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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
June 29, 2020

Tokyo’s Coronavirus Spike Points Finger at Controversial Alert System

By Thisanka Siripala
As infections surge, Tokyo’s alert system and the challenges of living with COVID-19 come under the spotlight.

June 22, 2020

Japanese Politics Rocked by Arrests Over Voter Bribery Scandal

By Thisanka Siripala
A mammoth voter buying scandal involving a former ruling LDP cabinet minister poses a challenge for the Abe administration.
June 16, 2020

Japan’s Campaign to Revive Virus-Hit Tourism Sector Postponed Amid Cost Controversy

By Thisanka Siripala
A newly devised tourism recovery campaign gets bogged down in a debate over transparency and inflated costs.

June 08, 2020

Japan Holds Anti-Racism Rally, Protesting Homegrown Police Brutality in Solidarity With Black Lives Matter

By Thisanka Siripala
Excessive force and unjust questioning against minorities are some of the issues raised by protesters in Tokyo.

May 27, 2020

Japan Ends Coronavirus State of Emergency, Aims to Gradually Reopen the Economy 

By Thisanka Siripala
The government declares success against the coronavirus and moves to incrementally resume economic activity.

May 25, 2020

Abe’s Popularity Plummets Amid Latest Controversy

By Thisanka Siripala
Abe’s approval ratings fell to a two-year low as online protests derailed the passage of a bill delaying the retirement age of prosecutors.
May 15, 2020

Japan Approves a Partial Cancellation of National Emergency Ahead of Expiration Date

By Thisanka Siripala
The government shifts its coronavirus response toward cluster tracing and long-term lifestyle changes.

May 08, 2020

Japan Navigates an Extended National Emergency

By Thisanka Siripala
New social guidelines detail public health manners aimed at easing pressure on hospitals in the COVID-19 era.

May 02, 2020

Japan’s Jobless Rate Spikes as Companies Clamor for Assistance

By Thisanka Siripala
Confusion, controversy, and red tape have critics warning that government assistance will arrive too late to keep businesses from going under.

April 27, 2020

Japan’s Surge in COVID-19 Infections Threatens To Derail Healthcare System

By Thisanka Siripala
Overstretched emergency rooms struggle to treat a growing number of coronavirus inpatients.

April 21, 2020

Japan Domestic Violence Fears Rise Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

By Thisanka Siripala
As stay-at-home appeals start to take effect in Japan, alarms have been raised over a growing worldwide trend in domestic abuse cases.
April 14, 2020

Will Japan’s State of Emergency Kickstart a Telework Tech Culture?

By Thisanka Siripala
Despite a state of emergency declared in parts of Japan, businesses have been slow to expand a work culture away from the office.

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