Julian Ryall

Recent and archived articles by Julian Ryall

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

8 Aug 2017 | 3:06 PM

Holiday rip-off: Chinese tourists forced to pay 10 times more for beach equipment in Okinawa

‘I have tolerated them for years but as I don’t want to rent to them now I decided to charge them 10 times as much’

19 Jul 2017 | 9:03 AM

Satellite images identify up to 40 mass grave sites in North Korea

Julian Ryall in Tokyo

27 Jun 2017 | 11:04 AM

Yakuza aim for ‘private army’ business model in bid to go legit

One of Japan’s underworld groups is planning to branch out and provide bodyguards and security personnel for businesses in Southeast Asia.

19 Jun 2017 | 6:38 PM

Japanese man charged with sexual assault used ‘radiation inspector’ ploy

He reportedly confessed that he copied a tactic depicted in an adult manga comic

30 May 2017 | 6:10 PM

Japan train commuters buy ‘groper insurance’ to defend against sexual assault claims

The issue of women being molested on trains has long been a problem in Japan