Julian Ryall

Recent and archived articles by Julian Ryall

8 Aug 2018 | 7:13 AM

Bodyguards for life for woman who approved death sentences for Aum Shinrikyo cult

Concern followers of Shoko Asahara may seek revenge mean justice minister and her family will be accompanied by security for the rest of their lives

30 Jun 2018 | 12:16 PM

Foul play: gropers in Japan taking advantage of World Cup crowds likely to slip through police net

While the great game is grabbing the attention of fans, Japan’s notorious ‘chikan’ are on the loose with their own twisted goals

6 Jun 2018 | 7:12 AM

Womanising Japanese ‘Don Juan’ dead – and police suspect murder

Elderly playboy Kosuke Nozaki was found by his 22-year-old wife collapsed in the bedroom of their home

25 May 2018 | 7:31 AM

Japan police arrest notorious ‘Bag Master Yamaguchi’, who has picked pockets on Tokyo subway since 1965

Kazutoshi Yamaguchi was first arrested as a teenager 53 years ago

15 May 2018 | 7:24 AM

Japan’s famously polite train commuters lose their cool sometimes. There were 825 attacks last year

More than 60 per cent of reported attacks last year involved people who were drunk

27 Apr 2018 | 9:02 PM

Japan’s trains have become the new front in battle of the sexes

Female-only carriages were introduced to protect women from sexual harassment but more men are ignoring this stipulation, claiming it is discriminatory and unfair

13 Apr 2018 | 10:12 AM

Discovery of rare-earth minerals off Japan coast secures 780 years of industrial demand: study

Mud from the seabed off the Ogasawara Islands, some 2,000km southeast of Tokyo, contains high concentrations of rare-earth elements and yttrium

25 Oct 2017 | 10:17 AM

Japanese watchdog cracks down on dishonest matchmaking services that received nearly 2,000 complaints

Matchmaking has long been an accepted part of Japanese society but an ageing society, fewer children being born and stagnant wages have combined to sharply curtail the number of eligible singles