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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.

Japanese Students Call out Universities Over Lagging Attitudes Toward Sex Crimes
August 22, 2019
Japanese Students Call out Universities Over Lagging Attitudes Toward Sex Crimes
Students ramp up pressure on universities to address sexual violence during job hunting.
Japanese Students Call out Universities Over Lagging Attitudes Toward Sex Crimes
Japan Braces for Unprecedented Olympic Gridlock
August 14, 2019
Japan Braces for Unprecedented Olympic Gridlock
Ahead of the 2020 Olympics, Tokyo’s overcrowded transportation networks pose a looming logistical nightmare.
Japan Braces for Unprecedented Olympic Gridlock
Japan’s Upper House Election Results: A Win for Diversity?
August 06, 2019
Japan’s Upper House Election Results: A Win for Diversity?
Despite a record number of female and handicapped candidates winning seats, hurdles remain.
Japan’s Upper House Election Results: A Win for Diversity?
Japan-Korea ‘Trade War’ Starts to Bite
July 29, 2019
Japan-Korea ‘Trade War’ Starts to Bite
Escalating Japan-South Korea tensions, including a boycott movement, begin to hit the pockets of major Japanese brands.
Japan-Korea ‘Trade War’ Starts to Bite
Japan Mourns Victims of Deadly Kyoto Animation Arson Attack
July 23, 2019
Japan Mourns Victims of Deadly Kyoto Animation Arson Attack
In the aftermath of Japan’s worst mass killing, tributes pour in from over the world.
Japan Mourns Victims of Deadly Kyoto Animation Arson Attack
Landmark Court Ruling Grants Compensation for Families of Japan’s Former Leprosy Sufferers
July 19, 2019
Landmark Court Ruling Grants Compensation for Families of Japan’s Former Leprosy Sufferers
Families hail ruling as a win in the fight against discrimination 20 years after the government abolished the leprosy segregation policy.
Landmark Court Ruling Grants Compensation for Families of Japan’s Former Leprosy Sufferers
Japan’s Rainy Season Raises Fresh Weather Warnings for Torrential Rains
July 15, 2019
Japan’s Rainy Season Raises Fresh Weather Warnings for Torrential Rains
As survivors and bereaved families remember the victims of last year’s floods, residents prepare for another potentially deadly rainy season.
Japan’s Rainy Season Raises Fresh Weather Warnings for Torrential Rains
Japan’s G20 Summit Fails at Repairing Japan-Korea relations
July 09, 2019
Japan’s G20 Summit Fails at Repairing Japan-Korea relations
Tensions between Tokyo and Seoul show no signs of easing, with a political trade war escalating over historic grievances.
Japan’s G20 Summit Fails at Repairing Japan-Korea relations
Report: Japan’s Public Pension Fund Not Enough to Cover Post-Retirement Needs
June 27, 2019
Report: Japan’s Public Pension Fund Not Enough to Cover Post-Retirement Needs
The government rejected the report's findings, but the public is up in arms over the pension scare.
Report: Japan’s Public Pension Fund Not Enough to Cover Post-Retirement Needs
Japanese Women Campaign Against Mandatory High Heels
June 24, 2019
Japanese Women Campaign Against Mandatory High Heels
A controversy surrounding women being forced to wear high heels at work has exploded into a new #KuToo protest movement.
Japanese Women Campaign Against Mandatory High Heels
Japan’s Police Struggle to Curb a Sharp Increase in Cannabis Use 
June 11, 2019
Japan’s Police Struggle to Curb a Sharp Increase in Cannabis Use 
Despite harsh laws, celebrities embroiled in high-profile marijuana convictions highlight a new generation of social acceptance.
Japan’s Police Struggle to Curb a Sharp Increase in Cannabis Use 
Is Human Trafficking in Japan Coming to an End?
June 08, 2019
Is Human Trafficking in Japan Coming to an End?
Pressure from the international community prompts a look at Japan’s prevention and eradication measures.
Is Human Trafficking in Japan Coming to an End?
Violent Stabbing Spree Near Tokyo Targets Elementary School Girls, Wounding Scores
May 31, 2019
Violent Stabbing Spree Near Tokyo Targets Elementary School Girls, Wounding Scores
A mass stabbing at a bus stop in west Tokyo leaves Japan reeling.
Violent Stabbing Spree Near Tokyo Targets Elementary School Girls, Wounding Scores
High-Profile Pedestrian Fatalities Point Finger at Japan’s Aging Drivers
May 29, 2019
High-Profile Pedestrian Fatalities Point Finger at Japan’s Aging Drivers
A series of deadly car mishaps across Japan aims a spotlight at elderly drivers and inconsistent road safety policies.
High-Profile Pedestrian Fatalities Point Finger at Japan’s Aging Drivers
Japan’s Once Powerful Criminal Underworld Hits Record Low Membership
May 16, 2019
Japan’s Once Powerful Criminal Underworld Hits Record Low Membership
Hit hard by police crackdowns and aging, the number of people leaving Japan’s yakuza has reached a 15-year high.
Japan’s Once Powerful Criminal Underworld Hits Record Low Membership
The Rise of Japan’s New Emperor Sparks Debate on Male-Only Succession
May 08, 2019
The Rise of Japan’s New Emperor Sparks Debate on Male-Only Succession
As Japan celebrates a new Emperor and imperial era, the male-only succession rule underscores the monarchy’s struggle to survive.
The Rise of Japan’s New Emperor Sparks Debate on Male-Only Succession
Japan’s Secretive Death Penalty Poised to Take a Back Seat During Olympic Spotlight
May 06, 2019
Japan’s Secretive Death Penalty Poised to Take a Back Seat During Olympic Spotlight
With a new imperial year and the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, death row inmates are likely to be spared in the coming two years.
Japan’s Secretive Death Penalty Poised to Take a Back Seat During Olympic Spotlight
Protesters in Japan Rally After Accused Rapist Found Innocent by Criminal Court
April 25, 2019
Protesters in Japan Rally After Accused Rapist Found Innocent by Criminal Court
Protesters blame Japan’s penal code after a court acquits a father of raping his daughter based on the victim’s lack of physical resistance.
Protesters in Japan Rally After Accused Rapist Found Innocent by Criminal Court
Japan’s New Imperial Era: What’s in a Name?
April 18, 2019
Japan’s New Imperial Era: What’s in a Name?
After the highly anticipated new imperial era was unveiled, its carefully considered name – Reiwa – has attracted criticism.
Japan’s New Imperial Era: What’s in a Name?
Japan’s Domestic Violence Cases Reach All-Time High
April 15, 2019
Japan’s Domestic Violence Cases Reach All-Time High
After years of community pressure to raise awareness, abuse victims are speaking out in record numbers.
Japan’s Domestic Violence Cases Reach All-Time High
Ex-Nissan CEO Ghosn Detained Again on Fresh Breach of Trust Allegations
April 06, 2019
Ex-Nissan CEO Ghosn Detained Again on Fresh Breach of Trust Allegations
In an unprecedented turn of events, Carlos Ghosn has been rearrested less than a month after being released on bail in Tokyo.
Ex-Nissan CEO Ghosn Detained Again on Fresh Breach of Trust Allegations
Japan’s Olympic Committee Chief Retires Amid Corruption Probe
March 25, 2019
Japan’s Olympic Committee Chief Retires Amid Corruption Probe
The scandal-hit JOC chief will step down - despite denying any wrongdoing - after growing pressure to resign.
Japan’s Olympic Committee Chief Retires Amid Corruption Probe
Could Japan’s Shinzo Abe Retain Power for a Fourth Term?
March 20, 2019
Could Japan’s Shinzo Abe Retain Power for a Fourth Term?
Without a clear leader to succeed Abe, his devout followers in the LDP hint at extending his time in office. 
Could Japan’s Shinzo Abe Retain Power for a Fourth Term?
Ex-Nissan CEO Ghosn Granted Bail Under Strict Conditions
March 08, 2019
Ex-Nissan CEO Ghosn Granted Bail Under Strict Conditions
After 108 days of detention, ousted Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn’s dramatic, disguised exit has taken the media spotlight.
Ex-Nissan CEO Ghosn Granted Bail Under Strict Conditions
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