Walter Sim

Japan Correspondent

Walter Sim joined The Straits Times in 2012 fresh out of Nanyang Technological University, where he graduated with a bachelor's degree in communication studies. While he majored in journalism, he had also briefly flirted with the idea of becoming an ad man instead. He has done an internship with lifestyle magazine I-S in 2009 (the publication is now known as S-G), as well as with business news wire Reuters in 2011. At The Straits Times, he first cut his teeth on the crime desk, covering everything from lurid sex-for-corruption trials and murders to the Little India riot in 2013. He then moved to politics, where he reported on the death of founding prime minister Lee Kuan Yew and was in the thick of the action of Singapore's general election in 2015. He counts among the highlights of his career the chance to interview former President S R Nathan one-on-one for three different stories. When he's not writing, he loves cafe hopping and exploring new places. He is part of the generation who inexplicably feels the need to capture on Instagram almost everything pretty. But he is not pretentious enough to profess loving films, plays or music he can barely understand. He loves to travel and has, among other things, tandem skydived three times, bungee jumped, done white-water rafting, seen the Northern Lights and took part in an overseas run. It was during his first trip to Japan - a solo trip to Tokyo - in 2012 that he fell in love with the country and decided to pick up the language.