Julian Ryall

Recent and archived articles by Julian Ryall

15 Jan 2019 | 7:23 AM

Japanese aviation industry alarmed by ‘laxity’ in US security screening after woman carried handgun onto international flight

The woman handed the weapon and bullets over to the crew of the aircraft but was denied entry into Japan after the flight touched down at Narita
Analysts pointed to the effects of the US government shutdown, which on Monday entered its 24th day, making it the longest in US history

10 Jan 2019 | 7:48 AM

Queen guitarist Brian May takes on US military over Okinawa base

Rock star takes to Twitter in protest against controversial American base that threatens the coral reef home of endangered dugongs

23 Dec 2018 | 2:30 PM

From Astro Boy to Gundam to Ultraman, how Bandai became Japan’s top toy company

Bandai was founded in 1950 to make toys to cheer up children in post-war Japan
It started with simple toys and models; its fortunes were transformed after it began producing action figures in the 1960s

20 Dec 2018 | 3:01 PM

Former porn star Sola Aoi is pregnant and Japanese web users are divided over whether it’s a blessing or a curse

Aoi, who starred in her first adult movie at the age of 18 in 2002, has received messages saying what a pity it will be for her children to live with her past
But most of the commenters appeared to support Aoi’s actions and suggested people should mind their own business

7 Dec 2018 | 7:27 AM

Japanese marathon champion Yumiko Hara blames eating disorder for shoplifting conviction

Hara, who represented Japan twice at the World Championships, received a suspended prison sentence for stealing food in February
She said she was required to measure her weight up to six times a day and had to eat all her meals in front of her coach. Her purse was taken away so she could not spend money on food

30 Nov 2018 | 7:53 AM

Japanese woman dumps dad with Alzheimer’s. He remembers, she’s arrested

The 79-year-old was abandoned at a motorway service station 70km from his home in a case that recalls the ancient Japanese tradition of ‘ubasute’, in which elderly relatives are abandoned in remote spots

24 Nov 2018 | 11:52 AM

Public outraged after Japanese boss dunks worker’s face in hotpot at office party

Under Japanese law, there are no statutes that prohibit power harassment in the workplace

11 Nov 2018 | 12:16 PM

The Yakult story: Japanese health drink that conquered world with beneficial bacteria and beaming ladies

Today numbering over 80,000, ‘Yakult ladies’ have played a vital role in the brand’s growth both in Japan and globally
Company grew from founder’s wish to fight cholera and dysentery

12 Oct 2018 | 4:11 PM

Japanese yakuza are recruiting homeless people to build facilities for 2020 Tokyo Olympics

The involvement of the underworld in Japan’s construction sector is well documented, although latest arrests may signal a crackdown on the gangs’ activities in the run-up to the Games

1 Sep 2018 | 2:11 PM

Japan developing ‘pre-crime’ artificial intelligence to predict money laundering and terror attacks

New technology will also track vehicles and alert authorities when foreign ships deviate from their supposed route