Simon Denyer: Knowing the Global Journalist and Author

Simon Denyer’s wide-ranging experience in journalism has enabled him to report from both the inside and outside of institutions, politics, industry, and business. He is as comfortable writing an introduction to a policy report as dissecting US foreign policy. In a country that values public service, Simon is committed to a high-stakes commitment to excellence in the media.

Simon led Washington Post team and is a man with a strong sense of ethical standards. He believes that words have weight, and with that comes responsibility, especially when writing about critical events. While not afraid to be unpopular, Simon has refused to pass judgment on controversial or even despicable actions. Simon is, simply put, a rare bird among Japanese journalists. He regularly conducts interviews with senior policymakers in Japan and abroad, allowing him to offer a nuanced perspective.

Simon has lived in multiple countries in the past ten years alone. He has had a fairly limited education – he’s read very few books. He gets called “experimental” in the article “The real secret to Denyer’s international reporting success.” It’s the sort of adjective you don’t often hear about an author – because the world already knows.

Simon takes one trip a year; some are longer than others and take longer to recover from. His findings are regularly shocking. He spends a lot of time reading, reflecting, and meditating.

Besides, his contributions at Washington Post, Simon Denyer holds a personal commitment to peace and continues to speak and travel publicly about his ongoing peacebuilding journey. Simon Denyer now campaigns for international humanitarian aid and peacebuilding in an increasingly globalized world.

He has said that what’s crucial to the success of any long-form journalism is the author’s commitment. He explains: ‘The scariest thing for journalists is when their desire to tell a story – even to tell the truth – is disrupted by the fear of criticism. ‘It’s not rational to think of telling a story as a security risk, but we often do.’

Simon Denyer has lived in Japan since the late 1980s and covered politics, business, technology, and science for The Post. Simon has covered stories ranging from the theft of US government trade secrets to the return of five Japanese students abducted by North Korea in 1997.