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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
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.

July 13, 2022

Japan’s Ruling Coalition Expands Majority in Elections After Abe’s Assassination

By Thisanka Siripala
The upper house election took on heightened significance in the wake of former Prime Minister Abe’s assassination.

July 09, 2022

Japan in Shock After Fatal Shooting of Former Prime Minister Abe Shinzo

By Thisanka Siripala
Japan is reeling after the assassination of its longest-serving leader while on the campaign trail for the upcoming election.

July 05, 2022

Can Japan’s Revamped Childcare Policy Get Workaholic Fathers to Take Leave?

By Thisanka Siripala
Japan has made childcare leave a top priority but the latest amendments show inconsistencies between the law and reality.
June 30, 2022

Japan Pushes for Stronger Cooperation to Counter China at G7

By Thisanka Siripala
Japan's prime minister stressed that Russia and China pose similar threats to the rules-based international order.

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