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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
April 16, 2021

Japan Faces Growing Pressure to Rethink Releasing Fukushima’s Wastewater into Ocean

By Thisanka Siripala
China and South Korea have reacted strongly to the Japanese government’s decision to release contaminated water from the crippled Fukushima nuclear reactor.

April 08, 2021

Japan’s Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant Operators Penalized for Sloppy Safeguards at Niigata

By Thisanka Siripala
A series of safety breaches compounds fears that TEPCO has failed to learn from the Fukushima nuclear disaster in its bid to restart a Niigata nuclear power plant.
April 05, 2021

North Korea, Supply Chain Resilience Top Agenda During NSA Talks

By Thisanka Siripala
A trilateral meeting between Japan, South Korea, and the U.S. reaffirms joint efforts on the denuclearization of North Korea.

April 03, 2021

Japan’s Olympic Torch Relay Under Threat From COVID-19 Rebound

By Thisanka Siripala
A resurgence of cases in Tokyo and Osaka casts doubt on the idea of a coronavirus-proof Olympic Games.

March 29, 2021

Japan Edges One Step Closer to Marriage Equality

By Thisanka Siripala
Japan’s LGBTQ+ community rejoices after a court ruling backs the right to same-sex marriage.  

March 17, 2021

US and Japan Name China as Threat to International Order

By Thisanka Siripala
In the first 2+2 talks of their new administrations, both sides pledge to strengthen their alliance in response to shared concerns over China’s “aggressive actions.”
March 15, 2021

Will Japan’s Olympics Be Rescued by China’s Vaccine?

By Thisanka Siripala
Japan remains tight-lipped over the IOC’s offer to provide Chinese-made vaccines to Olympic athletes.

March 12, 2021

Remembering the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Tragedy a Decade Later

By Thisanka Siripala
Survivor Ueno Shigeki reflects on the unimaginable 2011 earthquake and tsunami, which decimated his coastal hometown of Kesennuma.

March 01, 2021

Japan’s Prime Minister Hit With Nepotism Scandal

By Thisanka Siripala
Suga’s honeymoon period is over following a lavish dining scandal involving elite LDP bureaucrats and Suga’s eldest son. 

February 24, 2021

Japan’s Struggle for a Home-Grown COVID-19 Vaccine

By Thisanka Siripala
Japan's lagging vaccine roll-out draws attention to the barriers in commercializing domestic vaccine production.

February 16, 2021

Tokyo Olympic Chief Mori Resigned, But His Sexist Remarks Still Rankle

By Thisanka Siripala
For many, Mori’s derogatory remarks toward women were the final straw in growing distrust behind the delayed Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics.
February 10, 2021

Japan’s Dilemma Over Nuclear Disarmament 

By Thisanka Siripala
Japan’s refusal to sign the U.N. treaty banning nuclear weapons has exacerbated a Pandora’s box of internal and international criticism.

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