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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.

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
Japanese Emperor Akihito Delivers Final Official War Memorial Speech
August 18, 2018
Japanese Emperor Akihito Delivers Final Official War Memorial Speech
Emperor Akihito, known for his emphasis on reconciliation and peace, gave his last speech at Japan’s annual ceremony for WWII dead.
Japanese Emperor Akihito Delivers Final Official War Memorial Speech
Tokyo Medical University Admits To Capping Female Admissions
August 11, 2018
Tokyo Medical University Admits To Capping Female Admissions
An internal probe reveals rampant score rigging on medical entrance exams to restrain the number of female doctors.
Tokyo Medical University Admits To Capping Female Admissions
Japan’s Upper House Electoral Reform Sparks Democracy Debate
August 04, 2018
Japan’s Upper House Electoral Reform Sparks Democracy Debate
The latest electoral reforms are criticized for serving vested party interests.
Japan’s Upper House Electoral Reform Sparks Democracy Debate
After 5-Year-Old's Death, Japan to Boost Child Abuse Prevention Measures
July 25, 2018
After 5-Year-Old's Death, Japan to Boost Child Abuse Prevention Measures
A surge in the number of child abuse cases has exposed a series of systematic failures from child welfare agencies.
After 5-Year-Old's Death, Japan to Boost Child Abuse Prevention Measures
Japan Flood Recovery Efforts Hampered by Heat Wave
July 18, 2018
Japan Flood Recovery Efforts Hampered by Heat Wave
While dealing with the aftermath of Japan’s worst flood disaster, residents are now suffering from potentially deadly heat.
Japan Flood Recovery Efforts Hampered by Heat Wave
Torrential Rain Devastates West Japan With Mounting Death Toll
July 10, 2018
Torrential Rain Devastates West Japan With Mounting Death Toll
Recovery operations are underway after Japan’s worst rain disaster left a trail of unprecedented destruction.
Torrential Rain Devastates West Japan With Mounting Death Toll
Japanese Universities Make Efforts to Be More LGBT Friendly
July 06, 2018
Japanese Universities Make Efforts to Be More LGBT Friendly
Schools in Japan are taking steps to support equal access to education for LGBT students.
Japanese Universities Make Efforts to Be More LGBT Friendly
Japan's World Cup Roller Coaster
July 02, 2018
Japan's World Cup Roller Coaster
Japan squeezed through into the World Cup's final 16 thanks to FIFA's "fair play" rules.
Japan's World Cup Roller Coaster
Can Japan Host a Smoke-Free Olympics?
June 23, 2018
Can Japan Host a Smoke-Free Olympics?
After a fiery political standoff, Japan passes an anti-smoking bill, part of a renewed push ahead of the 2020 Games.
Can Japan Host a Smoke-Free Olympics?
Is Abe Cornered by Trump’s Expanding Trade Tariffs?
June 18, 2018
Is Abe Cornered by Trump’s Expanding Trade Tariffs?
U.S. protectionism has sparked tensions with some of its closest Western allies. Japan remains caught in the middle.
Is Abe Cornered by Trump’s Expanding Trade Tariffs?
Japan Open Doors for More Foreign Workers
June 09, 2018
Japan Open Doors for More Foreign Workers
Abe has proposed concrete measures to deepen the labor pool of low-skilled foreign workers in a drastic shift in policy.
Japan Open Doors for More Foreign Workers
Japan's Robot Revolution in Senior Care
June 01, 2018
Japan's Robot Revolution in Senior Care
Being cared for by robots is becoming the method of choice among elderly residents.
Japan's Robot Revolution in Senior Care
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