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Thisanka Siripala

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.

Japanese Emperor Akihito Delivers Final Official War Memorial Speech
August 18, 2018
Japanese Emperor Akihito Delivers Final Official War Memorial Speech
Emperor Akihito, known for his emphasis on reconciliation and peace, gave his last speech at Japan’s annual ceremony for WWII dead.
Japanese Emperor Akihito Delivers Final Official War Memorial Speech
Tokyo Medical University Admits To Capping Female Admissions
August 11, 2018
Tokyo Medical University Admits To Capping Female Admissions
An internal probe reveals rampant score rigging on medical entrance exams to restrain the number of female doctors.
Tokyo Medical University Admits To Capping Female Admissions
Japan’s Upper House Electoral Reform Sparks Democracy Debate
August 04, 2018
Japan’s Upper House Electoral Reform Sparks Democracy Debate
The latest electoral reforms are criticized for serving vested party interests.
Japan’s Upper House Electoral Reform Sparks Democracy Debate
After 5-Year-Old's Death, Japan to Boost Child Abuse Prevention Measures
July 25, 2018
After 5-Year-Old's Death, Japan to Boost Child Abuse Prevention Measures
A surge in the number of child abuse cases has exposed a series of systematic failures from child welfare agencies.
After 5-Year-Old's Death, Japan to Boost Child Abuse Prevention Measures
Japan Flood Recovery Efforts Hampered by Heat Wave
July 18, 2018
Japan Flood Recovery Efforts Hampered by Heat Wave
While dealing with the aftermath of Japan’s worst flood disaster, residents are now suffering from potentially deadly heat.
Japan Flood Recovery Efforts Hampered by Heat Wave
Torrential Rain Devastates West Japan With Mounting Death Toll
July 10, 2018
Torrential Rain Devastates West Japan With Mounting Death Toll
Recovery operations are underway after Japan’s worst rain disaster left a trail of unprecedented destruction.
Torrential Rain Devastates West Japan With Mounting Death Toll
Japanese Universities Make Efforts to Be More LGBT Friendly
July 06, 2018
Japanese Universities Make Efforts to Be More LGBT Friendly
Schools in Japan are taking steps to support equal access to education for LGBT students.
Japanese Universities Make Efforts to Be More LGBT Friendly
Japan's World Cup Roller Coaster
July 02, 2018
Japan's World Cup Roller Coaster
Japan squeezed through into the World Cup's final 16 thanks to FIFA's "fair play" rules.
Japan's World Cup Roller Coaster
Can Japan Host a Smoke-Free Olympics?
June 23, 2018
Can Japan Host a Smoke-Free Olympics?
After a fiery political standoff, Japan passes an anti-smoking bill, part of a renewed push ahead of the 2020 Games.
Can Japan Host a Smoke-Free Olympics?
Is Abe Cornered by Trump’s Expanding Trade Tariffs?
June 18, 2018
Is Abe Cornered by Trump’s Expanding Trade Tariffs?
U.S. protectionism has sparked tensions with some of its closest Western allies. Japan remains caught in the middle.
Is Abe Cornered by Trump’s Expanding Trade Tariffs?
Japan Open Doors for More Foreign Workers
June 09, 2018
Japan Open Doors for More Foreign Workers
Abe has proposed concrete measures to deepen the labor pool of low-skilled foreign workers in a drastic shift in policy.
Japan Open Doors for More Foreign Workers
Japan's Robot Revolution in Senior Care
June 01, 2018
Japan's Robot Revolution in Senior Care
Being cared for by robots is becoming the method of choice among elderly residents.
Japan's Robot Revolution in Senior Care
Japan’s Forced Sterilization Victims Hit Back With a Wave of Lawsuits
May 25, 2018
Japan’s Forced Sterilization Victims Hit Back With a Wave of Lawsuits
The dark postwar population policy, modeled after Nazi Germany’s eugenics, resulted in systemic human rights abuses.
Japan’s Forced Sterilization Victims Hit Back With a Wave of Lawsuits
Another Week, Another Cronyism Scandal for Japan's Abe
May 18, 2018
Another Week, Another Cronyism Scandal for Japan's Abe
The controversy over a new veterinary school belonging to Abe’s old friend deepens as fresh evidence emerges.
Another Week, Another Cronyism Scandal for Japan's Abe
Japan’s US Air Base Safety Probe in Deadlock
May 11, 2018
Japan’s US Air Base Safety Probe in Deadlock
After a series of U.S helicopter safety mishaps, plans to inspect the U.S. marine base have been met with resistance.
Japan’s US Air Base Safety Probe in Deadlock
Japan’s Kobe Steel Faces Criminal Investigation
May 03, 2018
Japan’s Kobe Steel Faces Criminal Investigation
Quality control scandals in the manufacturing sector are undermining Japan’s reputation for quality and integrity.
Japan’s Kobe Steel Faces Criminal Investigation
Japan’s Finance Ministry Sexual Harassment Scandal Sparks National Wake Up Call
April 27, 2018
Japan’s Finance Ministry Sexual Harassment Scandal Sparks National Wake Up Call
While the government wraps its head around sexual misconduct embroiling a finance official, social unrest deepens.
Japan’s Finance Ministry Sexual Harassment Scandal Sparks National Wake Up Call
Is This the End for Shinzo Abe?
April 13, 2018
Is This the End for Shinzo Abe?
Widespread political mistrust deepens after new evidence of malpractice in the Moritomo Gakuen land sale scandal.
Is This the End for Shinzo Abe?
Japan Shrugs at Plan for North Korea to Attend 2020 Tokyo Olympics
April 06, 2018
Japan Shrugs at Plan for North Korea to Attend 2020 Tokyo Olympics
Despite thawing tensions, Japan remains reluctant to forge ties with North Korea.
Japan Shrugs at Plan for North Korea to Attend 2020 Tokyo Olympics
Fukushima Farms Face an Uphill Battle Building Overseas Market Share
March 29, 2018
Fukushima Farms Face an Uphill Battle Building Overseas Market Share
Lingering safety concerns remain a hurdle to restoring the agriculture sector.
Fukushima Farms Face an Uphill Battle Building Overseas Market Share
Japan Sees Hope for US Metal Duty Exemptions
March 22, 2018
Japan Sees Hope for US Metal Duty Exemptions
On the eve of Trump’s higher steel and aluminium tariffs, Japan’s Trade Minister is pushing grounds for exemptions.
Japan Sees Hope for US Metal Duty Exemptions
Will Mounting Pressure to Sack Finance Minister Aso Spell the End for PM Abe?
March 15, 2018
Will Mounting Pressure to Sack Finance Minister Aso Spell the End for PM Abe?
Aso’s political career hangs by a thread after admitting the ministry tampered with a report on the Moritomo Gakuen scandal.
Will Mounting Pressure to Sack Finance Minister Aso Spell the End for PM Abe?
Japan’s Unemployment Rate Drops to Uncharted Territory
March 09, 2018
Japan’s Unemployment Rate Drops to Uncharted Territory
Japan’s jobless rate for January improved by 0.3 percent, squeezing the labor force to maximum participation.
Japan’s Unemployment Rate Drops to Uncharted Territory
Abe Scraps Controversial Labor Reform Bill for Redraft
March 02, 2018
Abe Scraps Controversial Labor Reform Bill for Redraft
Errors in a 2013 overtime survey sparked public outcry against Abe’s push for amendments to the Labor Standards Act.
Abe Scraps Controversial Labor Reform Bill for Redraft
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