Nikkei Asia

Snow is a writer for Nikkei Asia, the English-language version of Nikkei, which also owns The Financial Times. She also writes for Nikkei Business.

Snow was a ten-year blogger at The Huffington Post with 90+ posts. In addition, she blogged frequently for Common Dreams and AlterNet. Her writings have been widely published, including in the Washington Post, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Japan Times, The Diplomat, ACCJ Journal, Japan Today, The Guardian, EURObiZ, and Metropolis.

Nancy published her first article in the Richmond Times-Dispatch when she was 10.  It was about the importance of Earth Day.


Japan can learn from Germany’s approach to training and work


Perceptions of Japan have never been better, but some problems remain

Guardrails are needed as new nuclear arms race gets underway

Better English is in Japan’s security interest

Hiroshima’s message of peace was lost on the G-7

The world needs Japan to rally the G-7 against nuclear weapons

The Japan Foundation is key to the country’s soft power


Without internationalization, Japanese higher education is sinking

By working together, China and Japan can revive their economies

Japan should improve record on trafficking before taking G-7 helm 

Stronger ties with Africa will help sustain Japan’s economy 

How Japan’s first snowboarding gold can inspire ‘new capitalism’

Japan must reopen its borders to students 


Japan’s 2021 turnaround worthy of a gold medal 

Fumio Kishida is the global communicator Japan should emulate 

Maria Ressa’s Nobel Peace Prize is a win for the people 

The Olympics are here but at what cost to Japan’s reputation 

Opposing the Olympics has helped the Japanese people find their voice 

The cringeworthy countdown to the Summer Olympics 

China must not become the new cancel country 


Japan is not ready for an influx of foreign visitors  

Japan must consider easing its COVID-19 travel ban 

Japan’s government gets no credit for coronavirus response 

Abe’s cheesy video highlights Japan’s coronavirus PR failure 

Swift Olympic cancellation will boost Japan’s soft power 

Japan’s government has failed coronavirus communications test 


Sadako Ogata’s legacy should restrain Shinzo Abe’s military enthusiasm   

War-themed artwork row reflects free-speech tensions in Japan  

Other publications

What 10 Days in Noble Silent Meditation in Japan Taught Me  Japan Forward Jan. 18, 2020

Japan should not let politics override personal ties (with Kadir Jun Ayhan) Korea Herald

Hosting the Group of 20 summit in Osaka did Japan no favors Japan Times

Teppanyaki: A Japan cooking tradition made in America Japan Today

Thinking out loud about public diplomacy in Korea and beyond (with Kadir Jun Ayhan) Korea Times

1930s Café do Brasil in Ginza: Propagation of Coffee in Japan Asahi Shimbun Globe+

Laughter is the Best Medicine for ‘Bitter Rivals’ China and Japan Asahi Shimbun Globe+

Japan’s universities need more global ties Japan Times

Mayor damages Osaka’s image by cutting ties with San Francisco Japan Times

Japan has much to teach America about guns Japan Times

Japan’s race for the LGBT gold  Japan Today

Why Yuriko Koike is the new face of brand Japan Japan Times

Japan must take lead in gender diplomacy  Japan Times

Forget Wall Street gains, U.S. soft power has crashed Japan Times

What Japan’s millennials of the sea can teach us Japan Today

Is America on track to be the Great Satan again? Japan Times

Can the ultimate marketing campaign sell peace? Japan Times

Abe’s Abyss The Cipher Brief

Women’s empowerment: The time is now, Japan Japan Times

Wheelchair-free zero gravity: A businessman’s dream fulfilled Japan Today

Ise Jingu: Telling Japan’s story to the rest of the world Japan Times

The fate of a dolphin activist in Japan’s flawed democracy Japan Times

A taste for life: Meet food diplomat Ami Matsuzawa ACCJ Journal

Megumi Hagiuda: A Rose by Any Other Name ACCJ Journal

Japan’s Future is an OISTer Japan Times

Harry Kosato: The World is His Oyster ACCJ Journal

In lieu of taking in refugees, Abe opens up checkbook Japan Times

The heart of a city  ACCJ Journal

Kaori Sasaki: Online and Offline Global Connector ACCJ Journal

A Japanese 3.0 Renaissance Man for Global Good  ACCJ Journal/Japan Today

The Abe administration’s arrogance of power moment Japan Times/Huffington Post Worldwide

Turning Japan’s universities into genuine global players Japan Times

Branding Japan beyond Abe Japan Times

Land of the Rising Sister ACCJ Journal/Japan Today

The Bits and Bricks of Soft Diplomacy ACCJ Journal

A Test for Cool (and Nice) Japan: Press Relations Huffington Post

Shaking Hands with the World (Voices of Japan) ACCJ Journal

Global Powers of Persuasion (Voices of Japan) ACCJ Journal

Brand Japan, Brand Abe: A Clash of Narratives Japan Subculture Research Center

Telling Japan’s LGBT Story to the World: It’s Complicated Public Diplomacy Magazine

9 Ways Japan Can Better Tell Its Story to the World The Diplomat

Isis propaganda The Guardian

Abe Road Foreign Policy in Focus

Branding Japan Foreign Policy in Focus

Dr. Nancy Snow nation branding page EURObiZ

In presidential debates, lose the moderator  New York Times

Japan’s ‘brand’ as good as the people behind it Japan Times

Uncool Japan Metropolis

Holding up half the sky: let’s give Japanese women a hand Metropolis

Why I Turned Down Hustler Los Angeles Times