Uditha Jayasinghe
For Uditha Jayasinghe's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
An Israeli volunteer helps farmers from Kibbutz Beeri, Israel — near the border with Gaza — to pick avocados from their land on Nov. 15.
ASIA PACIFIC / Social Issues
Nov 24, 2023
Thousands of Sri Lankan workers to depart for Israel despite war
The Sri Lankan workers will join some 9,000 compatriots already in Israel, working in farming and care for the elderly.
A farmer tries to beat out a fire in abandoned farming land amid a drought in Anamaduwa, Sri Lanka.
ASIA PACIFIC / Social Issues
Aug 30, 2023
Drought deals second blow as Sri Lanka struggles back from crisis
The southwest monsoon farmers rely on for the summer harvest was scant this year because of the El Nino weather pattern
Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi and his Sri Lanka counterpart, Ali Sabry, during a joint news conference in Colombo on Saturday
Jul 29, 2023
Crisis-hit Sri Lanka invites Japan to resume investment
The South Asian island nation is working to restructure its massive debt to continue a $2.9 billion bailout from the International Monetary Fund.
Japan Times
Dec 28, 2022
India makes inroads into Sri Lanka under China's long shadow
Taking advantage of northern Sri Lanka's proximity to India, new endeavors could help New Delhi balance China's infrastructure projects in the south of the island.
Japan Times
Sep 7, 2022
With an IMF deal in hand, Sri Lanka now courts China and India
To get debt to a sustainable level, Beijing, New Delhi, Tokyo, multilateral organizations and global asset managers must all swallow losses.
Japan Times
Aug 17, 2022
Sri Lanka faces looming food crisis with stunted rice crop
Across rice farms on this Indian Ocean island, a bleak picture is emerging that the summer harvest could be as low as half that of previous years, according to experts.
Japan Times
Jul 22, 2022
Sri Lankan forces raid anti-government protest camp as new president takes office
Media footage showed soldiers in riot gear and armed with assault rifles tearing down the camp, set up in April by protesters enraged with the country's economic collapse.
Japan Times
Jul 15, 2022
Sri Lankan president hands in resignation after fleeing to Singapore
The announcement triggered jubilation in the commercial capital Colombo where protesters massed outside the presidential secretariat, defying a citywide curfew.
Japan Times
Jul 13, 2022
Sri Lankan president flees to Maldives amid protests as economic crisis spirals
The president's flight brings an end to the rule of the powerful Rajapksa clan that has dominated politics in the South Asian nation for the last two decades.
Japan Times
May 31, 2022
Drivers in Sri Lanka queue 12 hours for fuel amid worst economic crisis since 1948
Gas prices have soared 259% since October 2021 as the government slashed subsidies to try and stabilize a teetering economy.
Japan Times
May 13, 2022
Ranil Wickremesinghe named Sri Lankan PM for sixth time amid crisis
He replaces the president's brother, Mahinda Rajapaksa, who resigned amid deadly street protests.
Japan Times
May 11, 2022
Sri Lanka protesters call for new government a day after clashes kill eight
Sri Lanka has been suffering its worst economic crisis in history, with a severe shortage of foreign exchange stalling essential imports, including drugs and fuel.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Economy
Apr 18, 2022
Sri Lanka's reluctance to tap IMF helped push it into an economic abyss
Faced with a rapidly deteriorating economic environment, the government chose to wait, instead of moving quickly and seeking help.
Japan Times
Apr 13, 2022
Drugs running out and surgeries canceled as Sri Lanka's health system buckles
Under the weight of the island nation's worst economic crisis, the health care system is close to collapse.


At the Akan International Crane Center, just north of the city of Kushiro proper, visitors can see the majestic red-crowned crane — a symbol of Hokkaido.
Faces of the north: A Hokkaido town grapples with depopulation