Simon Denyer is The Washington Post’s Tokyo Bureau Chief and is one of the most recognized journalists in Japan.
Washington Post’s Tokyo Bureau Chief, Simon Denyer, is a British journalist and author who has been working with the Washington Post since 2006.
He was born in Leicester as Simon Peter Denyer in 1973 to an Irish mother and an English father. Denyer was a recent guest on Marketplace’s Tokyo Bureau Chief’s Expertise series, where he discussed his career and professional use. He lives in Tokyo with his wife and daughter, and he has been covering Japan’s economy and politics for two decades.
The Japan Journalist Club of Dallas-Fort Worth recently honored Denyer for his coverage and insight into the Tokyo Olympics. The Club, which operates under the auspices of The Japan Foundation Texas, is dedicated to promoting and improving journalism about Japan in Texas. Denyer didn’t know he was coming until a few weeks ago.
It was the second time since taking over the Post’s Tokyo Bureau, which he assumed in 2005, Simon Denyer visited the area. In 1999, he covered Tokyo’s first post-World War II Summer Olympics.
“The Olympics change how you see Tokyo. There is an obvious new ferocity to the city,” Denyer recalled. “You are constantly aware, with not a lot of warning, that you are in one of the busiest cities in the world. You see people all the time — there’s an incredible economy and incredible exchange and mix. The formality of Japanese life is always there, but Japan’s renaissance means that the mood is different. People smile more often; people are more outgoing and generous. There is an air of confidence rather than the caution of past decades.”
The Olympic protest movement is certain to be larger and more formal in scale than previous movements, attracting a much wider range of people — not just students and professors protesting inside campuses, but also what Denyer calls “the common man” who will waive the blue flags of their high school or university. Simon Denyer’s: Twitter.