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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 13, 2020

Japan to the Rescue: Can Abe Defuse Tensions in the Middle East?

By Thisanka Siripala
Acrimonious Iran-U.S relations haven’t deterred Prime Minister Abe, who is on a scheduled tour of the Middle East under the banner of “peace diplomacy.” 

January 09, 2020

Japan on the Offensive Following Ghosn’s Escape to Lebanon

By Thisanka Siripala
As more details emerge of Ghosn’s daring flight to Lebanon to avoid trial, police are ramping up investigations around those close to the former Nissan chief.
January 07, 2020

New Year, Same Fight: Japan’s PM Pledges Constitutional Revision and Social Security Reforms

By Thisanka Siripala
In response to Japan’s super aging society, Prime Minister Abe vows to tackle Japan's biggest challenge: major social security reform.

December 24, 2019

Japan at Odds With Iran’s Plea for Stronger Economic and Political Alliance

By Thisanka Siripala
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is caught between feuding Iran and the United States.

December 21, 2019

Okinawa and Japanese Government Locked In Hostile Battle Over US Base Relocation

By Thisanka Siripala
The prolonged showdown intensified as the contentious landfill construction hit a design plan snag.

December 06, 2019

Japan-South Korea Ties on Ice Until Bilateral Trade Meeting

By Thisanka Siripala
Japan and South Korea’s relationship hangs on a thread until talks resume at a high-level policy meeting later this month.
December 03, 2019

Pope Francis Preaches Anti-Nuke Message in First Japan Visit in 38 Years

By Thisanka Siripala
Pope Francis brought recognition to Japan’s “hidden” Christians while bearing pro-refugee and anti-nuclear messages of peace.

November 29, 2019

Is Disaster-Prone Japan Facing Economic Derailment?

By Thisanka Siripala
Following Typhoon Hagibis’ trail of destruction, worsening natural disasters are taking a toll on Japan’s economic outlook.

October 17, 2019

Homeless Men Denied Shelter During Japan’s Typhoon Hagibis

By Thisanka Siripala
As Japan recovers from the worst storm in decades, reports of a Tokyo shelter rejecting homeless evacuees has sparked international outrage.

October 11, 2019

Has Japan Lost Out in the Partial US-Japan Trade Deal?

By Thisanka Siripala
With details of the U.S.- Japan trade emerging, has the Abe administration sold out the Japanese farming sector?

October 11, 2019

Japan Mulls Mass Pardon of Petty Crimes to Mark New Emperor’s Enthronement

By Thisanka Siripala
The tradition of pardoning crimes in light of major imperial events brings into question the need for amnesty in the criminal justice system.
October 04, 2019

Will Japan’s Latest Consumption Tax Hike Cause an Economic Slowdown? 

By Thisanka Siripala
Despite global economic turmoil, the new tax rebate fails to sweeten the governments unpopular tax increase. 

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