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 coronavirus: Japanese evacuees describe confusion in Wuhan as infection spread

Passengers describe creeping sense of panic in Chinese city as transport systems shut down and number of patients increased.

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Passengers describe creeping sense of panic in Chinese city as transport systems shut down and number of patients increased.

China coronavirus: Japanese evacuees describe confusion in Wuhan as infection spread
China coronavirus: Thailand, Japan or Singapore, which Asian tourist destination will take the biggest hit?

Chinese foreign travel has increased tenfold since 2003 and underwriting other Asian tourism industries which have been hit hard by the virus.

29 Jan 2020 - 9:05AM

Chinese foreign travel has increased tenfold since 2003 and underwriting other Asian tourism industries which have been hit hard by the virus.

China coronavirus: Thailand, Japan or Singapore, which Asian tourist destination will take the biggest hit?
In Japan, fears grow that Chinese academic has been detained on the mainland

Yuan Keqin, who teaches at the Hokkaido University of Education, has been missing since June when he returned for his mother’s funeral in Changchun.

27 Jan 2020 - 9:46PM

Yuan Keqin, who teaches at the Hokkaido University of Education, has been missing since June when he returned for his mother’s funeral in Changchun.

In Japan, fears grow that Chinese academic has been detained on the mainland
Japan wants Britain to extradite three suspects, amid Ghosn’s accusations of unfair treatment

The former Nissan chairman says Japanese authorities contravened his human rights, including questioning him without a lawyer present, raising questions over Tokyo’s treatment of criminal suspects.

22 Jan 2020 - 5:05PM

The former Nissan chairman says Japanese authorities contravened his human rights, including questioning him without a lawyer present, raising questions over Tokyo’s treatment of criminal suspects.

Japan wants Britain to extradite three suspects, amid Ghosn’s accusations of unfair treatment
‘No Chinese allowed’: Japanese shop criticised for coronavirus sign

A tourism centre in Hakone has apologised to Chinese tourists after a shop owner barred their entry on the grounds they might spread the virus.

22 Jan 2020 - 4:49PM

A tourism centre in Hakone has apologised to Chinese tourists after a shop owner barred their entry on the grounds they might spread the virus.

‘No Chinese allowed’: Japanese shop criticised for coronavirus sign
The Okura Tokyo lives twice: remaking Japan’s iconic hotel

Elements of the historic old hotel – which hosted James Bond in You Only Live Twice but turned away Cary Grant in Walk, Don’t Run – return in its glamorous new incarnation.

21 Jan 2020 - 10:43AM

Elements of the historic old hotel – which hosted James Bond in You Only Live Twice but turned away Cary Grant in Walk, Don’t Run – return in its glamorous new incarnation.

The Okura Tokyo lives twice: remaking Japan’s iconic hotel
Chinese Communist Party’s ‘chauvinism’ a threat to peace: Japanese counterpart

Japan’s Communist Party is distancing itself from the CCP ahead of Chinese President Xi Jinping’s visit to Tokyo this year.

21 Jan 2020 - 7:34PM

Japan’s Communist Party is distancing itself from the CCP ahead of Chinese President Xi Jinping’s visit to Tokyo this year.

Chinese Communist Party’s ‘chauvinism’ a threat to peace: Japanese counterpart
Why are Russians twice as likely to kill themselves as Japanese?

Fewer than 20,000 people took their own lives in 2019, the lowest total since statistics on the issue were first collected in 1978.

21 Jan 2020 - 2:25PM

Fewer than 20,000 people took their own lives in 2019, the lowest total since statistics on the issue were first collected in 1978.

Why are Russians twice as likely to kill themselves as Japanese?
Japan’s Mitsubishi Electric targeted in cyberattack blamed on Chinese hackers

Mitsubishi Electric, a major defence and electronics firm in Japan, said no sensitive information had been compromised.

20 Jan 2020 - 9:33PM

Mitsubishi Electric, a major defence and electronics firm in Japan, said no sensitive information had been compromised.

Japan’s Mitsubishi Electric targeted in cyberattack blamed on Chinese hackers
Fashion that’s out of this world: made of plastic ink fired from a 3D pen, Japanese nurse’s designs marry glamour and tech

John Galliano and Martin Margiela were her early inspirations, now it’s the psychiatric patients she nurses in Hokkaido, Japan. Seiran Tsuno creates extraordinary clothes out of plastic ink using a 3D pen. She’s not sold any yet, but her grandmother models them.

21 Jan 2020 - 7:21PM

John Galliano and Martin Margiela were her early inspirations, now it’s the psychiatric patients she nurses in Hokkaido, Japan. Seiran Tsuno creates extraordinary clothes out of plastic ink using a 3D pen. She’s not sold any yet, but her grandmother models them.

Fashion that’s out of this world: made of plastic ink fired from a 3D pen, Japanese nurse’s designs marry glamour and tech
‘Least snow I’ve seen in my life’: climate change in Japan worries experts and tourism operators

The city of Sapporo is having to truck in snow for its annual festival, while some ski resorts have closed early in Hokkaido’s mildest winter on record.

17 Jan 2020 - 8:57PM

The city of Sapporo is having to truck in snow for its annual festival, while some ski resorts have closed early in Hokkaido’s mildest winter on record.

‘Least snow I’ve seen in my life’: climate change in Japan worries experts and tourism operators
Wuhan virus: Japan case puts Asian health authorities on high alert before Lunar New Year

It is the second case outside China after a diagnosis in Thailand. Vietnam has placed two men in isolation and Indonesia has intensified airport screenings.

22 Jan 2020 - 4:49PM

It is the second case outside China after a diagnosis in Thailand. Vietnam has placed two men in isolation and Indonesia has intensified airport screenings.

Wuhan virus: Japan case puts Asian health authorities on high alert before Lunar New Year
Japan moves to prevent Chinese spying on its seabed

Tokyo is enlisting the help of civilian ships and domestic companies to keep an eye on vessels within its waters after becoming suspicious of the activities of Chinese research ships.

15 Jan 2020 - 9:19PM

Tokyo is enlisting the help of civilian ships and domestic companies to keep an eye on vessels within its waters after becoming suspicious of the activities of Chinese research ships.

Japan moves to prevent Chinese spying on its seabed
Japan’s Watatsumi Shrine bans foreigners after vandalism and alleged death threat against priest

The ban is likely to disrupt Tsushima’s tourism industry, which relies heavily on Korean visitors, whose numbers have slumped as ties between the nations soured

14 Jan 2020 - 9:05PM

The ban is likely to disrupt Tsushima’s tourism industry, which relies heavily on Korean visitors, whose numbers have slumped as ties between the nations soured

Japan’s Watatsumi Shrine bans foreigners after vandalism and alleged death threat against priest
As Japan welcomes Taiwan’s election result, Abe also wary of upsetting Beijing

While the Japanese government has warmly welcomed Tsai Ing-wen’s landslide election victory in Taiwan, it is also mindful of antagonising Beijing.

13 Jan 2020 - 10:47PM

While the Japanese government has warmly welcomed Tsai Ing-wen’s landslide election victory in Taiwan, it is also mindful of antagonising Beijing.

As Japan welcomes Taiwan’s election result, Abe also wary of upsetting Beijing
As South Korean courts chase Japanese firms for wartime claims, will Abe retaliate?

South Korea’s top court is moving to liquidate assets of Japanese firms over wartime labourers, sparking concerns of increased tensions between the neighbours.

12 Jan 2020 - 9:21PM

South Korea’s top court is moving to liquidate assets of Japanese firms over wartime labourers, sparking concerns of increased tensions between the neighbours.

As South Korean courts chase Japanese firms for wartime claims, will Abe retaliate?
Carlos Ghosn: fugitive or victim? The issue that split Japan into locals and foreigners

Many Japanese are outraged over former Nissan boss Carlos Ghosn’s escape from justice, but foreigners in the country say Ghosn was being punished for political and business reasons.

11 Jan 2020 - 8:41PM

Many Japanese are outraged over former Nissan boss Carlos Ghosn’s escape from justice, but foreigners in the country say Ghosn was being punished for political and business reasons.

Carlos Ghosn: fugitive or victim? The issue that split Japan into locals and foreigners
Soleimani killing: Japan sticks to warship deployment, as Shinzo Abe calls for diplomacy

Japanese leader Shinzo Abe uses first press conference of year to voice fears over rising tensions in the Middle East after Trump’s killing of the Iranian general.

8 Jan 2020 - 12:02PM

Japanese leader Shinzo Abe uses first press conference of year to voice fears over rising tensions in the Middle East after Trump’s killing of the Iranian general.

Soleimani killing: Japan sticks to warship deployment, as Shinzo Abe calls for diplomacy
Analysis | Trump’s strike on Soleimani: Japan’s Shinzo Abe embarrassed, North Korea’s Kim Jong-un laughing: analysts

America’s assassination of the military leader ends Tokyo’s efforts to mediate between Iran and US, but it can’t afford to cancel warship deployment, experts say.

8 Jan 2020 - 12:03PM

America’s assassination of the military leader ends Tokyo’s efforts to mediate between Iran and US, but it can’t afford to cancel warship deployment, experts say.

Trump’s strike on Soleimani: Japan’s Shinzo Abe embarrassed, North Korea’s Kim Jong-un laughing: analysts
Chinese tourist stabbed in head in Osaka Don Quijote discount store

‘I bought a kitchen knife to kill someone... I didn’t like her attitude’, alleged attacker tells police. 

6 Jan 2020 - 10:07PM

‘I bought a kitchen knife to kill someone... I didn’t like her attitude’, alleged attacker tells police. 

Chinese tourist stabbed in head in Osaka Don Quijote discount store
Wi-fi warships: Japan’s plan to lure millennials to the military

All three arms of Japan’s self-defence forces are struggling to reach recruitment targets, as a “spoilt” generation shuns military life.

4 Jan 2020 - 11:16PM

All three arms of Japan’s self-defence forces are struggling to reach recruitment targets, as a “spoilt” generation shuns military life.

Wi-fi warships: Japan’s plan to lure millennials to the military
Chinese casino bribery scandal ensnares more Japanese MPs

The lawmakers were reportedly involved with promoting international tourism in Japan, a drive that has recently legalised casinos at its heart.

3 Jan 2020 - 10:23PM

The lawmakers were reportedly involved with promoting international tourism in Japan, a drive that has recently legalised casinos at its heart.

Chinese casino bribery scandal ensnares more Japanese MPs
K-pop star Nayeon’s mid-flight stalker ‘just wanted to confess my love’

Fan accused by the singer’s management of stalking hits back, saying he was manhandled by her minders and only intended to “give Nayeon my love letters calmly”.

2 Jan 2020 - 9:32PM

Fan accused by the singer’s management of stalking hits back, saying he was manhandled by her minders and only intended to “give Nayeon my love letters calmly”.

K-pop star Nayeon’s mid-flight stalker ‘just wanted to confess my love’
In Japan, delicious mochi are a New Year tradition – as are warnings about how deadly they are

The rice cakes can be a serious choking hazard, with nine people dead and 128 hospitalised last year after eating them.

1 Jan 2020 - 9:04PM

The rice cakes can be a serious choking hazard, with nine people dead and 128 hospitalised last year after eating them.

In Japan, delicious mochi are a New Year tradition – as are warnings about how deadly they are
Was Japan’s Shinzo Abe behind a false North Korea missile alert, as Seoul media claimed?

The Korea Times suggested that last week’s alert, which Japanese national broadcaster NHK apologised for sending, was intentionally sent as part of Abe’s ‘hostile stance’ towards Pyongyang.

31 Dec 2019 - 2:00PM

The Korea Times suggested that last week’s alert, which Japanese national broadcaster NHK apologised for sending, was intentionally sent as part of Abe’s ‘hostile stance’ towards Pyongyang.

Was Japan’s Shinzo Abe behind a false North Korea missile alert, as Seoul media claimed?
The story of Sony: from repair shop to revolution, how Walkman inventor changed music listening and, with PlayStation, home entertainment

Sony was founded in 1946 and changed music listening and video gaming with its invention of the Walkman and PlayStation. But it has not always been plain sailing for the Japanese electronics giant.

28 Dec 2019 - 7:09PM

Sony was founded in 1946 and changed music listening and video gaming with its invention of the Walkman and PlayStation. But it has not always been plain sailing for the Japanese electronics giant.

The story of Sony: from repair shop to revolution, how Walkman inventor changed music listening and, with PlayStation, home entertainment
Japanese middle managers bemoan ‘stress’ of dealing with foreign employees

Complaints ranged from foreigners being too ‘assertive’ and making ‘aggressive demands for salary increases’ to having low levels of loyalty and no common sense.

27 Dec 2019 - 9:30PM

Complaints ranged from foreigners being too ‘assertive’ and making ‘aggressive demands for salary increases’ to having low levels of loyalty and no common sense.

Japanese middle managers bemoan ‘stress’ of dealing with foreign employees
Tsunami from Anak Krakatoa eruption in Indonesia was 100 metres high, say scientists

Over 400 people died when Indonesia’s Anak Krakatoa volcano erupted last December, triggering a massive tsunami which scientists believe reached at least 100 metres high.

21 Dec 2019 - 10:06PM

Over 400 people died when Indonesia’s Anak Krakatoa volcano erupted last December, triggering a massive tsunami which scientists believe reached at least 100 metres high.

Tsunami from Anak Krakatoa eruption in Indonesia was 100 metres high, say scientists
Japan’s plan to beat ‘chikan’ sex attacks on public transport? A grinning otter badge

‘Pervert-deterrent’ badge featuring a cute animal looking up a schoolgirl’s skirt raises eyebrows – and questions about appropriateness.

19 Dec 2019 - 9:24PM

‘Pervert-deterrent’ badge featuring a cute animal looking up a schoolgirl’s skirt raises eyebrows – and questions about appropriateness.

Japan’s plan to beat ‘chikan’ sex attacks on public transport? A grinning otter badge
Women fare worse in Japan than China, Angola or United Arab Emirates

Shinzo Abe vowed to make Japan a country where women would shine. But gender gap rankings from the World Economic Forum show it has slid to 121st out of 153 countries.

27 Dec 2019 - 2:51PM

Shinzo Abe vowed to make Japan a country where women would shine. But gender gap rankings from the World Economic Forum show it has slid to 121st out of 153 countries.

Women fare worse in Japan than China, Angola or United Arab Emirates