extinction
Campaigners fight to clear "Tokyo Two" in Whaling Case. Treatment of Greenpeace activists creates worldwide protests
Unmasking Capital Punishment: A Wave of Executions, The Yomiuri and Japan's Death Penalty
Yakuza Wars
Out of the Shadows: Can Japan's Nuclear Power Renaissance Reduce Global Emissions?
Magnificent Obsession: Japan's Bone Man and the World War II Dead in the Pacific
Martyrs for Peace: Japanese antiwar activists jailed for trespassing in SDF compound vow to fight on
Freedom Next Time. Japanese Neonationalists Seek to Silence Yasukuni Film (UPDATED)
Suffer little Children: Legacies of War in Cambodia
Certain Justice. Japan's Detention System and the Rights of the Accused
The Last Samurai
Look Back in Anger. Filming the Nanjing Massacre
Eros & Death: The World of Araki Nobuyoshi
Kicking Your Head to Get Rid of a Headache: Palm Oil & the Imminent Extinction of the Orangutan
Shaken to the Core: Japan's Nuclear Program Battered by Niigata Quake
Hammering Down the Educational Nail: Abe Revises the Fundamental law of Education
Softly, Softly. Did the Japan Institute of International Affairs buckle under right-wing pressure? No, says Amb. Satoh Yukio. Yes, say his critics.
International Media Scream 'Yellow Peril'. Race and sensationalism in coverage of Japan's Hawker, Blackman murders
Harpooned. Japan and the future of whaling
Kaji Maki: First he gave us sudoku
Japan's History Wars and Popular Consciousness
Dead Men Walking: Japan's Death Penalty
In the Shadow of Hiroshima. U.S. Marines and Japanese SDF collaborate at Iwakuni six decades after the bomb
Is Press Freedom Being Eroded in Japan?
Japan and the Whaling Ban: Siege Mentality Fuels 'Sustainability' Claims
A Foot soldier in the War Against Forgetting Japanese Wartime Atrocities
Taiji: Japan's Dolphin Cull and the Clash of Cultures
Ryuichi SAKAMOTO: From Bach to Rock to Pop . . . and the Fate of the Corporate Earth
Still Taboo After All These Years: Japan's New Imperial Heir and the Media
Selective Pain: Kidnapping, Contemporary Japan and Media Obsession
The Struggle for the Japanese Soul: Komori Yoshihisa, Sankei Shimbun, and the JIIA controversy
Japan's Political and Constitutional Crossroads
What Role Japan's Imperial Family?
Rites of String
Japanese Hostages Return Home to Mauling From the Right
Family Ties: The Tojo Legacy
Has the right hijacked the abductee issue in Japan?
Wife's Lonely Vigil for Imprisoned Husband
The Pain of Remembering August 6, 1945 (Korean translation available)
Flags of Our Fathers: commemorating Iwo Jima
Still Angry After All These Years: Imelda Marcos responds to critics of the Marcos dictatorship
Asia Battles Over War History: The legacy of the Pacific War looms over Tokyo's plans for the future
Using a Sledgehammer to Crack a Nut: Japanese Police Crush Peace Protestors
Trouble at the Top: Japan's Imperial Family in Crisis
The Art of Chindogu in a World Gone Mad
Japan and the Intensifying Global Whaling Debate
People Power: Have Okinawan protests forced Tokyo and Washington to rethink their base plan?
The Punk Spirit: Japan's hippest young fashion designer makes his first foray into the world of art
Freedom of the Press U.S. Style on Okinawa
Expressing the horror of Hiroshima in 17 syllables
Enemies of the State: Free Speech and Japan's Courts
Mr. Song and Dance Man
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