C. W. Nicol

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Sir Clive William Nicol, MBE (Japanese: C・W・ニコル; 17 July 1940 – 3 April 2020) was a British-born Japanese writer.[1] He was born in Neath, Wales. In 1958 he visited the Arctic Circle to research eider duck. He spent 1967 to 1969 as a game warden in Ethiopia, setting up the new Semien Mountains National Park. He returned to Japan, writing a book about his Ethiopian experiences: From the Roof of Africa (1971).

He became a Japanese citizen, which he wrote about in Boku ga Nihonjin ni natta riyū ("Why I became Japanese").

He wrote both fiction and non-fiction books, in both Japanese and in English. His subjects included whaling (for which he went on a trip on a whaling vessel), the environment, martial arts and children's fiction.

He was diagnosed with cancer in 2016, and died on 3 April 2020 in Nagano, Japan, aged 79.[2]

References[change | change source]

  1. "An Interview with C W Nicol". Archived from the original on 8 January 2015. Retrieved 23 September 2011.
  2. Andrew Kershaw (4 April 2020). "C.W. Nicol, a committed environmentalist with deep humanity". Japan Times.