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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
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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.

May 24, 2022

50 Years After US Occupation, Okinawa Continues to Resist Military Bases

By Thisanka Siripala
The burden of hosting U.S. military bases continues to be a serious issue for Okinawa, even half a century after its return to Japan.

May 12, 2022

Japan’s Weak Yen Hampers Its Post-COVID Recovery

By Thisanka Siripala
The Japanese yen has tumbled to its lowest level, pinching household purses and clouding Japan’s economic outlook.

May 02, 2022

What’s Behind Japan’s Continued COVID-19 Border Restrictions?

By Thisanka Siripala
Japan remains closed to international tourists and has not yet made plans to reopen despite a global trend to lift pandemic entry restrictions.
April 02, 2022

Japan Needs a Revamped North Korea Policy

By Thisanka Siripala
Japan’s deterrence strategy is up for debate following the launch of North Korea’s ICBM test.

March 24, 2022

Do Japan’s Sanctions on Russia Spell the End of Japan-Russia Diplomacy?

By Thisanka Siripala
Japan’s unprecedented sanctions on Russia have angered the Kremlin, leading Russia to cut diplomatic ties with Tokyo.
March 15, 2022

Japan Eases COVID-19 Border Restrictions

By Thisanka Siripala
The limited reopening of borders is a welcomed relief, but the damage to Japan’s reputation could take years to repair.

March 08, 2022

Can Japan Face Up to Its Legacy of Forced Sterilization?

By Thisanka Siripala
The state has appealed a landmark verdict ordering the Japanese government to pay compensation to victims of forced sterilization.

February 24, 2022

Amid Ukraine Crisis, Japan Toughens Stance on Russia

By Thisanka Siripala
Japan’s sanctions on Russia could spell the end of previous efforts to resolve the long-standing territorial dispute. 

February 17, 2022

Fukushima Disaster’s Impact on Health Will Be Challenged in Court   

By Thisanka Siripala
A link between radiation from the Fukushima nuclear disaster and cancer will be the focal point of the civil court case against operator TEPCO.
January 27, 2022

Japan in Turmoil Over Omicron

By Thisanka Siripala
Japan has put two-thirds of the country under quasi-emergency measures as it struggles to curb the latest explosion of COVID-19 infections. 

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