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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 14, 2024

Japan’s Rush to Play Cyber Defense Catchup

By Thisanka Siripala
The Japanese government plans to introduce “preemptive” cyber defense as Japanese companies face successive cyber attacks.  

May 31, 2024

Japan, China, South Korea Trilateral Summit Was a Missed Opportunity

By Thisanka Siripala
The three leaders touched base on economic cooperation and trade revitalization, with an eye on reducing regional friction.
May 28, 2024

Japan’s Slush Fund Scandal Intensifies in Diet Discussions

By Thisanka Siripala
Political parties clashed over political fundraising reform as lawmakers deliberate on proposals for varying levels of transparency and punishment.

May 23, 2024

Osaka Will Host the 2025 World Expo. Can Japan Pull It Off?

By Thisanka Siripala
Japan is pushing a PR campaign for the embattled Osaka Expo in 2025, despite waning public enthusiasm.

April 10, 2024

The US and Japan’s Mission to Push Next Generation Nuclear Power 

By Thisanka Siripala
Japan ramps up the joint nuclear power agenda with the U.S. and Philippines, with an eye to deterring regional conflict.

February 06, 2024

Japan’s Governing Party Is Engulfed by a Slush Fund Scandal. Will It Spur Political Reform?

By Thisanka Siripala
The government is facing intense pressure over fears of widespread corruption and financial misconduct.
January 29, 2024

Japan’s First Moon Rover Resumes Operations After Landing Upside Down

By Thisanka Siripala
After technical setbacks, Japan has reestablished communication with the dormant spacecraft, putting the lunar mission back on track.

January 13, 2024

Japan Offers Ukraine Condolences and Cooperation for Reconstruction

By Thisanka Siripala
Japan pledges “unwavering” support to Ukraine amid aid fatigue in the West.

January 03, 2024

Japan’s New Years Day Celebrations Cut Short by Deadly Earthquake 

By Thisanka Siripala
Japan enters 2024 rocked by a powerful earthquake and a deadly airplane collision.

December 14, 2023

Kishida Replaces 4 Cabinet Members as Japan’s Political Fundraising Scandal Deepens 

By Thisanka Siripala
The government is in damage control mode as it scrambles to contain public distrust over underreported fundraising revenue.

December 08, 2023

How Green Is Japan’s COP28 Commitment?

By Thisanka Siripala
Japan’s decarbonization strategy is being slammed by environmental groups for prioritizing “clean” coal. 
December 02, 2023

Japan Fears Growing Threat From North Korea’s Latest Spy Satellite  

By Thisanka Siripala
Japan goes back to the drawing board to tackle North Korea’s spy satellite and advancing nuclear weapons program.  

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