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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
September 18, 2023

Japan’s Top J-pop Agency Battles Fallout From Sex Abuse Scandal

By Thisanka Siripala
The country's most prestigious talent agency is in damage control amid growing public outrage over sexual abuse.

September 05, 2023

Japan Marks 100th Anniversary of the 1923 Kanto Massacre  

By Thisanka Siripala
Campaigners fight to keep the massacre of ethnic Koreans in the spotlight, despite the government's disinterest in interrogating the dark history.
September 01, 2023

Japan Battles Backlash After Releasing Wastewater From Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant 

By Thisanka Siripala
The release of treated but still radioactive wastewater into the Pacific Ocean has exacerbated tensions with neighboring countries.

August 09, 2023

Osaka 2025 World Expo Plagued by Rising Costs and Construction Delays 

By Thisanka Siripala
The Osaka World Expo is rushing to prevent an exodus of international participants as construction costs surge.  

July 28, 2023

Japan’s LGBTQ Community Battles Tradition and Ultraconservative Politics 

By Thisanka Siripala
Securing legal protections for sexual minorities is agonizingly slow in a country playing catch-up.

July 17, 2023

Japan Forges Closer Ties to NATO 

By Thisanka Siripala
Kishida champions the Free and Open Indo-Pacific message at the NATO summit.
July 03, 2023

Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant Edges Closer to Discharging Treated Wastewater Into Pacific

By Thisanka Siripala
The controversial release of treated wastewater from the wrecked Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant is moving forward despite opposition. 

June 29, 2023

Japan’s Victims of Forced Sterilizations Fight For State Compensation

By Thisanka Siripala
The government is taking a tough stance against compensating victims of the erstwhile Eugenic Protection Law.

June 20, 2023

Victims of J-pop Talent Agency Speak Out About Sexual Abuse  

By Thisanka Siripala
Japan has been rocked by allegations that the late J-pop music mogul Johnny Kitagawa was a serial sexual predator. 

May 30, 2023

Planned Fukushima Water Release Adds a New Wrinkle to Japan-South Korea Ties

By Thisanka Siripala
As Japan prepares to release treated water from the tsunami-crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant, it battles harsh criticism from South Korea.

May 04, 2023

Japan Toughens Refugee Deportation Protocol 

By Thisanka Siripala
Despite growing calls to improve human rights in Japanese detention facilities, the latest bill falls short of fundamental reform. 
April 18, 2023

Japan PM Escapes Election Bomb Attack 

By Thisanka Siripala
Less than a year after Abe’s murder, violence again erupted on the election campaign trail, raising concerns about how to protect public figures in Japan.

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