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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.

Is Japan Closer to Recognizing Indigenous Ainu Rights?
February 13, 2019
Is Japan Closer to Recognizing Indigenous Ainu Rights?
After more than a century of forced assimilation, the Ainu are set to be recognized as Indigenous for the first time.
Is Japan Closer to Recognizing Indigenous Ainu Rights?
Japan’s Supreme Court Upholds Surgery as Necessary Step for Official Gender Change
February 05, 2019
Japan’s Supreme Court Upholds Surgery as Necessary Step for Official Gender Change
A law forcing transgender people to remove their reproductive organs before registering a gender change comes under fire. 
Japan’s Supreme Court Upholds Surgery as Necessary Step for Official Gender Change
Japan Sees Surge of Foreign Love Scams
January 29, 2019
Japan Sees Surge of Foreign Love Scams
Japanese authorities are warning of the latest risks with a spike in catfishing fraud.
Japan Sees Surge of Foreign Love Scams
Does Ex-Nissan Chief Carlos Ghosn’s Detainment in Japan Point to Human Rights Abuse?  
January 18, 2019
Does Ex-Nissan Chief Carlos Ghosn’s Detainment in Japan Point to Human Rights Abuse?  
Ghosn’s lengthy detention has been scrutinized by Western media as “hostage justice.” How radical is his treatment in prison?
Does Ex-Nissan Chief Carlos Ghosn’s Detainment in Japan Point to Human Rights Abuse?  
Japan Olympic Committee Chief Faces Criminal Corruption Investigation
January 15, 2019
Japan Olympic Committee Chief Faces Criminal Corruption Investigation
Tokyo’s successful bid for the 2020 Summer Olympics has been marred by a corruption scandal.
Japan Olympic Committee Chief Faces Criminal Corruption Investigation
Japan Slams China for Unauthorized Research Around Okinotori Island
January 08, 2019
Japan Slams China for Unauthorized Research Around Okinotori Island
Japan’s exclusive economic zone around the remote island is being challenged by China again.
Japan Slams China for Unauthorized Research Around Okinotori Island
Japan Ranks Worst Among G7 on Gender Gap Index
December 31, 2018
Japan Ranks Worst Among G7 on Gender Gap Index
Japan made small improvements in the World Economic Forum’s gender equality ranking but remains alarmingly behind.
Japan Ranks Worst Among G7 on Gender Gap Index
Japan’s Defense Budget Swells to Counter China’s Growing Military Threat
December 26, 2018
Japan’s Defense Budget Swells to Counter China’s Growing Military Threat
The Abe administration has given its national defense policy a new makeover sparking controversy over efforts to rush militarization.
Japan’s Defense Budget Swells to Counter China’s Growing Military Threat
Japan Looks to India’s Growing Tech Talent Pool
December 17, 2018
Japan Looks to India’s Growing Tech Talent Pool
With competition to recruit IT engineers intensifying, Japan is extending its talent search to emerging economies like India.
Japan Looks to India’s Growing Tech Talent Pool
Japan’s Crackdown On Drunk Pilots Uncovers Rampant Alcohol-Related Misconduct
December 12, 2018
Japan’s Crackdown On Drunk Pilots Uncovers Rampant Alcohol-Related Misconduct
A series of highly publicized pilot drinking scandals sparked a government review of lax internal alcohol testing.
Japan’s Crackdown On Drunk Pilots Uncovers Rampant Alcohol-Related Misconduct
Taiwan Votes to Maintain Import Ban on Fukushima Food Imports
December 03, 2018
Taiwan Votes to Maintain Import Ban on Fukushima Food Imports
While Fukushima suffered a blow, trade ties between Japan and Taiwan avoided any major impact.
Taiwan Votes to Maintain Import Ban on Fukushima Food Imports
Fall From Grace: Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn Faces Financial Misconduct Charges in Japan
November 23, 2018
Fall From Grace: Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn Faces Financial Misconduct Charges in Japan
The CEO superstar responsible for turning Nissan’s fortunes around was arrested for under-reporting income.
Fall From Grace: Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn Faces Financial Misconduct Charges in Japan
Japan’s Forced Sterilization Victims Make Gains Toward Compensation and an Official Apology
November 11, 2018
Japan’s Forced Sterilization Victims Make Gains Toward Compensation and an Official Apology
A working group of parliamentarians devised a policy outline for compensating victims, but hurdles remain in the quest for justice.
Japan’s Forced Sterilization Victims Make Gains Toward Compensation and an Official Apology
Okinawa’s New Governor Faces First Test: Renewed US Military Base Construction
November 06, 2018
Okinawa’s New Governor Faces First Test: Renewed US Military Base Construction
Okinawa Governor Denny Tamaki’s honeymoon period ended abruptly as the central government restarted work on a new U.S. base.
Okinawa’s New Governor Faces First Test: Renewed US Military Base Construction
Ex-TEPCO Executive Downplays Role in Fukushima Nuclear Meltdown
October 31, 2018
Ex-TEPCO Executive Downplays Role in Fukushima Nuclear Meltdown
Three TEPCO leaders are on trial for allegedly delaying tsunami preparation measures.
Ex-TEPCO Executive Downplays Role in Fukushima Nuclear Meltdown
Tokyo 2020 Olympics Cost Blowout Chips Away at Public Trust
October 22, 2018
Tokyo 2020 Olympics Cost Blowout Chips Away at Public Trust
Japan struggles to contain Olympic expenses, while leaving taxpayers in the dark on the full picture.
Tokyo 2020 Olympics Cost Blowout Chips Away at Public Trust
Japan’s Famed Tsukiji Fish Market Celebrates New Location
October 15, 2018
Japan’s Famed Tsukiji Fish Market Celebrates New Location
After a two year political saga, the relocation of Tokyo’s Tsukiji fish market is finally complete.
Japan’s Famed Tsukiji Fish Market Celebrates New Location
Japan’s New Okinawa Governor Sets Tough Anti-US Military Agenda
October 07, 2018
Japan’s New Okinawa Governor Sets Tough Anti-US Military Agenda
Denny Tamaki’s opposition to the U.S. military presence in Okinawa adds a new chapter to the Futenma relocation dispute. 
Japan’s New Okinawa Governor Sets Tough Anti-US Military Agenda
Japan Holds Off US Auto Tariffs. But at What Cost to Farmers?
September 29, 2018
Japan Holds Off US Auto Tariffs. But at What Cost to Farmers?
In an effort to spare Japan’s auto industry from U.S. tariffs, Abe launched bilateral trade negotiations with Trump in New York.
Japan Holds Off US Auto Tariffs. But at What Cost to Farmers?
After the Presidential Election, What Next for Abe and the LDP?
September 23, 2018
After the Presidential Election, What Next for Abe and the LDP?
After a sweeping victory against a rival LDP member, Abe secures a new 3 year term as party leader -- and prime minister.
After the Presidential Election, What Next for Abe and the LDP?
Japan Loses Bid to Reinstate Commercial Whaling
September 15, 2018
Japan Loses Bid to Reinstate Commercial Whaling
After a week of heated debate, Japan’s proposal to legalize whaling has been rejected by the International Whaling Commission.
Japan Loses Bid to Reinstate Commercial Whaling
Japan’s Latest Deadly Earthquake Buries Scores Alive
September 08, 2018
Japan’s Latest Deadly Earthquake Buries Scores Alive
Just days after “National Disaster Prevention Day,” a powerful earthquake jolted Japan’s northern island of Hokkaido.
Japan’s Latest Deadly Earthquake Buries Scores Alive
Japan Heads for the Moon
September 01, 2018
Japan Heads for the Moon
The government and local startups are racing to get the first Japanese technology to the moon.
Japan Heads for the Moon
Japan’s Government Investigated for Cheating Disability Hiring Quotas
August 25, 2018
Japan’s Government Investigated for Cheating Disability Hiring Quotas
The government is under fire for fudging the number of disabled employees while calling on companies to hire more people with disabilities. 
Japan’s Government Investigated for Cheating Disability Hiring Quotas
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