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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
January 19, 2021

Japan’s Struggling Single Mothers Expose the Flaws of Womenomics

By Thisanka Siripala
As the pandemic exacerbates poverty rates among single mothers, the shortcomings of womenomics reforms are on full display.

January 14, 2021

Japan’s Olympic Dreams Remain Hostage to COVID-19 Uncertainty

By Thisanka Siripala
Japan’s hopes for the postponed Tokyo Olympics are shrouded in doubt as the coronavirus outbreak in the country heads for a worst case scenario.
January 02, 2021

Japan Faces Its Worst COVID-19 Outbreak Yet

By Thisanka Siripala
Record breaking infections in Tokyo have sparked a sense of impending crisis in the capital’s battle against the coronavirus.

December 31, 2020

Japan’s New Gender Equality Policy Takes a Step Back

By Thisanka Siripala
Japan’s law requiring married couples to use the same surname has come under the spotlight as a significant obstacle to women’s empowerment.

December 23, 2020

Japanese Companies Fall Victim To Unprecedented Wave of Cyber Attacks 

By Thisanka Siripala
The growing invasion of cyberspace from hackers has left Japanese companies scrambling to strengthen cyber security efforts.

December 05, 2020

Japan’s COVID-19 Spike Raises Alarm for Elderly and At-Risk Groups 

By Thisanka Siripala
The controversial “Go To” domestic tourism subsidy has come under the microscope for possibly facilitating the nation’s explosion of coronavirus cases.
November 17, 2020

How Will Japan Reach Its Landmark Zero-Carbon Goal?

By Thisanka Siripala
Decarbonization usually means boosting renewable energy, but Japan is also looking to push nuclear energy.

October 06, 2020

Will the Suga Administration Step Up Japan’s Climate Change Leadership?

By Thisanka Siripala
Without specific decarbonization measures, Japan’s commitment to a post-COVID green recovery remains unclear under the Suga administration.

October 01, 2020

Tokyo Olympic Games Will Go Ahead in 2021

By Thisanka Siripala
The International Olympic Committee has ruled out postponing the Tokyo Games for a second time.

September 25, 2020

Can Japan’s New Suga Administration Steer the Battered Economy Toward Growth?

By Thisanka Siripala
All eyes are on the Suga administration’s policy agenda after committing to advancing his predecessor’s Abenomics growth strategy.

September 18, 2020

Japan’s Defense Ministry Launches Protocol for UFO Sightings

By Thisanka Siripala
Japan’s Self Defense Force has received instruction on steps to take should a UFO be identified. 
September 15, 2020

Japan Struggles to Secure Radioactive Nuclear Waste Dump Sites

By Thisanka Siripala
A small, aging town grapples with the financial lure of storing radioactive waste underground. 

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