Latest from Simon Denyer

Tied down and locked away: Harrowing tales emerge from Japan’s psychiatric patients

Lawsuits and studies cast light on wide use of physical restraints and long confinements in Japan’s vast mental health system.
  • Jun 19, 2021

Bear goes on rampage in Japan, storms military base, airport

The bear injured four people, and caused schools to close and flights to be canceled, before it was eventually shot.
  • Jun 18, 2021

North Korea’s Kim calls food situation ‘tense’ as reports of shortages mount

But Kim Jong Un says industrial production has risen this year, after a pandemic-induced slump in 2020.
  • Jun 16, 2021

Olympic athletes could face disqualification, deportation if they break coronavirus rules

Athletes and officials are expected to wear masks, avoid social interaction and get tested every day. Organizers have set out a range of possible punishments if they break the rules.
  • Jun 15, 2021

Anatomy of Japan’s joyless Olympics: A hyper-cautious bureaucracy and slow vaccine rollout

Japan is finally showing urgency. It’s too late to counter concerns about next month’s Games.
  • Jun 12, 2021

In South Korea, a growing web of childhood bullying claims, upended careers and secret accusers

A wave of anonymous accusations have hit celebrities, but some wonder if South Korea’s hypercompetitive culture is more to blame.
  • May 20, 2021

North Korea responds angrily to Biden’s ‘hostile’ policy

Pyongyang’s dismissive comments came as the White House completes a policy review and promises to chart a new course toward North Korea.
  • May 1, 2021

Olympic officials are determined to have a Tokyo Games despite Japan’s growing doubts

The International Olympic Committee says it can deliver a safe Olympics without overburdening Japan’s health-care system. Many doctors and nurses don’t agree.
  • May 1, 2021

Some South Koreans prepare for post-pandemic days with a facelift

In one of the world’s centers for cosmetic surgery, mask mandates seem the perfect time to get some work done.
  • Apr 25, 2021

Biden hosts Japan’s Suga as first foreign leader at the White House

The new president signals a focus on Asia by making Japan’s leader his first in-person foreign guest.
  • Apr 16, 2021