When offered the role of Japan foreign correspondent for The Straits Times in 2016, Walter Sim (CS’12) jumped at the opportunity and has not looked back since.
Despite being a six-time Singapore Press Holdings award-winning journalist today, the foreign correspondent had not actually planned on journalism as a career when he was at the Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information.
“I had no idea what I wanted to do for a career,” Walter said.
After graduation, Walter applied for a few jobs and decided to accept an offer from The Straits Times.
But after four years in the Singapore newsroom covering the crime and politics beats, Walter felt like he had “stagnated”.
“I had already covered the major hard-hitting stories in Singapore, like the passing of former Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew and the 2015 General Elections,” he said. “Besides, who wouldn’t want to work overseas?”
As the sole Japan foreign correspondent for The Straits Times, Walter feels like a jack-of-all-trades since he is responsible for all stories there, ranging from science to politics.
For instance, after reporting on the Tokyo Paralympics this year, he went on to cover Japan’s general elections.
Having a broad scope of coverage, he said, gives him a better sense of what makes the country tick.
“Having a ringside seat to the developments of such a major fast-moving country is really interesting,” he added.
“I have many memorable moments from working in Japan – no two days are the same.”