Julian Ryall

Julian Ryall never expected to still be in Japan 24 years after he first arrived, but he quickly realised its advantages over his native London. He lives in Yokohama with his wife and children and writes for publications around the world.
Julian Ryall
Julian Ryall never expected to still be in Japan 24 years after he first arrived, but he quickly realised its advantages over his native London. He lives in Yokohama with his wife and children and writes for publications around the world.

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G20 summit: hopes fade for Japan-Korea breakthrough as Abe-Moon talks ruled out

Failure of the two sides to even agree to a brief discussion on the sidelines of the talks in Osaka underlines the depths to which ties have sunk.

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Failure of the two sides to even agree to a brief discussion on the sidelines of the talks in Osaka underlines the depths to which ties have sunk.

G20 summit: hopes fade for Japan-Korea breakthrough as Abe-Moon talks ruled out
G20 Osaka: Japan closes schools and tightens security as authorities brace for protests at summit

Demonstrators representing a range of concerns will gather in Japanese city, protesting over Diaoyu Islands, Falun Gong and HK extradition bill, while visa has also been granted to Uygur activist despite Beijing’s objections.

25 Jun 2019 - 11:35PM

Demonstrators representing a range of concerns will gather in Japanese city, protesting over Diaoyu Islands, Falun Gong and HK extradition bill, while visa has also been granted to Uygur activist despite Beijing’s objections.

G20 Osaka: Japan closes schools and tightens security as authorities brace for protests at summit
What do Japanese Crown Prince Akishino’s complaints reveal about royal rivalry and private frustrations?

Akishino ignored royal protocol to discuss his daughter’s wedding plans and his own imperial duties, prompting speculation ‘he has his own agenda’.

24 Jun 2019 - 11:22PM

Akishino ignored royal protocol to discuss his daughter’s wedding plans and his own imperial duties, prompting speculation ‘he has his own agenda’.

What do Japanese Crown Prince Akishino’s complaints reveal about royal rivalry and private frustrations?
Domestic abuse soars in Japan, and it’s men reporting women for the violence

The number of male complaints of domestic violence increase eight-fold in four years, but a recent survey suggests figures may be far higher.

22 Jun 2019 - 10:51PM

The number of male complaints of domestic violence increase eight-fold in four years, but a recent survey suggests figures may be far higher.

Domestic abuse soars in Japan, and it’s men reporting women for the violence
Japanese architect Junya Ishigami on his London Serpentine pavilion and China, a ‘good place to be working’

Boring is not a word associated with Junya Ishigami, the Japanese architect behind this year’s summer pavilion at Britain’s Serpentine Gallery. Known for his dreamlike structures, he is excited about three China projects he’s working on.

21 Jun 2019 - 8:00PM

Boring is not a word associated with Junya Ishigami, the Japanese architect behind this year’s summer pavilion at Britain’s Serpentine Gallery. Known for his dreamlike structures, he is excited about three China projects he’s working on.

Japanese architect Junya Ishigami on his London Serpentine pavilion and China, a ‘good place to be working’
The Hong Kong connection: city’s link to Japan’s biggest drug bust emerges

Gang behind US$554 million drug haul flew in from Hong Kong on separate flights and were tailed to a members-only yacht club. In separate incident, woman flew in from city with drugs in noodle packets.

20 Jun 2019 - 2:04AM

Gang behind US$554 million drug haul flew in from Hong Kong on separate flights and were tailed to a members-only yacht club. In separate incident, woman flew in from city with drugs in noodle packets.

The Hong Kong connection: city’s link to Japan’s biggest drug bust emerges
Japan: a man’s world, with a record number of women running for election

Nearly one in three candidates contesting the upper house election in July is a woman, a record number in a country with one of the world’s worst rates of female political representation.

19 Jun 2019 - 12:03AM

Nearly one in three candidates contesting the upper house election in July is a woman, a record number in a country with one of the world’s worst rates of female political representation.

Japan: a man’s world, with a record number of women running for election
Aegis Ashore missile defence site in northern Japan could be 5 metres underwater if tsunami hits, minister confirms

Defence Minister Takeshi Iwaya says the site, in Akita Prefecture, would need to be reinforced against a possible natural disaster – a revelation that comes as he apologises for the erroneous selection process for the location.

17 Jun 2019 - 8:18PM

Defence Minister Takeshi Iwaya says the site, in Akita Prefecture, would need to be reinforced against a possible natural disaster – a revelation that comes as he apologises for the erroneous selection process for the location.

Aegis Ashore missile defence site in northern Japan could be 5 metres underwater if tsunami hits, minister confirms
Japan X drummer Yoshiki apologises for posting picture with Jackie Chan, after fans slam ‘running dog of communist China’

Yoshiki was criticised as ‘politically naive’ in light of Chan’s willingness to court controversy with comments about Hong Kong’s relationship with the mainland.

17 Jun 2019 - 8:18PM

Yoshiki was criticised as ‘politically naive’ in light of Chan’s willingness to court controversy with comments about Hong Kong’s relationship with the mainland.

Japan X drummer Yoshiki apologises for posting picture with Jackie Chan, after fans slam ‘running dog of communist China’
Japanese cannibal killer Issei Sagawa returns to the public eye as subject of documentary

Issei Sagawa managed to not only escape justice but also profit from the 1981 killing, returning to Japan and embracing his new-found celebrity.

15 Jun 2019 - 9:18PM

Issei Sagawa managed to not only escape justice but also profit from the 1981 killing, returning to Japan and embracing his new-found celebrity.

Japanese cannibal killer Issei Sagawa returns to the public eye as subject of documentary
Laila Tokio, the vintage Tokyo fashion store that draws the world’s top designers

Hideo Hashiura, the founder of Laila Tokio, says that famous designers who know the value of vintage fashion visit his store to buy items of clothing. He explains why, despite being unfashionable in most Asian countries, retro classics are still cool.

13 Jun 2019 - 7:51PM

Hideo Hashiura, the founder of Laila Tokio, says that famous designers who know the value of vintage fashion visit his store to buy items of clothing. He explains why, despite being unfashionable in most Asian countries, retro classics are still cool.

Laila Tokio, the vintage Tokyo fashion store that draws the world’s top designers
3 in 4 Japanese distrust South Koreans – and the feeling’s mutual

Diplomatic tiffs between the two countries are reflected in personal attitudes, a study has found. Among the issues that rankle are everything from Japan’s colonial period to the name of the sea separating them

12 Jun 2019 - 9:57PM

Diplomatic tiffs between the two countries are reflected in personal attitudes, a study has found. Among the issues that rankle are everything from Japan’s colonial period to the name of the sea separating them

3 in 4 Japanese distrust South Koreans – and the feeling’s mutual
Why are Japan’s famously reserved citizens becoming more violent?

From savage fights between commuters to the murder of schoolchildren, Japanese people are less tolerant than ever before. Their frustration could come from a fear of the future as the population shrinks at record levels.

12 Jun 2019 - 11:01AM

From savage fights between commuters to the murder of schoolchildren, Japanese people are less tolerant than ever before. Their frustration could come from a fear of the future as the population shrinks at record levels.

Why are Japan’s famously reserved citizens becoming more violent?
Japan’s use of Google Earth data to choose Aegis Ashore missile defence site labelled ‘inept’

Officials also face criticism for failing to carry out inspections of the candidate locations, fuelling fears among local residents about radiation produced by radar units.

10 Jun 2019 - 9:31PM

Officials also face criticism for failing to carry out inspections of the candidate locations, fuelling fears among local residents about radiation produced by radar units.

Japan’s use of Google Earth data to choose Aegis Ashore missile defence site labelled ‘inept’
In Japan, Empress Masako shines in the spotlight after 16 years on the sidelines

The new empress has surprised those who doubted she could handle the pressure of her duties after the coronation of Emperor Naruhito – she had barely been seen in public since 2003.

8 Jun 2019 - 10:41PM

The new empress has surprised those who doubted she could handle the pressure of her duties after the coronation of Emperor Naruhito – she had barely been seen in public since 2003.

In Japan, Empress Masako shines in the spotlight after 16 years on the sidelines
Former Japanese diplomat killed his son out of fear he would attack school children, say police

Hideaki Kumazawa told police that his son had repeatedly attacked him and his wife, and had made threatening comments towards a nearby school.

6 Jun 2019 - 11:08PM

Hideaki Kumazawa told police that his son had repeatedly attacked him and his wife, and had made threatening comments towards a nearby school.

Former Japanese diplomat killed his son out of fear he would attack school children, say police
England’s Jurassic Coast – journey through time from when dinosaurs roamed to Regency resorts

The coastlines of East Devon and Dorset have witnessed some 185 million years of history and the cliffs remain fossil-filled, but the area is more than just a palaeontological playground.

17 Jun 2019 - 3:34PM

The coastlines of East Devon and Dorset have witnessed some 185 million years of history and the cliffs remain fossil-filled, but the area is more than just a palaeontological playground.

England’s Jurassic Coast – journey through time from when dinosaurs roamed to Regency resorts
Tiananmen Square: Japanese diplomats feared Chinese troops would storm embassy

Embassy workers burned documents and planned to escape on bicycles as the People’s Liberation Army responded to democracy protests, official recalls

4 Jun 2019 - 5:07PM

Embassy workers burned documents and planned to escape on bicycles as the People’s Liberation Army responded to democracy protests, official recalls

Tiananmen Square: Japanese diplomats feared Chinese troops would storm embassy
Deadly attacks in Japan shine a light on the country’s modern hermits, known as hikikomori

Support groups for the estimated 613,000 people aged between 40 and 64 who are socially withdrawn were quick to respond, criticising unfair coverage.

3 Jun 2019 - 9:12PM

Support groups for the estimated 613,000 people aged between 40 and 64 who are socially withdrawn were quick to respond, criticising unfair coverage.

Deadly attacks in Japan shine a light on the country’s modern hermits, known as hikikomori
What is the US Navy doing on Japan’s Iwo Jima, nearly 75 years after World War II?

While the island – where a key battle took place in 1945 – is sovereign Japanese territory, it is also a strategic facility for US fighter pilots using it to practise the high-pressure manoeuvre of taking off and landing on aircraft carriers.

2 Jun 2019 - 12:19PM

While the island – where a key battle took place in 1945 – is sovereign Japanese territory, it is also a strategic facility for US fighter pilots using it to practise the high-pressure manoeuvre of taking off and landing on aircraft carriers.

What is the US Navy doing on Japan’s Iwo Jima, nearly 75 years after World War II?
Return to Iwo Jima: 75 years after US-Japan battle, what is the island like today?

With human remains still being found, the Japanese island is covered in sobering reminders of its bloody past.

3 Jun 2019 - 11:27AM

With human remains still being found, the Japanese island is covered in sobering reminders of its bloody past.

Return to Iwo Jima: 75 years after US-Japan battle, what is the island like today?
Calbee: how snack foods company in post-nuclear Hiroshima became a global giant

After Japanese city of Hiroshima was destroyed by an atomic bomb, malnutrition was rife and Takashi Matsuo wanted to help feed his fellow citizens. He named Calbee after the calcium and B1 in its first sweet.

1 Jun 2019 - 9:48PM

After Japanese city of Hiroshima was destroyed by an atomic bomb, malnutrition was rife and Takashi Matsuo wanted to help feed his fellow citizens. He named Calbee after the calcium and B1 in its first sweet.

Calbee: how snack foods company in post-nuclear Hiroshima became a global giant
Oil, nukes, Trump and North Korea on Shinzo Abe’s agenda as Japan sets date for Iran visit

The Japanese prime minister is heading to Iran to act as a go-between for Washington and Tehran

31 May 2019 - 10:36PM

The Japanese prime minister is heading to Iran to act as a go-between for Washington and Tehran

Oil, nukes, Trump and North Korea on Shinzo Abe’s agenda as Japan sets date for Iran visit
Death of Japanese host Yuya Tanaka after shochu, tequila drinking game was work related, court finds

Parents of the 21-year-old male employee have won a seven-year legal battle after he died from acute alcohol poisoning after peer pressure on the job, and are now allowed to claim workers’ compensation.

30 May 2019 - 10:50PM

Parents of the 21-year-old male employee have won a seven-year legal battle after he died from acute alcohol poisoning after peer pressure on the job, and are now allowed to claim workers’ compensation.

Death of Japanese host Yuya Tanaka after shochu, tequila drinking game was work related, court finds
Shangri-La Dialogue: ‘win for China’, as hopes for Japan-South Korea talks fade

The Asian security forum in Singapore had been seen as an ideal venue for a breakthrough in the growing diplomatic spat – but Tokyo has got cold feet

29 May 2019 - 11:00PM

The Asian security forum in Singapore had been seen as an ideal venue for a breakthrough in the growing diplomatic spat – but Tokyo has got cold feet

Shangri-La Dialogue: ‘win for China’, as hopes for Japan-South Korea talks fade
A history of ultraviolence against schoolchildren in Japan

Japan is known for its low rate of violent crime. But Tuesday’s horror stabbing attack on schoolchildren was not the first such incident to shock the country and instil fear into parents’ minds that ‘it could happen again’

29 May 2019 - 2:38PM

Japan is known for its low rate of violent crime. But Tuesday’s horror stabbing attack on schoolchildren was not the first such incident to shock the country and instil fear into parents’ minds that ‘it could happen again’

A history of ultraviolence against schoolchildren in Japan
Fears for Japan schoolchildren’s safety after horror mass stabbing by recluse alleged attacker Ryuichi Iwasaki

Police raided the house of the 51-year-old suspect, who neighbours say kept very much to himself and had few dealings with outsiders

29 May 2019 - 11:01PM

Police raided the house of the 51-year-old suspect, who neighbours say kept very much to himself and had few dealings with outsiders

Fears for Japan schoolchildren’s safety after horror mass stabbing by recluse alleged attacker Ryuichi Iwasaki
In Japan, a parade of pomp for Trump, but Rodrigo Duterte and other world leaders will have to wait

Rolling out the imperial treatment can be a winning diplomatic tool, but the pecking order for visiting dignitaries is sometimes tricky to manage for Japan.

28 May 2019 - 10:26PM

Rolling out the imperial treatment can be a winning diplomatic tool, but the pecking order for visiting dignitaries is sometimes tricky to manage for Japan.

In Japan, a parade of pomp for Trump, but Rodrigo Duterte and other world leaders will have to wait
Japan stabbing: 11-year-old and two adults dead, 16 pupils injured after horror attack at bus stop

The children were waiting for a bus to go to school in the city of Kawasaki when the attacker began stabbing them.

28 May 2019 - 11:27PM

The children were waiting for a bus to go to school in the city of Kawasaki when the attacker began stabbing them.

Japan stabbing: 11-year-old and two adults dead, 16 pupils injured after horror attack at bus stop
Health warnings for tourists as Japan swelters during record heatwave

More than 460 people were admitted to hospitals for treatment for heatstroke over the weekend.

27 May 2019 - 10:12PM

More than 460 people were admitted to hospitals for treatment for heatstroke over the weekend.

Health warnings for tourists as Japan swelters during record heatwave