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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Japanese carmakers can’t shake off fears of Donald Trump’s tariff threats

Suggestions Washington and Tokyo could announce a trade deal later this year haven’t eased fears of Japanese car firms.

20 Jul 2019 - 5:11PM

Suggestions Washington and Tokyo could announce a trade deal later this year haven’t eased fears of Japanese car firms.

Japanese carmakers can’t shake off fears of Donald Trump’s tariff threats
Minor party candidates in Japan’s upper house election bank on single issues, colourful personality, to woo voters

A deaf woman and LGBT representatives are among those vying for the 124 seats up for grabs in Sunday’s election.

20 Jul 2019 - 11:33PM

A deaf woman and LGBT representatives are among those vying for the 124 seats up for grabs in Sunday’s election.

Minor party candidates in Japan’s upper house election bank on single issues, colourful personality, to woo voters
Japan shoots for moon with Toyota rover plans – joining US, China, India on lunar quest

Amid renewed global interest in moon exploration, the carmaking giant has unveiled a road map to develop a extraterrestrial vehicle for the country’s space agency, which wants it on the lunar surface by 2029.

18 Jul 2019 - 11:37AM

Amid renewed global interest in moon exploration, the carmaking giant has unveiled a road map to develop a extraterrestrial vehicle for the country’s space agency, which wants it on the lunar surface by 2029.

Japan shoots for moon with Toyota rover plans – joining US, China, India on lunar quest
As the Japanese population shrinks, Chinese, South Koreans and Vietnamese arrive in growing numbers

Deaths outnumber births year on year, contributing to Japan’s demographic crisis. But more relaxed employment regulations mean more foreign nationals than ever call Japan home.

16 Jul 2019 - 11:53AM

Deaths outnumber births year on year, contributing to Japan’s demographic crisis. But more relaxed employment regulations mean more foreign nationals than ever call Japan home.

As the Japanese population shrinks, Chinese, South Koreans and Vietnamese arrive in growing numbers
South Korea braces for more export curbs as Moon Jae-in warns of ‘greater damage’ to Japan’s economy

Tokyo could next week remove Seoul from its ‘white list’ of trusted trade partners and expand export restrictions to a further 40 categories of products.

15 Jul 2019 - 9:58PM

Tokyo could next week remove Seoul from its ‘white list’ of trusted trade partners and expand export restrictions to a further 40 categories of products.

South Korea braces for more export curbs as Moon Jae-in warns of ‘greater damage’ to Japan’s economy
Chinese man who smuggled one bottle of North Korean beer into Japan charged for breaching sanctions

Teenager concealed a bottle of Taedonggang beer in his luggage before boarding a flight from Shanghai to Japan, in the hope of selling it for a premium online

16 Jul 2019 - 11:51AM

Teenager concealed a bottle of Taedonggang beer in his luggage before boarding a flight from Shanghai to Japan, in the hope of selling it for a premium online

Chinese man who smuggled one bottle of North Korean beer into Japan charged for breaching sanctions
Pyongyang calling: how North Korea pressures defectors to the South

Ju Gyung-bae’s sister defected to South Korea but was pressured to return. She turned herself in at the North Korean embassy in Beijing.

14 Jul 2019 - 4:14PM

Ju Gyung-bae’s sister defected to South Korea but was pressured to return. She turned herself in at the North Korean embassy in Beijing.

Pyongyang calling: how North Korea pressures defectors to the South
Stabbed 60 times: Japanese pop idol Mayu Tomita sues police for inaction over obsessed fan, as stalking cases rise in the country

The pop idol was stalked and attacked by an obsessed fan even after she told police about the hundreds of death threats she received from him.

13 Jul 2019 - 9:27AM

The pop idol was stalked and attacked by an obsessed fan even after she told police about the hundreds of death threats she received from him.

Stabbed 60 times: Japanese pop idol Mayu Tomita sues police for inaction over obsessed fan, as stalking cases rise in the country
Japan rules out relaxing curbs on hi-tech materials exported to South Korea and hints at further restrictions

An analyst described Tokyo’s refusal to back down as being ‘straight out of Donald Trump’s playbook’.

9 Jul 2019 - 7:44PM

An analyst described Tokyo’s refusal to back down as being ‘straight out of Donald Trump’s playbook’.

Japan rules out relaxing curbs on hi-tech materials exported to South Korea and hints at further restrictions
Fashion celebrity and Instagram star Japanese grandfather, 84, shows age is no barrier to being hip

When ‘Silver’ Tetsuya’s grandson asked him if he’d dress with a bit more daring, the 84-year-old happily obliged. Now he has 100,000 Instagram followers. ‘I’m enjoying life without being too conscious about getting old,’ he says.

9 Jul 2019 - 6:43PM

When ‘Silver’ Tetsuya’s grandson asked him if he’d dress with a bit more daring, the 84-year-old happily obliged. Now he has 100,000 Instagram followers. ‘I’m enjoying life without being too conscious about getting old,’ he says.

Fashion celebrity and Instagram star Japanese grandfather, 84, shows age is no barrier to being hip
Will handing over of Japan’s Aum Shinrikyo founder Shoko Asahara’s ashes to family lead to group’s comeback?

One year after the execution of the mastermind behind the deadly 1995 sarin gas attack in Tokyo, Asahara’s daughter is embroiled in a court fight with her family members for his ashes.

6 Jul 2019 - 10:11PM

One year after the execution of the mastermind behind the deadly 1995 sarin gas attack in Tokyo, Asahara’s daughter is embroiled in a court fight with her family members for his ashes.

Will handing over of Japan’s Aum Shinrikyo founder Shoko Asahara’s ashes to family lead to group’s comeback?
No OLED screens for Japan if trade dispute is ‘pushed to extreme’, South Korean engineering expert warns

The comments by chips expert Park Jea-gun came as Seoul said it would retaliate after Tokyo restricted exports of chemicals critical to South Korea’s production of mobile phone displays and semiconductors.

6 Jul 2019 - 7:20AM

The comments by chips expert Park Jea-gun came as Seoul said it would retaliate after Tokyo restricted exports of chemicals critical to South Korea’s production of mobile phone displays and semiconductors.

No OLED screens for Japan if trade dispute is ‘pushed to extreme’, South Korean engineering expert warns
South Koreans call for boycott of Japanese cars, beer and cosmetics as ‘trade war’ intensifies

Japan this week announced restrictions on hi-tech materials exported to South Korea, as both countries remain locked in a row over forced labour. On social media, there are calls for South Koreans to avoid Japanese cars, beer, cosmetics and clothes and at least 17,000 people have signed a petition supporting ‘economic retaliation’.

5 Jul 2019 - 7:02PM

Japan this week announced restrictions on hi-tech materials exported to South Korea, as both countries remain locked in a row over forced labour. On social media, there are calls for South Koreans to avoid Japanese cars, beer, cosmetics and clothes and at least 17,000 people have signed a petition supporting ‘economic retaliation’.

South Koreans call for boycott of Japanese cars, beer and cosmetics as ‘trade war’ intensifies
Japan braces for deadly storm after ordering 1 million people evacuated from country’s south

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has urged ‘please take action to protect your lives’ as residents warned of flooding, storm surges and landslides.

3 Jul 2019 - 11:04PM

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has urged ‘please take action to protect your lives’ as residents warned of flooding, storm surges and landslides.

Japan braces for deadly storm after ordering 1 million people evacuated from country’s south
Japan-South Korea ‘trade war’: has Tokyo shot itself in foot?

Japan is to restrict exports to South Korea of three key materials used in smartphone displays and chips as bilateral ties take turn for the worse. For Tokyo, it sounds like a good short-term strategy. But in the long term?

3 Jul 2019 - 12:48PM

Japan is to restrict exports to South Korea of three key materials used in smartphone displays and chips as bilateral ties take turn for the worse. For Tokyo, it sounds like a good short-term strategy. But in the long term?

Japan-South Korea ‘trade war’: has Tokyo shot itself in foot?
Japan to import Ebola and other deadly viruses as scientists prepare for Tokyo Olympics and Rugby World Cup

Experts want to study the viruses in preparation for the upcoming Rugby World Cup and next year’s Tokyo Olympic Games but residents are less enthusiastic.

3 Jul 2019 - 1:12PM

Experts want to study the viruses in preparation for the upcoming Rugby World Cup and next year’s Tokyo Olympic Games but residents are less enthusiastic.

Japan to import Ebola and other deadly viruses as scientists prepare for Tokyo Olympics and Rugby World Cup
Kim Kardashian urged by Kyoto mayor to reconsider ‘Kimono’ as the name for her new shapewear line

Backlash against Kardashian was swift, with many social media users accusing her of cultural appropriation.

1 Jul 2019 - 2:43PM

Backlash against Kardashian was swift, with many social media users accusing her of cultural appropriation.

Kim Kardashian urged by Kyoto mayor to reconsider ‘Kimono’ as the name for her new shapewear line
Cafe Yeonnam-Dong 223-14 in Seoul is a cartoon-themed Instagrammer’s dream

Cafe Yeonnam-Dong 223-14, located in an up-and-coming neighbourhood in South Korea’s capital, was inspired by TV show in which the characters are caught partway between the real world and a cartoon existence.

29 Jun 2019 - 10:46AM

Cafe Yeonnam-Dong 223-14, located in an up-and-coming neighbourhood in South Korea’s capital, was inspired by TV show in which the characters are caught partway between the real world and a cartoon existence.

Cafe Yeonnam-Dong 223-14 in Seoul is a cartoon-themed Instagrammer’s dream
North Korea takes offence to Japanese naval exercises – to curry favour with Xi Jinping and China

In a bid to show its support before a defence treaty with Beijing expires in 2021, Pyongyang has called the drills a reminder of Japan’s imperial past – words that come as bilateral ties warm following Xi’s visit to the North in early June.

28 Jun 2019 - 7:27PM

In a bid to show its support before a defence treaty with Beijing expires in 2021, Pyongyang has called the drills a reminder of Japan’s imperial past – words that come as bilateral ties warm following Xi’s visit to the North in early June.

North Korea takes offence to Japanese naval exercises – to curry favour with Xi Jinping and China
Trump’s complaints over Japan security treaty ‘music to ears’ of China and North Korea

The US ambassador to Japan denied reports Trump was considering pulling out of the 1951 agreement, only to later be undermined by the president’s claim that Tokyo is ‘taking advantage’ of Washington.

27 Jun 2019 - 11:23PM

The US ambassador to Japan denied reports Trump was considering pulling out of the 1951 agreement, only to later be undermined by the president’s claim that Tokyo is ‘taking advantage’ of Washington.

Trump’s complaints over Japan security treaty ‘music to ears’ of China and North Korea
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.

26 Jun 2019 - 8:57PM

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