Articles by David McNeill

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.

ID Author Title
1581 David McNeill
The night hell fell from the sky (Korean translation available)
1638 David McNeill
"I just want to make Japan a better place to live": Korean national blocked from promotion by Tokyo government vows to fight on
1639 David McNeill
War Child
1720 David McNeill
Rising Japanese Right Calls the Tune: Hoisting the Hinomaru
1750 David McNeill
Murakami Ichiro and Ultra-Nationalist Intimidation in Japan
1752 David McNeill
Time running out for shrinking Japan
1762 David McNeill
Building Bridges Over Hate: Thai-Burma Railroad legacy
1768 David McNeill
The Island Idyll and the US Occupation
1796 David McNeill
Bite the Dog: cracking down on the Japanese press
1813 David McNeill, Andreas Hippin
Kyoto Korea Town fights for survival
1818 David McNeill, Clifford Coonan
Japanese Flock to China for Organ Transplants
1833 David McNeill
Mr. Song and Dance Man
1835 David McNeill
Enemies of the State: Free Speech and Japan's Courts
1836 David McNeill
Expressing the horror of Hiroshima in 17 syllables
1839 David McNeill
Freedom of the Press U.S. Style on Okinawa
1897 David McNeill
The Punk Spirit: Japan's hippest young fashion designer makes his first foray into the world of art
1913 David McNeill
People Power: Have Okinawan protests forced Tokyo and Washington to rethink their base plan?
1927 David McNeill, Ian Mather
Japan and the Intensifying Global Whaling Debate
1929 David McNeill
The Art of Chindogu in a World Gone Mad
1936 David McNeill, Herbert P. Bix
Trouble at the Top: Japan's Imperial Family in Crisis
1961 David McNeill
Using a Sledgehammer to Crack a Nut: Japanese Police Crush Peace Protestors
1992 David McNeill, Mark Selden
Asia Battles Over War History: The legacy of the Pacific War looms over Tokyo's plans for the future
1996 David McNeill
Still Angry After All These Years: Imelda Marcos responds to critics of the Marcos dictatorship
2048 David McNeill
Flags of Our Fathers: commemorating Iwo Jima
2054 David McNeill
The Pain of Remembering August 6, 1945 (Korean translation available)
2101 David McNeill
Wife's Lonely Vigil for Imprisoned Husband
2129 David McNeill, Andreas Hippin
Has the right hijacked the abductee issue in Japan?
2151 David McNeill
Family Ties: The Tojo Legacy
2156 David McNeill
Japanese Hostages Return Home to Mauling From the Right
2161 David McNeill
Rites of String
2164 David McNeill
What Role Japan's Imperial Family?
2175 Gavan McCormack, David McNeill, John Junkerman
Japan's Political and Constitutional Crossroads
2212 David McNeill
The Struggle for the Japanese Soul: Komori Yoshihisa, Sankei Shimbun, and the JIIA controversy
2231 David McNeill
Selective Pain: Kidnapping, Contemporary Japan and Media Obsession
2247 David McNeill
Still Taboo After All These Years: Japan's New Imperial Heir and the Media
2284 David McNeill
Ryuichi SAKAMOTO: From Bach to Rock to Pop . . . and the Fate of the Corporate Earth
2306 David McNeill
Taiji: Japan's Dolphin Cull and the Clash of Cultures
2333 David McNeill
A Foot soldier in the War Against Forgetting Japanese Wartime Atrocities
2353 David McNeill
Japan and the Whaling Ban: Siege Mentality Fuels 'Sustainability' Claims
2377 David McNeill, Tony McNicol
Is Press Freedom Being Eroded in Japan?
2390 David McNeill
In the Shadow of Hiroshima. U.S. Marines and Japanese SDF collaborate at Iwakuni six decades after the bomb
2402 David McNeill, C.M. Mason
Dead Men Walking: Japan's Death Penalty
2413 David McNeill
Japan's History Wars and Popular Consciousness
2415 David McNeill
Kaji Maki: First he gave us sudoku
2442 David McNeill
Harpooned. Japan and the future of whaling
2460 David McNeill
International Media Scream 'Yellow Peril'. Race and sensationalism in coverage of Japan's Hawker, Blackman murders
2466 David McNeill
Softly, Softly. Did the Japan Institute of International Affairs buckle under right-wing pressure? No, says Amb. Satoh Yukio. Yes, say his critics.
2468 David McNeill, Adam Lebowitz
Hammering Down the Educational Nail: Abe Revises the Fundamental law of Education
2487 David McNeill
Shaken to the Core: Japan's Nuclear Program Battered by Niigata Quake
2525 David McNeill
Kicking Your Head to Get Rid of a Headache: Palm Oil & the Imminent Extinction of the Orangutan
2548 David McNeill
Eros & Death: The World of Araki Nobuyoshi
2599 David McNeill
Look Back in Anger. Filming the Nanjing Massacre
2622 David McNeill
The Last Samurai
2673 David McNeill
Certain Justice. Japan's Detention System and the Rights of the Accused
2687 David McNeill
Suffer little Children: Legacies of War in Cambodia
2712 David McNeill, John Junkerman
Freedom Next Time. Japanese Neonationalists Seek to Silence Yasukuni Film (UPDATED)
2766 David McNeill
Martyrs for Peace: Japanese antiwar activists jailed for trespassing in SDF compound vow to fight on
2821 David McNeill
Magnificent Obsession: Japan's Bone Man and the World War II Dead in the Pacific
2883 David McNeill
Out of the Shadows: Can Japan's Nuclear Power Renaissance Reduce Global Emissions?
2911 David McNeill, Jake Adelstein
Yakuza Wars
2953 David McNeill, Yomiuri
Unmasking Capital Punishment: A Wave of Executions, The Yomiuri and Japan's Death Penalty
2982 David McNeill
Campaigners fight to clear "Tokyo Two" in Whaling Case. Treatment of Greenpeace activists creates worldwide protests
3003 David McNeill, Justin McCurry
Japan's King of Fish Faces Extinction
3070 David McNeill, T. Taniguchi
A Solution to the Whaling Issue? Former MOFA spokesman speaks out
3083 David McNeill
Justice for Some. Crime, Victims and the US-Japan SOFA
3133 David McNeill
Tokyo's Mean Streets
3139 David McNeill
Modern Life is Rubbish: Miyazaki Hayao Returns to Old-Fashioned Filmmaking
3143 David McNeill, Matsutani Minoru, Alex Martin, Kamiya Setsuko, Hongo Jun
Lowering the Drawbridge of Fortress Japan: Citizenship, Nationality and the Rights of Children
3174 David McNeill
The Terminators. Police Death Squads in the Philippines
3247 David McNeill
Gravity Defying: Whither Korea’s bid to build a world-class city entirely from scratch?
3305 David McNeill
Secrets and Lies: Ampo, Japan's Role in the Iraq War and the Constitution 秘密と虚言−−安保、イラク戦争における日本の役割、憲法
3311 David McNeill
Somewhere Over the Rainbow: Toyota and the consequences of the drive to be the world’s No.1  虹の彼方に−−トヨタ及び世界一を目指した駆動の結果
3318 David McNeill, Peter Alford
Stop the Press? The Sankei and the State of Japan's Newspaper Industry  印刷機作業停止?産經と日本の新聞業界
3478 David McNeill
Waiting for the Dam to Break: WikiLeaks and Japan  ダム決壊を待つ −− ウィキリークスと日本
3510 David McNeill
Communities Struggle to Rebuild Shattered Lives on Japan's Coast  破壊された生活を建直そうと苦闘する日本沿岸の地域社会
3515 David McNeill
Back from the Brink: A city in ruins looks to the future  危機よりの復帰−−廃虚化した一都市、未来に目を向ける
3527 David McNeill
Waiting for Doomsday: Living next to the 'world’s most dangerous nuclear power plant.'  終焉の日を待つ−−「世界で最も危険な原子力発電所」の隣に住む
3559 David McNeill
After Fukushima: Winning the Battle for Hearts and Minds in Britain and Japan  フクシマの後−−イギリスと日本で心情と理性のための戦いに克つこと
3585 David McNeill, Jake Adelstein
What happened at Fukushima?  福島原子力発電所で何が起こったのか
3613 David McNeill
Implausible Denial: Japanese Court Rules on Secret US-Japan Pact Over the Return of Okinawa  信じがたい否認−−沖縄復帰に関する日米秘密協定への東京高等裁判所裁決
3700 David McNeill
Crippled Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant at One Year: Back in the Disaster Zone  福島原発事故より一年−−ふたたび危険区域へ
3707 David McNeill
The Fukushima Nuclear Crisis and the Fight for Compensation  福島原発危機および補償への闘い
3849 David McNeill, Lucy Birmingham
Meltdown: On the Front Lines of Japan's 3.11 Disaster  炉心溶融−−3.11大災害の前線で 
3912 David McNeill
Truth to Power: Japanese Media, International Media and 3.11 Reportage 権力に真実を:日本メディア、国際メディアと3.11報道 Japanese translation available
3950 David McNeill
Life and Death Choices: Radiation, children, and Japan’s future 生死を分ける選択—放射線、子どもの健康、そして日本の未来
3993 David McNeill
Cover-Up: Toyota and Quality Control 隠蔽工作 トヨタのQC
4000 David McNeill
Mission Impossible. What Future Fukushima? ミッション・インポッシブル 福島に未来は
4017 Justin McCurry, David McNeill
Japan's Cut-Price Nuclear Cleanup 福島は割引清掃
4047 David McNeill
Back to the Future: Shinto, Ise and Japan’s New Moral Education
4062 David McNeill
Al-Jazeera America on the Fukushima Triple Disaster, Three Years On アルジャジーラ・アメリカが報じる福島トリップル災害 三年目
4073 David McNeill, Paul Jobin
Japan’s 3.11 Triple Disaster: Introduction to a Special Issue 特集 3.11日本のトリップル惨事 端書き
4094 David McNeill
Japanese Government Squelching Efforts to Measure Fukushima Meltdown 日本政府、福島メルトダウン測定の取り組み芽を摘む
4152 David McNeill, Justin McCurry
After the Deluge: Tsunami and the Great Wall of Japan 大洪水も何のその 建てるは建てるは日本版万里の長城
4202 David McNeill
'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 「やっぱりね、過去をちゃんと見てないものは、また同じことを始める」慰安所と日本軍の関わりについてある衛生兵が報告
4264 Justin McCurry, David McNeill
Sink the Asahi! The ‘Comfort Women’ Controversy and the Neo-nationalist Attack 朝日を潰せ!「慰安婦」問題とネオナショナリズムの攻撃
4389 David McNeill, Androniki Christodoulou
Inside Fukushima's Potemkin Village: Naraha
4409 David McNeill
Nippon Kaigi and the Radical Conservative Project to Take Back Japan
4626 David McNeill
After the Quake: Journey to Fukushima
4638 David McNeill
In the Shadow of Japan’s Wounded Nuclear Beast
4646 David McNeill
Back from the Brink
4653 David McNeill
Why I love Japan even more since the earthquake
4657 David McNeill
Sato Eisaku's Warning
4662 David McNeill
Japan’s government faces looming crisis over ‘whack-a-mole’ nuclear policies
4665 David McNeill
‘We’ve no idea when we’ll be back’
4684 David McNeill
A young man sacrificing his future to shut down Fukushima  福島第一廃炉化のために自分の将来を犠牲にする若い男
4693 David McNeill
Blood Money - Fukushima Victims Bitter Over Compensation  涙金−−補償額を不服とする福島の犠牲者たち
4750 David McNeill
Warning: Genius at Work - The Art of Aida Makoto 取り扱い注意!天才作業中ー会田誠のアート
4754 David McNeill
Fukushima - Two Years On 福島—その二年後
4756 David McNeill
Whaling as Diplomacy 外交としての捕鯨