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Thisanka Siripala

Thisanka Siripala

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.

Japan’s Forced Sterilization Victims Hit Back With a Wave of Lawsuits
May 25, 2018
Japan’s Forced Sterilization Victims Hit Back With a Wave of Lawsuits
The dark postwar population policy, modeled after Nazi Germany’s eugenics, resulted in systemic human rights abuses.
Japan’s Forced Sterilization Victims Hit Back With a Wave of Lawsuits
Another Week, Another Cronyism Scandal for Japan's Abe
May 18, 2018
Another Week, Another Cronyism Scandal for Japan's Abe
The controversy over a new veterinary school belonging to Abe’s old friend deepens as fresh evidence emerges.
Another Week, Another Cronyism Scandal for Japan's Abe
Japan’s US Air Base Safety Probe in Deadlock
May 11, 2018
Japan’s US Air Base Safety Probe in Deadlock
After a series of U.S helicopter safety mishaps, plans to inspect the U.S. marine base have been met with resistance.
Japan’s US Air Base Safety Probe in Deadlock
Japan’s Kobe Steel Faces Criminal Investigation
May 03, 2018
Japan’s Kobe Steel Faces Criminal Investigation
Quality control scandals in the manufacturing sector are undermining Japan’s reputation for quality and integrity.
Japan’s Kobe Steel Faces Criminal Investigation
Japan’s Finance Ministry Sexual Harassment Scandal Sparks National Wake Up Call
April 27, 2018
Japan’s Finance Ministry Sexual Harassment Scandal Sparks National Wake Up Call
While the government wraps its head around sexual misconduct embroiling a finance official, social unrest deepens.
Japan’s Finance Ministry Sexual Harassment Scandal Sparks National Wake Up Call
Is This the End for Shinzo Abe?
April 13, 2018
Is This the End for Shinzo Abe?
Widespread political mistrust deepens after new evidence of malpractice in the Moritomo Gakuen land sale scandal.
Is This the End for Shinzo Abe?
Japan Shrugs at Plan for North Korea to Attend 2020 Tokyo Olympics
April 06, 2018
Japan Shrugs at Plan for North Korea to Attend 2020 Tokyo Olympics
Despite thawing tensions, Japan remains reluctant to forge ties with North Korea.
Japan Shrugs at Plan for North Korea to Attend 2020 Tokyo Olympics
Fukushima Farms Face an Uphill Battle Building Overseas Market Share
March 29, 2018
Fukushima Farms Face an Uphill Battle Building Overseas Market Share
Lingering safety concerns remain a hurdle to restoring the agriculture sector.
Fukushima Farms Face an Uphill Battle Building Overseas Market Share
Japan Sees Hope for US Metal Duty Exemptions
March 22, 2018
Japan Sees Hope for US Metal Duty Exemptions
On the eve of Trump’s higher steel and aluminium tariffs, Japan’s Trade Minister is pushing grounds for exemptions.
Japan Sees Hope for US Metal Duty Exemptions
Will Mounting Pressure to Sack Finance Minister Aso Spell the End for PM Abe?
March 15, 2018
Will Mounting Pressure to Sack Finance Minister Aso Spell the End for PM Abe?
Aso’s political career hangs by a thread after admitting the ministry tampered with a report on the Moritomo Gakuen scandal.
Will Mounting Pressure to Sack Finance Minister Aso Spell the End for PM Abe?
Japan’s Unemployment Rate Drops to Uncharted Territory
March 09, 2018
Japan’s Unemployment Rate Drops to Uncharted Territory
Japan’s jobless rate for January improved by 0.3 percent, squeezing the labor force to maximum participation.
Japan’s Unemployment Rate Drops to Uncharted Territory
Abe Scraps Controversial Labor Reform Bill for Redraft
March 02, 2018
Abe Scraps Controversial Labor Reform Bill for Redraft
Errors in a 2013 overtime survey sparked public outcry against Abe’s push for amendments to the Labor Standards Act.
Abe Scraps Controversial Labor Reform Bill for Redraft
Coincheck Cybertheft Sparks Japan Cryptocurrency Overhaul
February 21, 2018
Coincheck Cybertheft Sparks Japan Cryptocurrency Overhaul
The theft of $540 million in NEM coins has Japan rushing to implement oversight of the cryptocurrency industry.
Coincheck Cybertheft Sparks Japan Cryptocurrency Overhaul
Japan’s Refugee Applications Exceed 10,000 for the Second Year Running
February 16, 2018
Japan’s Refugee Applications Exceed 10,000 for the Second Year Running
As asylum seeker applications in Japan skyrocket, the government is tightening its notoriously tough refugee policy.
Japan’s Refugee Applications Exceed 10,000 for the Second Year Running
Dokdo or Takeshima? Japan and South Korea Reopen Territorial Row Ahead of Olympic Games
February 07, 2018
Dokdo or Takeshima? Japan and South Korea Reopen Territorial Row Ahead of Olympic Games
Japan lodges protest over Inter-Korean Winter Olympic Unification Flag.
Dokdo or Takeshima? Japan and South Korea Reopen Territorial Row Ahead of Olympic Games
Japan's Prime Minister Seeks 'Broad-Based Agreement' on Constitutional Revision
January 31, 2018
Japan's Prime Minister Seeks 'Broad-Based Agreement' on Constitutional Revision
Abe makes a fresh attempt to reform Japan's pacifist constitution.
Japan's Prime Minister Seeks 'Broad-Based Agreement' on Constitutional Revision
Japan, Australia Step Up Defense Cooperation
January 23, 2018
Japan, Australia Step Up Defense Cooperation
The two countries share similar regional visions on security and trade issues.
Japan, Australia Step Up Defense Cooperation
What Was Japan's Prime Minister Doing in Eastern Europe?
January 18, 2018
What Was Japan's Prime Minister Doing in Eastern Europe?
Shinzo Abe strengthens diplomatic and business ties with Baltic and Eastern European nations.
What Was Japan's Prime Minister Doing in Eastern Europe?
Japan Unimpressed by Inter-Korean Talks
January 12, 2018
Japan Unimpressed by Inter-Korean Talks
Despite signs of a thaw in inter-Korea relations, Japan's Abe continues to stress the need for national defense.
Japan Unimpressed by Inter-Korean Talks
Japan’s Births and Marriages Spiral to Record Low
January 04, 2018
Japan’s Births and Marriages Spiral to Record Low
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has pledged to address the issue of an aging society, but the data is not encouraging.
Japan’s Births and Marriages Spiral to Record Low
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