Sunday, 9 October 2016
Stay Put? Make a Move?
He is the founder and chief consultant with TMT Inc., which you can find at www.tem-aba.com.
He established TMT in Tokyo almost 40 years ago, in 1978.
He is the author of a number of books aimed at the business community, covering human resources, employment matter and the like.
And now there is his latest book, Stay Put? Make a Move, from Lake Waccabuc to Omotesando.
Thomas Nevins claims that the book came about because he took dictation from his blind dog.
And, from his prosaic and very touching description of his dog (who started to lose his sight from age three) one can only presume that he might, indeed, have received some sort of inspiration to pen this book from his dogged (no pun intended) canine companion.
The book weighs in at nearly 400 pages and it is a book that is both fun and yet also of serious intent.
There are hundreds of stories, little and some large snippets of pop culture and a stupendous range of facts, current and/or historical, of people, places and things.
Tom also uses the book as a way to gently and amusingly make a sort of a sales pitch for moving to Tokyo and enjoying life in this Japanese city.
Learn about love hotels (which have bigger baths than most other hotels, apparently) about the very strict drinking and driving laws in Japan, the man who kept two hissing monkeys as pets, and took them for walks, one on each shoulder.
He also relates his early life in America, which included petting the cows of one of America's wartime leaders and how he got sick from eating a tin of beef stew and related that he realised it was all his own fault.
It's a stunning work of social history filled with praise and criticism in almost equal measure.
It's published by Matador at a very reasonable £12.99 and will make an excellent Christmas present for the person in your life who loves facts and opinions. It is also available as an e-book.
You can learn more about Thomas Nevins by visiting www.thamasnevins.co.uk where you will also see a video trailer and picture tour of Tom's New York hometown and the area in which he lives in Tokyo.