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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Police in Japan investigating after manes of famous racehorses partially cut off, one put up for sale online

Japanese police are investigating cases of animal mutilation after several famous racehorses had lengths of their manes carefully cut off.

20 Sep 2019 - 4:42PM

Japanese police are investigating cases of animal mutilation after several famous racehorses had lengths of their manes carefully cut off.

Police in Japan investigating after manes of famous racehorses partially cut off, one put up for sale online
Japan and US drills simulate response to a seaborne invasion, reflecting anxieties about China

The military exercises underline Japan’s resolve to protect the integrity of its territory, against the backdrop of its long-running dispute with China over the sovereignty of a small archipelago in waters between the nations.

19 Sep 2019 - 9:49PM

The military exercises underline Japan’s resolve to protect the integrity of its territory, against the backdrop of its long-running dispute with China over the sovereignty of a small archipelago in waters between the nations.

Japan and US drills simulate response to a seaborne invasion, reflecting anxieties about China
Japan’s tabloid media accused of racism towards South Korea as tourism dives

A Japanese newspaper has accused the nation’s tabloid media of racism and stirring up hatred in its coverage of the country’s ongoing diplomatic spat with South Korea, as the number of South Koreans visiting Japan dropped by nearly a half.

18 Sep 2019 - 6:27PM

A Japanese newspaper has accused the nation’s tabloid media of racism and stirring up hatred in its coverage of the country’s ongoing diplomatic spat with South Korea, as the number of South Koreans visiting Japan dropped by nearly a half.

Japan’s tabloid media accused of racism towards South Korea as tourism dives
In Japan, rising numbers of parents are harming their children. Why?

A spate of shocking attacks on youngsters by their carers has left Japan struggling to comprehend the reasons in a society known for its low crime rate.

16 Sep 2019 - 10:25AM

A spate of shocking attacks on youngsters by their carers has left Japan struggling to comprehend the reasons in a society known for its low crime rate.

In Japan, rising numbers of parents are harming their children. Why?
South Korea’s complaints about Rising Sun ‘war crime flag’ fall on deaf ears in Japan

Seoul has asked for the 16-rayed flag – often associated with World War Two and the Imperial Japanese Army – to be banned from next year’s Olympic Games in Tokyo.

12 Sep 2019 - 3:50PM

Seoul has asked for the 16-rayed flag – often associated with World War Two and the Imperial Japanese Army – to be banned from next year’s Olympic Games in Tokyo.

South Korea’s complaints about Rising Sun ‘war crime flag’ fall on deaf ears in Japan
Japan’s yakuza are being arrested for poaching fish. Are they all washed up?

As gangs memberships dwindle and the public sees them as an anachronism, a police crackdown has seen members of the underworld, usually associated with violent protection rackets and narcotics, turn to illegal fishing.

8 Sep 2019 - 9:36PM

As gangs memberships dwindle and the public sees them as an anachronism, a police crackdown has seen members of the underworld, usually associated with violent protection rackets and narcotics, turn to illegal fishing.

Japan’s yakuza are being arrested for poaching fish. Are they all washed up?
Is Japan distancing itself from ‘reconciliation visits’ by families of American POWs?

Descendants of US POWs have had visits curtailed, prompting one advocate to claim Tokyo plans to scale back such visits and downplay its wartime past.

4 Sep 2019 - 6:00PM

Descendants of US POWs have had visits curtailed, prompting one advocate to claim Tokyo plans to scale back such visits and downplay its wartime past.

Is Japan distancing itself from ‘reconciliation visits’ by families of American POWs?
Japanese police seek tougher road rage laws, as reckless driving soars

Frustrated with a rising number of road rage incidents and the lack of an effective deterrent under current laws, police in Japan have called for new legislation with stiffer sentences for road rage offenders.

3 Sep 2019 - 7:11PM

Frustrated with a rising number of road rage incidents and the lack of an effective deterrent under current laws, police in Japan have called for new legislation with stiffer sentences for road rage offenders.

Japanese police seek tougher road rage laws, as reckless driving soars
Korean DMZ Peace Trail hike offers a soldier’s-eye view of world’s most heavily fortified border

Three new walking routes offer a rare opportunity to witness the military might that has helped maintain an uneasy peace between North and South.

24 Aug 2019 - 10:15AM

Three new walking routes offer a rare opportunity to witness the military might that has helped maintain an uneasy peace between North and South.

Korean DMZ Peace Trail hike offers a soldier’s-eye view of world’s most heavily fortified border
‘One has to be an individual’: GQ Japan editor, 70, on bourgeois dress codes undermined, and wearing two watches

‘One has to dress individually,’ says Masafumi Suzuki, who wears ties as a form of protest and suit trousers that end at the knee. He talks about the optimism of Thom Browne, English idiosyncrasy and Virgil Abloh as revolutionary.

19 Aug 2019 - 6:09PM

‘One has to dress individually,’ says Masafumi Suzuki, who wears ties as a form of protest and suit trousers that end at the knee. He talks about the optimism of Thom Browne, English idiosyncrasy and Virgil Abloh as revolutionary.

‘One has to be an individual’: GQ Japan editor, 70, on bourgeois dress codes undermined, and wearing two watches
The story of Muji: how minimalist ethos focused on quality and simplicity spawned a global lifestyle empire

From its start in 1980, the Japanese brand has had a minimalist ethos focused on quality, simplicity and low prices. Today its lifestyle stores span the developed world and it has begun opening hotels as competition from Chinese copycats rises.

17 Aug 2019 - 6:39PM

From its start in 1980, the Japanese brand has had a minimalist ethos focused on quality, simplicity and low prices. Today its lifestyle stores span the developed world and it has begun opening hotels as competition from Chinese copycats rises.

The story of Muji: how minimalist ethos focused on quality and simplicity spawned a global lifestyle empire
Tea and scones in Japan? Exploring a 19th-century diplomats’ summer retreat in Okunikko

On the shores of beautiful Lake Chuzenji, near Nikko, former embassy villas have become museums, tea rooms and event spaces.

21 Aug 2019 - 5:09PM

On the shores of beautiful Lake Chuzenji, near Nikko, former embassy villas have become museums, tea rooms and event spaces.

Tea and scones in Japan? Exploring a 19th-century diplomats’ summer retreat in Okunikko
Japan’s worst summer ever: how grey skies and economic concerns have rained on holidaymakers’ parade

Japan’s beaches, parks and swimming pools would normally be packed with holidaymakers enjoying the sunshine – but not this year.

24 Jul 2019 - 11:20PM

Japan’s beaches, parks and swimming pools would normally be packed with holidaymakers enjoying the sunshine – but not this year.

Japan’s worst summer ever: how grey skies and economic concerns have rained on holidaymakers’ parade
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