Simon Denyer


Japan, North Korea and South Korea

Education: Trinity College, MA with honors in economics

Simon Denyer was The Washington Post’s bureau chief in Tokyo and left The Post in September 2021. He served previously as bureau chief in China and in India; a Reuters bureau chief in Washington, New Delhi, Islamabad and Kabul; and as a Reuters correspondent in Nairobi, New York and London. He is author of "Rogue Elephant: Harnessing the Power of India's Unruly Democracy" and the co-editor of “Foreign Correspondent: Fifty Years of Reporting South Asia.” He has also made frequent TV and radio appearances, including on BBC, CNN, NPR, PBS, Fox News, MSNBC, CNBC and Sky News, as well as India's ND
Latest from Simon Denyer

Japanese taxpayers were shut out from Olympic venues. Now they can view the staggering bill.

Every Olympic Games is expensive for the host city. But the pandemic kept Tokyo from getting many of the benefits.

August 15, 2021

North Korea threatens to boost nuclear program ahead of drills between U.S. and ‘perfidious’ South

Pyongyang’s latest warning, delivered by Kim Jong Un's powerful sister, Kim Yo Jong, comes amid signs that relations between the two Koreas could be improving.

August 10, 2021

Olympic magic cut through the pandemic gloom, but the Tokyo Games’ legacy is complex

The International Olympic Committee will walk away with its broadcast revenue intact. The Japanese taxpayers will be left footing a multibillion-dollar bill without having been invited to the party.

August 8, 2021

A golden farewell to swimming’s greatest underwater dancing queen

Svetlana Romashina won her seventh Olympic gold medal as part of the eight-woman Russian Olympic Committee artistic swimming team.

August 7, 2021

British diver Tom Daley says sports has ‘a lot further to go’ on LGBTQ acceptance

After winning bronze to go with earlier gold, the British athlete speaks out on global attitudes.

August 7, 2021

An Okinawa native wins gold in karate, making history for his sport and its birthplace

Roughly eight centuries ago, a new martial art called karate came into being on a subtropical island now known as Okinawa. On Friday, an Okinawan won the first ever Olympic gold medal in one of the modern sport’s premier events, the men’s kata.

August 6, 2021

Tokyo logs record coronavirus cases, as government struggles to contain spread

Tokyo logged a record number of coronavirus cases this week, burdening the hospital system amid a slow vaccine rollout.

August 6, 2021

Belarus Olympic officials stripped of accreditation, sent home

The officials have been accused of trying to force sprinter Krystsina Tsimanouskaya to return home against her will.

August 5, 2021

Buoyed by rising nationalism, China’s keyboard warriors take aim at Olympic athletes

The unrelenting fervor of Internet trolls, who have told competitors to “go to hell” and “disappear,” seems to have hit fever pitch.

August 5, 2021

Belarus Olympian reaches Poland for asylum bid after fearful refusal to return home

Krystsina Tsimanouskaya refused to fly home in fear for her safety after criticizing Belarus's Olympic team.

August 4, 2021