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Thisanka Siripala

Thisanka Siripala

Thisanka Siripala is an Australian-Sri Lankan cross platform journalist living in Tokyo.

Thisanka Siripala is an Australian-Sri Lankan cross platform journalist living in Tokyo. She specializes in Asia-Pacific news and current affairs while predominantly covering Japan and North Asia-related politics, business, and socio-economic shifts. She is an honors graduate from The University of Melbourne with a degree in International Relations, Media Studies, and Japanese language.

Posts by Thisanka Siripala
April 03, 2020

Japan’s Nightlife Begins to Fizzle Amid Coronavirus Economic Fallout 

By Thisanka Siripala
As stay-at-home advisories gain traction and customer numbers dwindle, music venues, bars, and clubs say they face bankruptcy without subsidies.

March 27, 2020

Can Japan Curb a Coronavirus Outbreak?

By Thisanka Siripala
The government's guidelines for reopening schools are met with mixed feelings as Tokyo residents prepare for a soft lockdown this weekend.
March 21, 2020

Japan Mulling Additional Coronavirus Economic Rescue Measures

By Thisanka Siripala
A third leg of incentives are being formulated to ease the economic fallout of the pandemic on Japan’s deteriorating economy.

March 13, 2020

Japan’s 3/11 Recovery Stalled by Fukushima Decommissioning Delays

By Thisanka Siripala
Delays in dismantling the disaster-stricken nuclear power complex cast doubt on whether recovery goals will move forward according to schedule.

March 04, 2020

Japan’s Space Dream? Cleaning Up the Mess.

By Thisanka Siripala
Japan aims to pioneer the niche market of clearing out space debris.

February 13, 2020

Will Japan’s Economy Buckle Under the Coronavirus Outbreak?

By Thisanka Siripala
Japanese companies are bracing for a slowdown in supply chains and sales.
February 11, 2020

Can Japan Kickstart Paternity Leave Among Workaholic Fathers?

By Thisanka Siripala
Public support is growing to make parental leave compulsory for fathers. But will that encourage a more equal sharing of the childcare burden?

February 07, 2020

Tokyo’s Homeless Pressured to Disappear Ahead of Olympics

By Thisanka Siripala
With six months until the Olympics, authorities are being accused of sweeping homelessness and domestic poverty under the rug.

February 01, 2020

Could Japan Call off the Tokyo Olympics Following the Coronavirus Outbreak?

By Thisanka Siripala
As China struggles to contain the coronavirus, there are looming fears the virus could threaten the 2020 Olympics and Paralympics in Japan.

January 13, 2020

Japan to the Rescue: Can Abe Defuse Tensions in the Middle East?

By Thisanka Siripala
Acrimonious Iran-U.S relations haven’t deterred Prime Minister Abe, who is on a scheduled tour of the Middle East under the banner of “peace diplomacy.” 

January 09, 2020

Japan on the Offensive Following Ghosn’s Escape to Lebanon

By Thisanka Siripala
As more details emerge of Ghosn’s daring flight to Lebanon to avoid trial, police are ramping up investigations around those close to the former Nissan chief.
January 07, 2020

New Year, Same Fight: Japan’s PM Pledges Constitutional Revision and Social Security Reforms

By Thisanka Siripala
In response to Japan’s super aging society, Prime Minister Abe vows to tackle Japan's biggest challenge: major social security reform.

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