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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
October 12, 2021

Tokyo’s Recent Earthquake Is a Wake-up Call for Disaster Prevention

By Thisanka Siripala
A strong earthquake in Tokyo last week put the city’s preparedness for a dreaded megaquake under the spotlight.

October 06, 2021

Japan PM Kishida’s New Ministry and the Legacy of Abenomics 

By Thisanka Siripala
While Kishida retains many of his predecessor's economic policies, his mission to reduce income disparities represents a fresh take on economic security.
October 01, 2021

Is Japan’s New LDP Leader a Victory for the Party Establishment or a Risk?

By Thisanka Siripala
Kishida Fumio won the ruling party’s leadership election to become Japan’s next prime minister despite widespread public support for runner up Kono Taro.

July 23, 2021

Tokyo Olympics Opening Ceremony: The Attendees and the No-Shows

By Thisanka Siripala
Japan’s spectatorless Opening Ceremony welcomes world leaders and sponsors amid a COVID-19 state of emergency.

July 20, 2021

Is Japan’s Olympic Bubble About to Burst?

By Thisanka Siripala
Gaping holes in the Tokyo Olympics bubble could derail the safety of athletes in the village and entire competitions. 

July 19, 2021

Will Japan’s Rapid COVID-19 Rebound Set Back the Tokyo Olympics?

By Thisanka Siripala
The COVID-19 outlook for Tokyo ahead of the Olympics looks bleak, with the infection rate expected to rise.
July 08, 2021

Japan’s Same Surname Law for Married Couples Is in the Hands of the Diet

By Thisanka Siripala
Efforts to annul outdated marriage provisions through the courts have failed. Can the legislature overcome the deeply entrenched political gap hindering reform?

June 23, 2021

Japan Welcomes Domestic Spectators for Tokyo Olympics Despite Warnings From Experts

By Thisanka Siripala
While restaurants and bars in Tokyo face COVID-19 restrictions, local fans will be allowed at Olympic venues, fanning fears of a coronavirus rebound.  

June 16, 2021

Japanese Corporations Get VIP COVID-19 Vaccine Treatment Ahead of Immunity Passports

By Thisanka Siripala
Despite a lagging vaccination rollout, Japan has set its sights on issuing vaccine passports and ensuring corporations get priority jabs.

June 11, 2021

Japan’s COVID-19 Vaccine Campaign Is Quietly Picking Up Steam

By Thisanka Siripala
Vaccinations for the elderly are in full swing, but the current pace means Japan won’t see a return to normal life until the end of the year.

June 03, 2021

Will the Tokyo Olympics Go Ahead?

By Thisanka Siripala
Public opinion has hardened against the Tokyo Olympics as Japan struggles to curb the latest outbreak of COVID-19 in time for the tournament.
May 13, 2021

Japan Set to Accelerate COVID-19 Vaccine Program For Elderly

By Thisanka Siripala
Japan will step up efforts to complete the vaccination of its elderly population by the end of July.

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