Tony Smyth graduated from Northumbria University in 1976 with a fine arts degree. During his time of study he developed an interest in Japanese and Japanese culture and art, particularly that influenced by Zen. After working in graphic design for two years, he traveled across America and arrived in Tokyo in 1980. He has lived in Japan for thirty seven years. He first studied Japanese language, before switching to shiatsu and acupuncture, receiving a diploma in shiatsu in Tokyo, and a master level acupuncture diploma in Beijing.
He has traveled extensively, particularly in Asia. Currently, he teaches English at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and at several schools, is a Christian wedding celebrant, and has a private practice doing Neuro Linguistic Programming and hypnotherapy for the foreign community in Tokyo. He has written articles for the Tokyo Journal and other Japan-based blogs .
Fukushima and the Coming Tokyo Earthquake is his first book. A sequel to this book will examine the key role of energy and depleting resources in a world economic system that is dependent on ever-increasing debt and exponential growth