Tim Noonan

Tim Noonan has been crafting uniquely provocative columns for the SCMP and SMP for more than a decade. A native of Canada, he has over 20 years’ experience in Asia and has been a regular contributor to a number of prominent publications, including Time magazine, Forbes, The New York Times, The International Herald Tribune and The Independent.
Tim Noonan
Tim Noonan has been crafting uniquely provocative columns for the SCMP and SMP for more than a decade. A native of Canada, he has over 20 years’ experience in Asia and has been a regular contributor to a number of prominent publications, including Time magazine, Forbes, The New York Times, The International Herald Tribune and The Independent.

Latest from Tim Noonan

‘No one thinks we can win’: England rugby coach Eddie Jones says his squad feel no pressure heading into New Zealand showdown

The quick-witted, sharp tongued coach gives a legendary press conference in Tokyo ahead of his squad’s semi-final

23 Oct 2019 - 9:07AM

The quick-witted, sharp tongued coach gives a legendary press conference in Tokyo ahead of his squad’s semi-final

‘No one thinks we can win’: England rugby coach Eddie Jones says his squad feel no pressure heading into New Zealand showdown
Rugby World Cup: Japan says sayonara to Brave Blossoms at ‘Rugby Paradiso’ in Tokyo

Bowing out in the quarter-finals will go down as a huge win for Japanese rugby once the sting of their loss to the Springboks wears off

21 Oct 2019 - 9:54PM

Bowing out in the quarter-finals will go down as a huge win for Japanese rugby once the sting of their loss to the Springboks wears off

Rugby World Cup: Japan says sayonara to Brave Blossoms at ‘Rugby Paradiso’ in Tokyo
Opinion | How Nick Nurse’s ‘big picture’ coaching vision was 30 years in the making

A coaching nomad, Nurse led the Toronto Raptors to the NBA title in his first season in charge and seeks similar success with the Canadian national team

19 Oct 2019 - 9:59PM

A coaching nomad, Nurse led the Toronto Raptors to the NBA title in his first season in charge and seeks similar success with the Canadian national team

How Nick Nurse’s ‘big picture’ coaching vision was 30 years in the making
In the scrum | Rugby World Cup: looking for a rugby buzz in multifaceted and sprawling Tokyo

Despite four huge matches on the card this weekend including the Japanese team, the Rugby World Cup has to share the stage in the world’s largest city.

18 Oct 2019 - 9:32PM

Despite four huge matches on the card this weekend including the Japanese team, the Rugby World Cup has to share the stage in the world’s largest city.

Rugby World Cup: looking for a rugby buzz in multifaceted and sprawling Tokyo
Rugby World Cup: All Blacks fighting to stay sharp as the business end kicks off this weekend in Japan

While Tokyo and Oita will host two intriguing quarter-finals, New Zealand versus Ireland will be the premier heavyweight battle.

17 Oct 2019 - 10:49PM

While Tokyo and Oita will host two intriguing quarter-finals, New Zealand versus Ireland will be the premier heavyweight battle.

Rugby World Cup: All Blacks fighting to stay sharp as the business end kicks off this weekend in Japan
In the scrum | Rugby World Cup: typhoon be damned, fans root for the home team as Japan digs out from another natural disaster

An historical victory for Japan in the Rugby World Cup is tempered by the damage from Typhoon Hagibus less than 24 hours earlier.

14 Oct 2019 - 8:59PM

An historical victory for Japan in the Rugby World Cup is tempered by the damage from Typhoon Hagibus less than 24 hours earlier.

Rugby World Cup: typhoon be damned, fans root for the home team as Japan digs out from another natural disaster
Opinion | NBA China crisis: why Adam Silver had little choice but to back Rockets’ GM Daryl Morey and infuriate Chinese government

The Houston GM’s tweet in support of Hong Kong has exposed corporate hypocrisy and political duplicity like never before.

12 Oct 2019 - 10:21PM

The Houston GM’s tweet in support of Hong Kong has exposed corporate hypocrisy and political duplicity like never before.

NBA China crisis: why Adam Silver had little choice but to back Rockets’ GM Daryl Morey and infuriate Chinese government
NBA commissioner Adam Silver: ‘We will protect our employees’ freedom of speech’

As controversy over Houston Rockets GM’s controversial Hong Kong protest tweet grows, Adam Silver says league will not compromise on its values.

9 Oct 2019 - 11:11PM

As controversy over Houston Rockets GM’s controversial Hong Kong protest tweet grows, Adam Silver says league will not compromise on its values.

NBA commissioner Adam Silver: ‘We will protect our employees’ freedom of speech’
In the scrum | Kotaro Matsushima and his electric play is leading Japan forward both on and off the pitch

Japan’s star winger is far from a social activist, even though his feats inspire the plight of the ethnically mixed in the country

5 Oct 2019 - 9:51PM

Japan’s star winger is far from a social activist, even though his feats inspire the plight of the ethnically mixed in the country

Kotaro Matsushima and his electric play is leading Japan forward both on and off the pitch
In the scrum | Rugby World Cup: grit meets glamour as even uber-stylish Ginza pitches in for the cause

Rugby fans are particularly easy to spot wandering through the most exclusive and fashionable area of Japan.

5 Oct 2019 - 11:55AM

Rugby fans are particularly easy to spot wandering through the most exclusive and fashionable area of Japan.

Rugby World Cup: grit meets glamour as even uber-stylish Ginza pitches in for the cause
In the scrum | Rugby World Cup 2019: ‘everyone is Japanese right now’ after huge win over Ireland

Revellers pour out into the early evening throughout Japan to celebrate another improbable and historic victory by the country’s national rugby team.

29 Sep 2019 - 8:26PM

Revellers pour out into the early evening throughout Japan to celebrate another improbable and historic victory by the country’s national rugby team.

Rugby World Cup 2019: ‘everyone is Japanese right now’ after huge win over Ireland
Eddie Jones’ star burns brightest at Rugby World Cup as the man who put Japan on the world map seeks glory with England
In the scrum | Rugby World Cup 2019: tier two minnows reaping tier one earnings from World Rugby

Despite being at all nine World Cup tournaments, the gulf in class between Canada and the top teams remains wide.

27 Sep 2019 - 10:13PM

Despite being at all nine World Cup tournaments, the gulf in class between Canada and the top teams remains wide.

Rugby World Cup 2019: tier two minnows reaping tier one earnings from World Rugby
Rugby World Cup 2019: exploring Japan’s Fukuoka on Kyushu Island

The city, a three-and-a-half hour flight from Hong Kong, Fukuoka and Kyushu Island is still rugby mad like the rest of the country

26 Sep 2019 - 9:12PM

The city, a three-and-a-half hour flight from Hong Kong, Fukuoka and Kyushu Island is still rugby mad like the rest of the country

Rugby World Cup 2019: exploring Japan’s Fukuoka on Kyushu Island
In the scrum | Rugby World Cup 2019: Yokohama Stadium’s big screen test best seen through lens of a telescope

Rugby World Cup deserved better for a showcase stadium but old school still trumps new school in Japan.

23 Sep 2019 - 9:46PM

Rugby World Cup deserved better for a showcase stadium but old school still trumps new school in Japan.

Rugby World Cup 2019: Yokohama Stadium’s big screen test best seen through lens of a telescope
Rugby World Cup 2019: it’s show time for Japan and World Rugby as they get set to crack the code

Spotlight is now on for a country and a sport that have both expressed a desire, if not a willingness, to grow

22 Sep 2019 - 4:35PM

Spotlight is now on for a country and a sport that have both expressed a desire, if not a willingness, to grow

Rugby World Cup 2019: it’s show time for Japan and World Rugby as they get set to crack the code
In the scrum | Rugby World Cup 2019 is about growing the game – which means you need to know your place

If you’re reporting for a tier two nation then don’t expect the VIP treatment, but the big tournament opener between hosts Japan and Russia is still a blast.

21 Sep 2019 - 12:22PM

If you’re reporting for a tier two nation then don’t expect the VIP treatment, but the big tournament opener between hosts Japan and Russia is still a blast.

Rugby World Cup 2019 is about growing the game – which means you need to know your place
Rugby World Cup: warriors on the field and action heroes off it, All Black greatness pushes new boundaries

On the eve of the Rugby World Cup, Manhattan gallery goers will be getting an eyeful of New Zealand’s vaunted rugby culture and their championship national team.

15 Sep 2019 - 12:45PM

On the eve of the Rugby World Cup, Manhattan gallery goers will be getting an eyeful of New Zealand’s vaunted rugby culture and their championship national team.

Rugby World Cup: warriors on the field and action heroes off it, All Black greatness pushes new boundaries
Rugby World Cup: ‘historic’ Typhoon Faxai already wreaking havoc in parts of Japan

Australian team forced to postpone arrival in Tokyo as meteorologists warn the effects from powerful typhoon Faxai could last for days.

9 Sep 2019 - 10:39PM

Australian team forced to postpone arrival in Tokyo as meteorologists warn the effects from powerful typhoon Faxai could last for days.

Rugby World Cup: ‘historic’ Typhoon Faxai already wreaking havoc in parts of Japan
Opinion | Rugby World Cup: how a failed kamikaze pilot became the soul of the game in Japan and Asia

As Japan prepares to host the Rugby World Cup, ‘Shiggy’ Konno’s legacy and influence is prevalent in both the international and university game.

8 Sep 2019 - 2:08PM

As Japan prepares to host the Rugby World Cup, ‘Shiggy’ Konno’s legacy and influence is prevalent in both the international and university game.

Rugby World Cup: how a failed kamikaze pilot became the soul of the game in Japan and Asia
Opinion | How an enlightened rogue helped create the Hong Kong Sevens and bring world rugby into the light

As the Rugby World Cup prepares to conquer new frontiers in Japan this month, a new book recounts the enormous debt owed to largely forgotten pioneer Tokkie Smith.

2 Sep 2019 - 12:18PM

As the Rugby World Cup prepares to conquer new frontiers in Japan this month, a new book recounts the enormous debt owed to largely forgotten pioneer Tokkie Smith.

How an enlightened rogue helped create the Hong Kong Sevens and bring world rugby into the light
Opinion | Why the invasion of ‘socially conscious’ NBA coaches and stars in China may not be cause for worry

As a besieged China prepares to host the FIBA Basketball World Cup, defending champions Team USA will be led by two of the most celebrated – and opinionated – coaches in NBA history who could be uncharacteristically tight lipped.

24 Aug 2019 - 8:24PM

As a besieged China prepares to host the FIBA Basketball World Cup, defending champions Team USA will be led by two of the most celebrated – and opinionated – coaches in NBA history who could be uncharacteristically tight lipped.

Why the invasion of ‘socially conscious’ NBA coaches and stars in China may not be cause for worry
Opinion | 2020 Olympics one-year countdown: Tokyo already bursting at the seams and boiling over

Severe heat warnings combined with incessant gridlock and overcrowding are only a few of the issues facing organisers in what is shaping up to be the most popular Olympics ever

24 Jul 2019 - 12:10PM

Severe heat warnings combined with incessant gridlock and overcrowding are only a few of the issues facing organisers in what is shaping up to be the most popular Olympics ever

2020 Olympics one-year countdown: Tokyo already bursting at the seams and boiling over
Opinion | Bangkok is about to show Hong Kong what a real ‘benchmark in sports and entertainment’ looks like

While the government’s price tag for new Kai Tak Sports Park is certainly great – at HK$32 billion – the end design is underwhelming at best thanks to the political realities of Hong Kong

1 Jun 2019 - 10:11PM

While the government’s price tag for new Kai Tak Sports Park is certainly great – at HK$32 billion – the end design is underwhelming at best thanks to the political realities of Hong Kong

Bangkok is about to show Hong Kong what a real ‘benchmark in sports and entertainment’ looks like
If you thought Cathay Pacific data leak was bad, just wait until hackers steal your DNA

The dawn of the DNA test raises the spectre of data hackers stealing the innermost secrets of your very being. And with Asian demand building the industry into a US$50 billion behemoth, that spectre is growing ever larger.

28 Mar 2019 - 3:42PM

The dawn of the DNA test raises the spectre of data hackers stealing the innermost secrets of your very being. And with Asian demand building the industry into a US$50 billion behemoth, that spectre is growing ever larger.

If you thought Cathay Pacific data leak was bad, just wait until hackers steal your DNA
Opinion | With Ichiro Suzuki retiring, the stage is finally clear for rugby – and Japan – to step forward at the World Cup

After an eventful week for sports in Japan, the eyes and ears of the country can now be firmly fixed on the upcoming Rugby World Cup in six months’ time.

23 Mar 2019 - 1:53PM

After an eventful week for sports in Japan, the eyes and ears of the country can now be firmly fixed on the upcoming Rugby World Cup in six months’ time.

With Ichiro Suzuki retiring, the stage is finally clear for rugby – and Japan – to step forward at the World Cup
Opinion | Ichiro Suzuki retirement: Asia’s greatest professional athlete and pioneer takes his final bow

Not a dry eye in the country as Japan, and Major League baseball, say goodbye to the inimitable Ichiro Suzuki in Tokyo

23 Mar 2019 - 9:08PM

Not a dry eye in the country as Japan, and Major League baseball, say goodbye to the inimitable Ichiro Suzuki in Tokyo

Ichiro Suzuki retirement: Asia’s greatest professional athlete and pioneer takes his final bow
Opinion | Major League Baseball kicks off its global push on safe and ravenous soil in Tokyo

MLB launches opening day at the Tokyo Dome on the back of a legend for a season that will also see stops in London and Mexico

21 Mar 2019 - 9:35PM

MLB launches opening day at the Tokyo Dome on the back of a legend for a season that will also see stops in London and Mexico

Major League Baseball kicks off its global push on safe and ravenous soil in Tokyo
Opinion | Singapore vs Hong Kong? Let that debate rage on everything – except rugby sevens events

Despite an arbitrary – and unofficial – World Rugby ranking putting Singapore’s event ahead of Hong Kong’s cherished gem, there really is no comparison

15 Mar 2019 - 8:00AM

Despite an arbitrary – and unofficial – World Rugby ranking putting Singapore’s event ahead of Hong Kong’s cherished gem, there really is no comparison

Singapore vs Hong Kong? Let that debate rage on everything – except rugby sevens events
Could fully legal marijuana in Thailand be next after medical marijuana approval? Advocates push home growing

Recent royal decree implemented Thailand’s medical marijuana law, the first in Asia, but advocates for the drug, including a party competing in upcoming election, are pushing full legalisation, home growing and even marijuana exports.

28 Feb 2019 - 10:49AM

Recent royal decree implemented Thailand’s medical marijuana law, the first in Asia, but advocates for the drug, including a party competing in upcoming election, are pushing full legalisation, home growing and even marijuana exports.

Could fully legal marijuana in Thailand be next after medical marijuana approval? Advocates push home growing