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.