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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Moon Jae-in’s administration faces calls to investigate war crimes amid rising awareness of South Korea’s atrocities in Vietnam

Activists from Vietnam, South Korea and Japan have called for Seoul to take responsibility for massacres allegedly committed by Korean troops during the Vietnam war.

18 Apr 2019 - 9:55PM

Activists from Vietnam, South Korea and Japan have called for Seoul to take responsibility for massacres allegedly committed by Korean troops during the Vietnam war.

Moon Jae-in’s administration faces calls to investigate war crimes amid rising awareness of South Korea’s atrocities in Vietnam
Japan-made luxury goods, including cars formerly used by Chinese military, smuggled into North Korea over China border: report

A host of banned luxury items, including vehicles believed to have been used by the People’s Liberation Army, were reportedly sneaked into North Korea in March.

17 Apr 2019 - 10:07PM

A host of banned luxury items, including vehicles believed to have been used by the People’s Liberation Army, were reportedly sneaked into North Korea in March.

Japan-made luxury goods, including cars formerly used by Chinese military, smuggled into North Korea over China border: report
2020 Tokyo Olympics sailing venue would be an evacuation nightmare if a tsunami struck, says Japanese disaster expert

A Japanese disaster expert has highlighted poor emergency routes at the Shonan Port, saying it would take spectators ‘at least one hour’ to reach an evacuation point in the event of a tsunami.

19 Apr 2019 - 11:12AM

A Japanese disaster expert has highlighted poor emergency routes at the Shonan Port, saying it would take spectators ‘at least one hour’ to reach an evacuation point in the event of a tsunami.

2020 Tokyo Olympics sailing venue would be an evacuation nightmare if a tsunami struck, says Japanese disaster expert
Donald Trump to attend sumo match in Japan. America won’t come first

The president will take in the Summer Grand Sumo Tournament during his three-day visit to Japan in May. But, though Hawaii has produced top wrestlers in the past, Trump has little hope of watching an American lift the trophy

16 Apr 2019 - 11:51AM

The president will take in the Summer Grand Sumo Tournament during his three-day visit to Japan in May. But, though Hawaii has produced top wrestlers in the past, Trump has little hope of watching an American lift the trophy

Donald Trump to attend sumo match in Japan. America won’t come first
Japan scrambles fighter jets 999 times as Chinese sorties increase

Chinese military planes were involved in nearly two-thirds of the interceptions made by Japanese fighter jets in the past year. The number of interceptions is the second highest figure on record

16 Apr 2019 - 11:14PM

Chinese military planes were involved in nearly two-thirds of the interceptions made by Japanese fighter jets in the past year. The number of interceptions is the second highest figure on record

Japan scrambles fighter jets 999 times as Chinese sorties increase
Embarrassment for Shinzo Abe after gaffe-prone Olympics minister Yoshitaka Sakurada forced to quit

Yoshitaka Sakurada infuriated residents of northeast Japan who are trying to rebuild their communities after the 2011 earthquake and tsunami.

12 Apr 2019 - 4:34PM

Yoshitaka Sakurada infuriated residents of northeast Japan who are trying to rebuild their communities after the 2011 earthquake and tsunami.

Embarrassment for Shinzo Abe after gaffe-prone Olympics minister Yoshitaka Sakurada forced to quit
Japan claims food products from Fukushima are safe but South Korea isn’t buying it

Japanese foreign minister summoned Seoul’s ambassador to Tokyo to express disappointment but even in Japan, there is widespread mistrust of government’s assessment.

12 Apr 2019 - 9:38PM

Japanese foreign minister summoned Seoul’s ambassador to Tokyo to express disappointment but even in Japan, there is widespread mistrust of government’s assessment.

Japan claims food products from Fukushima are safe but South Korea isn’t buying it
Watch: the elderly Japanese man who divided the internet ... by delaying a train

The elderly and slightly dishevelled man repeatedly puts his hand and a plastic bag between the closing doors of the train as it waits to depart Sakae station.

12 Apr 2019 - 12:20PM

The elderly and slightly dishevelled man repeatedly puts his hand and a plastic bag between the closing doors of the train as it waits to depart Sakae station.

Watch: the elderly Japanese man who divided the internet ... by delaying a train
Chinese thieves arrested for spate of hotel robberies targeting snoring Japanese salarymen

Police admitted to being ‘amazed’ at the suspects’ ingenious methods of gaining access to rooms without their occupants realising

11 Apr 2019 - 6:50PM

Police admitted to being ‘amazed’ at the suspects’ ingenious methods of gaining access to rooms without their occupants realising

Chinese thieves arrested for spate of hotel robberies targeting snoring Japanese salarymen
Japanese teen who traded uranium online and even processed it into yellowcake was just a ‘chemistry geek’, analyst says

A vast amount of uranium ore is required to make even a tiny amount of fissile material, while the radioactivity in yellowcake uranium is still extremely low.

10 Apr 2019 - 7:51PM

A vast amount of uranium ore is required to make even a tiny amount of fissile material, while the radioactivity in yellowcake uranium is still extremely low.

Japanese teen who traded uranium online and even processed it into yellowcake was just a ‘chemistry geek’, analyst says
Japan seeks visit from British aircraft carrier to counter regional rivals: sources

HMS Queen Elizabeth is the largest aircraft carrier ever built for Britain’s Royal Navy and Tokyo seems ‘very keen’ for it to dock in a Japanese port soon.

16 Apr 2019 - 11:12PM

HMS Queen Elizabeth is the largest aircraft carrier ever built for Britain’s Royal Navy and Tokyo seems ‘very keen’ for it to dock in a Japanese port soon.

Japan seeks visit from British aircraft carrier to counter regional rivals: sources
Akita dog honoured by Japanese police for saving the life of an elderly woman

Mame, a 12-year-old from the town of Senboku, in Akita Prefecture, alerted her owner to the old lady, who was slumped by the side of the road.

1 Apr 2019 - 9:28PM

Mame, a 12-year-old from the town of Senboku, in Akita Prefecture, alerted her owner to the old lady, who was slumped by the side of the road.

Akita dog honoured by Japanese police for saving the life of an elderly woman
Outcry over Japan’s ‘vicious’ idol industry after NGT48 singer Maho Yamaguchi’s assault allegations go unresolved

Maho Yamaguchi, a 23-year-old singer with NGT48, went public in January with claims that she had been attacked at her home by men who said they got her address from a bandmate. Her management agency disputes this version of events.

25 Mar 2019 - 10:38PM

Maho Yamaguchi, a 23-year-old singer with NGT48, went public in January with claims that she had been attacked at her home by men who said they got her address from a bandmate. Her management agency disputes this version of events.

Outcry over Japan’s ‘vicious’ idol industry after NGT48 singer Maho Yamaguchi’s assault allegations go unresolved
Japan-South Korea ties take another hit from ‘war crime’ sticker proposal and Japanese bureaucrat’s anti-Korea tirade

A local government near Seoul is calling for all Japanese-made school products to be affixed with a sticker saying they were made by ‘war criminals’.

23 Mar 2019 - 11:11PM

A local government near Seoul is calling for all Japanese-made school products to be affixed with a sticker saying they were made by ‘war criminals’.

Japan-South Korea ties take another hit from ‘war crime’ sticker proposal and Japanese bureaucrat’s anti-Korea tirade
Japan turns to drones to replace its ageing farmers

As farming communities grow older and young people abandon agriculture, Tokyo hopes a new generation of drones will be able to spray its crops, sow its fields and pollinate its crops.

21 Mar 2019 - 3:37PM

As farming communities grow older and young people abandon agriculture, Tokyo hopes a new generation of drones will be able to spray its crops, sow its fields and pollinate its crops.

Japan turns to drones to replace its ageing farmers
Japanese university under investigation for losing track of hundreds of foreign students

Many of the missing students are now assumed to have taken up work illegally in Japan, which is suffering a severe labour shortage caused by a falling birth rate and shrinking population.

20 Mar 2019 - 12:13AM

Many of the missing students are now assumed to have taken up work illegally in Japan, which is suffering a severe labour shortage caused by a falling birth rate and shrinking population.

Japanese university under investigation for losing track of hundreds of foreign students
Forget the cherry blossoms, springtime in Japan means gearing up for allergy season

Up to one in four of the nation’s 127 million residents experiences sneezing, wheezing and itchy eyes when springtime hits each year. Japan is bracing for a longer than usual pollen season, while companies put out products they claim will keep irritants at bay

18 Mar 2019 - 5:37PM

Up to one in four of the nation’s 127 million residents experiences sneezing, wheezing and itchy eyes when springtime hits each year. Japan is bracing for a longer than usual pollen season, while companies put out products they claim will keep irritants at bay

Forget the cherry blossoms, springtime in Japan means gearing up for allergy season
Why is Japan so obsessed with being on time?

In a country where being late by seconds can spark a scandal, the pressure to be punctual is too much for some. Japanese firms are discovering punctuality doesn’t always equal efficiency.

18 Mar 2019 - 12:16PM

In a country where being late by seconds can spark a scandal, the pressure to be punctual is too much for some. Japanese firms are discovering punctuality doesn’t always equal efficiency.

Why is Japan so obsessed with being on time?
US$212 million missing at Chinese affiliate of Japan’s Daiwa House

Economists say the suspected fraud has raised alarm bells at some Japanese companies over the pitfalls of doing business in China

15 Mar 2019 - 7:22AM

Economists say the suspected fraud has raised alarm bells at some Japanese companies over the pitfalls of doing business in China

US$212 million missing at Chinese affiliate of Japan’s Daiwa House
Travel firms fear Japan will stop visas for South Koreans in row over wartime labour

Tit-for-tat measure looms after Seoul’s threat to seize the assets of Japanese company Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal. A court wants the firm to compensate Koreans forced into wartime labour by its predecessor

14 Mar 2019 - 10:39AM

Tit-for-tat measure looms after Seoul’s threat to seize the assets of Japanese company Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal. A court wants the firm to compensate Koreans forced into wartime labour by its predecessor

Travel firms fear Japan will stop visas for South Koreans in row over wartime labour
Japan to build new warships in ‘message to China’ over Diaoyu Islands

The Japanese defence ministry tells the Post it is working on a new class of patrol ship and aims to deploy 12 vessels over the next decade. The move will free up its destroyers that patrol the disputed Diaoyu/Senkaku archipelago

17 Apr 2019 - 12:15AM

The Japanese defence ministry tells the Post it is working on a new class of patrol ship and aims to deploy 12 vessels over the next decade. The move will free up its destroyers that patrol the disputed Diaoyu/Senkaku archipelago

Japan to build new warships in ‘message to China’ over Diaoyu Islands
Amelia Earhart’s disappearance: a tiny Pacific atoll and its smoking gun

Earhart, the first woman to fly across the Atlantic Ocean, vanished on a 1937 attempt to fly around the globe. An American organisation believes it has found the answer to her fate hidden in decades-old 16mm film footage.

6 Mar 2019 - 12:29PM

Earhart, the first woman to fly across the Atlantic Ocean, vanished on a 1937 attempt to fly around the globe. An American organisation believes it has found the answer to her fate hidden in decades-old 16mm film footage.

Amelia Earhart’s disappearance: a tiny Pacific atoll and its smoking gun
Chinese ships ‘send message’ to Japan and Taiwan ahead of talks on Diaoyu fishing rights

Chinese coastguard ships sail close to the disputed territory shortly before three days of talks over fishing rights. Experts say this is intended as a warning to Tokyo and Taipei

17 Apr 2019 - 12:15AM

Chinese coastguard ships sail close to the disputed territory shortly before three days of talks over fishing rights. Experts say this is intended as a warning to Tokyo and Taipei

Chinese ships ‘send message’ to Japan and Taiwan ahead of talks on Diaoyu fishing rights
Japan’s secret weapon against invaders from Hong Kong, China: flaming wasabi

As Japan despairs over its fire ant infestation, scientists have discovered a new weapon that could help the nation fight fire with fire: flaming wasabi.

5 Mar 2019 - 7:49AM

As Japan despairs over its fire ant infestation, scientists have discovered a new weapon that could help the nation fight fire with fire: flaming wasabi.

Japan’s secret weapon against invaders from Hong Kong, China: flaming wasabi
The story of Nikka: the Japanese man who brought Scotch whisky home, and its world-beating single malt

In 1918, Masataka Taketsuru went to Scotland to learn about whisky. He returned home with a Scottish wife and the secrets of distillation. In 2001, his company Nikka’s 10-year-old Single Cask Yoichi was voted the world’s ‘Best of the Best’.

3 Mar 2019 - 8:58AM

In 1918, Masataka Taketsuru went to Scotland to learn about whisky. He returned home with a Scottish wife and the secrets of distillation. In 2001, his company Nikka’s 10-year-old Single Cask Yoichi was voted the world’s ‘Best of the Best’.

The story of Nikka: the Japanese man who brought Scotch whisky home, and its world-beating single malt
Trump-Kim summit 2019: Japan won’t lift North Korea sanctions even if US does so, report says

The Mainichi newspaper said Japan would not send economic assistance or humanitarian aid but a foreign ministry official would not confirm this, only saying Tokyo will “encourage the peace process between the US and North Korea”.

27 Feb 2019 - 10:17PM

The Mainichi newspaper said Japan would not send economic assistance or humanitarian aid but a foreign ministry official would not confirm this, only saying Tokyo will “encourage the peace process between the US and North Korea”.

Trump-Kim summit 2019: Japan won’t lift North Korea sanctions even if US does so, report says
Tokyo prepares to turn cruise liners into floating hotels to accommodate 2020 Olympics crowds

There will an estimated average shortfall of 14,000 hotel rooms for every day of the Olympics.

26 Feb 2019 - 3:51PM

There will an estimated average shortfall of 14,000 hotel rooms for every day of the Olympics.

Tokyo prepares to turn cruise liners into floating hotels to accommodate 2020 Olympics crowds
Okinawa residents are poised to vote against relocation of US base in referendum but will the result matter?

Residents have asked for some of the bases to be moved, with resentment growing after a string of accidents and crimes committed by US personnel.

23 Feb 2019 - 10:11PM

Residents have asked for some of the bases to be moved, with resentment growing after a string of accidents and crimes committed by US personnel.

Okinawa residents are poised to vote against relocation of US base in referendum but will the result matter?
Japanese police arrest man who took Wagyu cattle sperm to China, as demand for ‘Rolls-Royce of beef’ pushes prices up

Demand for Wagyu, known as the ‘Rolls-Royce of beef’, is surging and Japanese producers have reported a sharp rise in exports.

22 Feb 2019 - 9:50PM

Demand for Wagyu, known as the ‘Rolls-Royce of beef’, is surging and Japanese producers have reported a sharp rise in exports.

Japanese police arrest man who took Wagyu cattle sperm to China, as demand for ‘Rolls-Royce of beef’ pushes prices up
‘Purely coincidental’: No, Uniqlo’s new Military Jacket not inspired by Chairman Mao, says company

A jacket from Uniqlo’s latest spring collection is turning heads for its design which evokes the sartorial sensibilities of historical Communist dictators.

21 Feb 2019 - 11:37AM

A jacket from Uniqlo’s latest spring collection is turning heads for its design which evokes the sartorial sensibilities of historical Communist dictators.

‘Purely coincidental’: No, Uniqlo’s new Military Jacket not inspired by Chairman Mao, says company