Julian Ryall

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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China and Russia challenge Japan; Kevin Rudd on Aukus, China and war
22 Oct 2021 - 4:32PM
Grandfather of Japan’s Princess Mako rushed to hospital days before her wedding to Kei Komuro

Japanese netizens have suggested the controversy surrounding Mako’s choice of husband has caused her maternal grandfather to become hospitalised.

Japanese netizens have suggested the controversy surrounding Mako’s choice of husband has caused her maternal grandfather to become hospitalised.

Grandfather of Japan’s Princess Mako rushed to hospital days before her wedding to Kei Komuro
21 Oct 2021 - 9:45PM
Japanese whiskey made from home-grown corn will take on Kentucky bourbon

Corn from Hokkaido prefecture will be used to make whisky powerhouse Japan’s first corn-based whiskey, distilled the same way as bourbon – the barrel-aged spirit produced in Kentucky in the US.

Corn from Hokkaido prefecture will be used to make whisky powerhouse Japan’s first corn-based whiskey, distilled the same way as bourbon – the barrel-aged spirit produced in Kentucky in the US.

Japanese whiskey made from home-grown corn will take on Kentucky bourbon
19 Oct 2021 - 7:23PM
Britain sells part of Tokyo embassy compound near imperial palace for luxury flat development

The UK is selling a portion of its embassy in Japan to real estate developer Mitsubishi. Proceeds will go to upgrading UK missions in the Indo-Pacific.

The UK is selling a portion of its embassy in Japan to real estate developer Mitsubishi. Proceeds will go to upgrading UK missions in the Indo-Pacific.

Britain sells part of Tokyo embassy compound near imperial palace for luxury flat development
20 Oct 2021 - 10:05PM
Chinese, Russian navies jointly traverse Japan strait regarded as high seas after military drill

Chinese and Russian vessels have for the first time jointly traversed the Tsugaru Strait in between Honshu and Hokkaido islands.

Chinese and Russian vessels have for the first time jointly traversed the Tsugaru Strait in between Honshu and Hokkaido islands.

Chinese, Russian navies jointly traverse Japan strait regarded as high seas after military drill
19 Oct 2021 - 9:08PM
From fairy tale to ponytail, controversy over Japan’s royal wedding continues

Princess and her ‘commoner’ fiancé meet again in person after three years apart, days before their marriage.

Princess and her ‘commoner’ fiancé meet again in person after three years apart, days before their marriage.

From fairy tale to ponytail, controversy over Japan’s royal wedding continues
18 Oct 2021 - 9:59PM
Japan’s return to nuclear power faces test as new leader Kishida visits Fukushima

The new leader has committed to restarting plants mothballed since the 2011 meltdown, but public opposition and his own upbringing in Hiroshima may test his resolve

The new leader has committed to restarting plants mothballed since the 2011 meltdown, but public opposition and his own upbringing in Hiroshima may test his resolve

Japan’s return to nuclear power faces test as new leader Kishida visits Fukushima
17 Oct 2021 - 8:00AM
PM Kishida tells voters only LDP can keep Japan safe from security threats, ahead of October 31 poll

China’s military assertiveness and nuclear-armed North Korea are Japan’s main causes of concern, with the leader intending to double defence spending to appeal to conservatives.

China’s military assertiveness and nuclear-armed North Korea are Japan’s main causes of concern, with the leader intending to double defence spending to appeal to conservatives.

PM Kishida tells voters only LDP can keep Japan safe from security threats, ahead of October 31 poll
15 Oct 2021 - 9:19PM
Japan reports sighting of missile aboard North Korean ship in its waters

The coastguard says the weapon identified was either a Russian-made SA-16 surface-to-air missile or a North Korean copy of the weapon.

The coastguard says the weapon identified was either a Russian-made SA-16 surface-to-air missile or a North Korean copy of the weapon.

Japan reports sighting of missile aboard North Korean ship in its waters
7 Oct 2021 - 9:52PM
First Japan-UK submarine warfare exercise held with China in its sights

A first-of-its kind joint exercise in Japanese waters saw Britain and Japan put each other’s navies through their paces recently in service of a ‘free and open Indo-Pacific’.

A first-of-its kind joint exercise in Japanese waters saw Britain and Japan put each other’s navies through their paces recently in service of a ‘free and open Indo-Pacific’.

First Japan-UK submarine warfare exercise held with China in its sights
6 Oct 2021 - 10:55PM
Attack on Chinese businessman in Japan prompts hunt for alleged assailants

A trading firm owner in Tokyo told police two Chinese-speaking men assaulted him and later took off with US$985,600.

A trading firm owner in Tokyo told police two Chinese-speaking men assaulted him and later took off with US$985,600.

Attack on Chinese businessman in Japan prompts hunt for alleged assailants
6 Oct 2021 - 10:11PM
Message for China as Japan’s new prime minister Fumio Kishida gets Biden’s pledge of US support in East China Sea

Kishida’s hawkish stance on China includes questioning its suitability to join the CPTPP and creating a new ministerial post for economic security in what some perceive to be a ‘slap in the face’ for Beijing.

Kishida’s hawkish stance on China includes questioning its suitability to join the CPTPP and creating a new ministerial post for economic security in what some perceive to be a ‘slap in the face’ for Beijing.

Message for China as Japan’s new prime minister Fumio Kishida gets Biden’s pledge of US support in East China Sea
7 Oct 2021 - 8:53PM
Japan records surge in upskirt photography, perverts ‘bored’ amid pandemic to blame, experts say

‘Closure of sex businesses, better equipment’ to blame for more illegal pictures.

‘Closure of sex businesses, better equipment’ to blame for more illegal pictures.

Japan records surge in upskirt photography, perverts ‘bored’ amid pandemic to blame, experts say
2 Oct 2021 - 10:24PM
Japan’s Princess Mako suffering PTSD over media coverage as October 26 date set for marriage to commoner Kei Komuro

Princess Mako’s marriage to Kei Komuro is to take place on October 26, the Imperial Household Agency has said.

Princess Mako’s marriage to Kei Komuro is to take place on October 26, the Imperial Household Agency has said.

Japan’s Princess Mako suffering PTSD over media coverage as October 26 date set for marriage to commoner Kei Komuro
1 Oct 2021 - 9:50PM
Japan unprepared for Taiwan crisis fallout if China pursues ‘military reunification’ route: ex-navy chief

Yoji Koda, who retired from the Maritime Self-Defence Forces in 2008, says Japanese policymakers and people should prepare for conflict between the US and China in the Taiwan Strait.

Yoji Koda, who retired from the Maritime Self-Defence Forces in 2008, says Japanese policymakers and people should prepare for conflict between the US and China in the Taiwan Strait.

Japan unprepared for Taiwan crisis fallout if China pursues ‘military reunification’ route: ex-navy chief
30 Sep 2021 - 10:27PM
Fumio Kishida: LDP’s pick for Japan PM won’t ‘rock the boat’ on US and China, experts say

Ex-foreign minister Fumio Kishida defeated popular vaccine minister Taro Kono after the ruling party’s stalwarts voted for continuity.

Ex-foreign minister Fumio Kishida defeated popular vaccine minister Taro Kono after the ruling party’s stalwarts voted for continuity.

Fumio Kishida: LDP’s pick for Japan PM won’t ‘rock the boat’ on US and China, experts say
7 Oct 2021 - 10:29PM
Tod’s Gommino loafers reinvented in a Hender Scheme collaboration unveiled at Milan Fashion Week

The knobbly-soled Tod’s loafer gets a modern makeover with even bigger bobbles in a gender-neutral collection produced in collaboration with Ryo Kashiwazaki’s Hender Scheme.

The knobbly-soled Tod’s loafer gets a modern makeover with even bigger bobbles in a gender-neutral collection produced in collaboration with Ryo Kashiwazaki’s Hender Scheme.

Tod’s Gommino loafers reinvented in a Hender Scheme collaboration unveiled at Milan Fashion Week
29 Sep 2021 - 1:03PM
Japan’s media frenzy over Princess Mako’s fiancé Kei Komuro has shades of Harry and Meghan

Lights, cameras, helicopters: the media circus surrounding the return of Kei Komuro to Japan ahead of his marriage to Princess Mako has sparked a media circus and suggestions of a parallel to Harry and Meghan.

Lights, cameras, helicopters: the media circus surrounding the return of Kei Komuro to Japan ahead of his marriage to Princess Mako has sparked a media circus and suggestions of a parallel to Harry and Meghan.

Japan’s media frenzy over Princess Mako’s fiancé Kei Komuro has shades of Harry and Meghan
4 Oct 2021 - 2:45PM
Japan strengthens hold on semiconductor raw materials amid global chip shortage

Japanese manufacturers are carving out an advantage at a time of deepening geopolitical concerns for other producers such as Taiwan and South Korea.

Japanese manufacturers are carving out an advantage at a time of deepening geopolitical concerns for other producers such as Taiwan and South Korea.

Japan strengthens hold on semiconductor raw materials amid global chip shortage
28 Sep 2021 - 10:48PM
Japan’s ‘Iron Lady’ Sanae Takaichi focuses on Taiwan, US in appeal to China hawks before LDP vote

Takaichi is looking to burnish her credentials with conservatives before the ruling party’s election next week, the winner of which is likely to be Japan’s next prime minister.

Takaichi is looking to burnish her credentials with conservatives before the ruling party’s election next week, the winner of which is likely to be Japan’s next prime minister.

Japan’s ‘Iron Lady’ Sanae Takaichi focuses on Taiwan, US in appeal to China hawks before LDP vote
21 Sep 2021 - 8:47PM
China’s space breakthroughs put a rocket under Japan

Tokyo is driven not only by a desire to compete with Beijing, but by an increasing realisation of the commercial potential of space, experts say.

Tokyo is driven not only by a desire to compete with Beijing, but by an increasing realisation of the commercial potential of space, experts say.

China’s space breakthroughs put a rocket under Japan
20 Sep 2021 - 9:00PM
Is Russia stirring memories of Japanese war crimes to get close to China?

Japanese conservatives accuse Russia of an ulterior motive in sponsoring a re-examination of the 1949 war crime trials of 12 men from Japan’s biowarfare Unit 731.

Japanese conservatives accuse Russia of an ulterior motive in sponsoring a re-examination of the 1949 war crime trials of 12 men from Japan’s biowarfare Unit 731.

Is Russia stirring memories of Japanese war crimes to get close to China?
18 Sep 2021 - 9:52PM
Japan sends message to China, US with largest military drill in 30 years

Analysts say the large-scale exercise will give Japan some much-needed logistical experience, while signalling to rival Beijing and ally Washington that it is ready to protect itself.

Analysts say the large-scale exercise will give Japan some much-needed logistical experience, while signalling to rival Beijing and ally Washington that it is ready to protect itself.

Japan sends message to China, US with largest military drill in 30 years
16 Sep 2021 - 8:20PM
Japan tracks Chinese destroyer and suspected submarine on edge of its waters

China’s military may be probing areas where its forces ‘may, in the future, be involved in combat’, expert says.

China’s military may be probing areas where its forces ‘may, in the future, be involved in combat’, expert says.

Japan tracks Chinese destroyer and suspected submarine on edge of its waters
13 Sep 2021 - 4:32PM
What’s driving Japan’s incel violence and South Korea’s ‘semen terrorism’?

In both countries, a toxic mix of intense social isolation and changing gender dynamics has contributed to several cases of men violently targeting women.

In both countries, a toxic mix of intense social isolation and changing gender dynamics has contributed to several cases of men violently targeting women.

What’s driving Japan’s incel violence and South Korea’s ‘semen terrorism’?
20 Sep 2021 - 4:51PM
Military diaries indicate Japan’s Emperor Hirohito backed Pearl Harbour attack

Historians say the documents, belonging to Admiral Saburo Hyukutake, run counter to the widely held understanding in the country that Hirohito was reluctant about becoming embroiled in a war.

Historians say the documents, belonging to Admiral Saburo Hyukutake, run counter to the widely held understanding in the country that Hirohito was reluctant about becoming embroiled in a war.

Military diaries indicate Japan’s Emperor Hirohito backed Pearl Harbour attack
11 Sep 2021 - 9:13PM
Japanese company that exported machinery capable of making bio-weapons to China sues over arrests

Three officials at a Yokohama company were arrested for shipping spray dryers which can also make biological agents, as Japan cracks down on such exports.

Three officials at a Yokohama company were arrested for shipping spray dryers which can also make biological agents, as Japan cracks down on such exports.

Japanese company that exported machinery capable of making bio-weapons to China sues over arrests
9 Sep 2021 - 5:33PM
I left Japan for North Korea expecting paradise, and was trapped for 43 years

Eiko Kawasaki was 17 when propaganda lured her to her family’s homeland. Expecting paradise, she experienced famine, ostracisation and the death of her husband.

Eiko Kawasaki was 17 when propaganda lured her to her family’s homeland. Expecting paradise, she experienced famine, ostracisation and the death of her husband.

I left Japan for North Korea expecting paradise, and was trapped for 43 years
8 Sep 2021 - 8:29PM
Japanese blast China’s decision to close Tang Little Kyoto project as ‘jealous’ and ‘racist’

Chinese authorities in Dalian have come under fire for closing a vast replica of the ancient Japanese capital on the grounds it was a ‘cultural invasion’.

Chinese authorities in Dalian have come under fire for closing a vast replica of the ancient Japanese capital on the grounds it was a ‘cultural invasion’.

Japanese blast China’s decision to close Tang Little Kyoto project as ‘jealous’ and ‘racist’
7 Sep 2021 - 9:20PM
Japan counts the cost of Tokyo Olympics waste after dumping medical supplies, food

Games organisers last week issued an apology for ‘mismanaging’ medical equipment that was stockpiled before being thrown away unused.

Games organisers last week issued an apology for ‘mismanaging’ medical equipment that was stockpiled before being thrown away unused.

Japan counts the cost of Tokyo Olympics waste after dumping medical supplies, food
10 Sep 2021 - 7:53PM