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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, 2023

Surviving Old Age Is Getting Harder in Japan

By Thisanka Siripala
Seniors living in poverty or working to supplement their income are on the rise as Japan’s public pension system cracks under a super aging society. 

January 12, 2023

Japan’s Winter Energy Crunch Marks Return to Nuclear Power 

By Thisanka Siripala
The country’s worsening energy supply shortage is seeing nuclear power play a greater role in its energy mix. 
November 07, 2022

Japan’s Ruling Government in Crisis Over Unification Church Scandals

By Thisanka Siripala
Japan’s governing party is struggling to quell public suspicion over party members’ ties with the controversial Unification Church.

October 18, 2022

Japan and Russia Lock Horns Over Diplomats, Sanctions, and Rockets

By Thisanka Siripala
Relations between the two nations have reached their lowest point amid further unprecedented Japanese sanctions against Russia.

September 28, 2022

Abe Shinzo and the North Korean Abduction Issue

By Thisanka Siripala
The former prime minister’s all-or-nothing approach may have stymied progress on the unresolved North Korean abductions of Japanese nationals.

September 16, 2022

Japan, US Discuss Longer Range Missiles to Counter China

By Thisanka Siripala
At a defense ministers’ meeting, Japan gets U.S. support to bolster its defenses with “counter strike capabilities.”
September 15, 2022

Japan and the Controversial Unification Church

By Thisanka Siripala
In a post-Abe era, Japanese politics has been rocked by the Unification Church’s links to LDP lawmakers.

September 14, 2022

Japan Set to Welcome Unrestricted Tourism by October

By Thisanka Siripala
Japan’s struggling tourism sector sees a light at the end of the tunnel as “self-guided” tours make way for full travel.

July 30, 2022

Tackling Japan’s Inflation Shock

By Thisanka Siripala
Rising global energy prices are intensifying cost of living pressures and thwarting Japan’s post-COVID economic recovery. 

July 28, 2022

Japan’s Record-Breaking Summer COVID-19 Surge

By Thisanka Siripala
The government has shifted its focus from prevention to priority treatment for the severely ill amid strains on the healthcare system.

July 20, 2022

Japan Toughens Penalties for Cyberbullying

By Thisanka Siripala
The government’s crackdown on online abuse has been called out for its legal ambiguity and potential to curb freedom of expression.
July 15, 2022

Ex-Japan PM Abe’s Funeral Draws Foreign Delegates Paying Their Respects

By Thisanka Siripala
Japan bid farewell to former Prime Minister Abe Shinzo in a funeral service that drew public mourners and foreign dignitaries.

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