Henry Tricks has been The Economist's bureau chief in Tokyo since August 2009, and covers political, economic and financial affairs in Japan and the Korean Peninsula. In 2010, he wrote a 14-page Special Report on Japan's demographic challenge, entitled "Into the unknown" and has been profiled on the topic in an NHK documentary, "The Japan Syndrome". Before moving to Japan, he was The Economist's Finance Editor in London from 2006-2009, during which time he oversaw coverage of the global financial crisis. He worked for the Financial Times from 1998-2006, as a writer of the Lex column, senior corporate reporter, property editor and as bureau chief for Mexico and Central America. From 1988-1998, he worked for Reuters in New York, Washington and Mexico, covering the US Treasury bond market and several emerging-market crises. He started his career at Reuters reporting on the civil wars in Central America.
He has a degree in Latin from the University of London.