Simon Denyer

Simon Denyer

China Bureau Chief, The Washington Post. Author of Rogue Elephant: Harnessing the Power of India's Unruly Democracy. Pompey fan.

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Researchers ponder why covid appears more deadly in the U.S. and Europe than in Asia

"Perhaps everybody else in Britain has to change so that Mr Cummings can stay the same, but it does seem like changing a lightbulb by screwing the whole world." via @FinancialTimes 

Interesting Kyodo poll showing majority still unhappy with government's handling of pandemic and failure to expand testing. Perhaps the silver lining is that people are still anxious about a second wave and will refrain from going out to some extent

Well I suppose if you don't keep records, at least it means you don't have to shred them later.... Government panel on virus failed to keep meeting records : The Asahi Shimbun

Eight months on, is the world's most drastic plastic bag ban working?

Indeed, and back then it was the LDP complaining about the lack of records!

It's been a bleak few months but one ray of light. @steve_lamacq  is finally back on @BBC6Music !

Fewer spectators, mandatory tests: Japan considers a ‘simplified’ Olympics


Total surveillance, Chinese Communist Party style, marrying facial recognition with big data and potentially even social credit scores. Not an episode of Black Mirror, but the fast-approaching reality of China.

China throws ball into U.S. court -- you ban ivory trade completely, and we will too. So now, President Obama,...

Signs of a confident nation ready to rule the world #424 ...

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Work from home, they said. In Japan, it’s not so easy... With thanks to the excellent @JapanIntercult  for explaining how things work here.

"It’s too late," said Kenji Shibuya of King's College, London, who warned Tokyo could soon be facing a situation similar to New York. "Tokyo has already entered an explosive phase.”

India to build the world’s tallest statue. Because that's what the country really needs right now. @RamaNewDelhi 

How Japan's cluster-based coronavirus strategy came undone

A Chinese student praised the 'fresh air of free speech' at a U.S. college. Then came the backlash.