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Mark Schreiber

Mark Schreiber worked as a salaryman in travel, consumer electronics, computer software, advertising and market research before turning to translation and writing full time. A native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, he has lived in Tokyo since 1966.

For Mark Schreiber's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

How Trump fares in Japan's tabloids

| Jun 18, 2016

How Trump fares in Japan's tabloids

If Japan’s weekly magazines appear to be devoting an inordinate amount of space to coverage of U.S. politics this election year, it’s thanks largely to the flamboyant antics of Donald Trump, who can be counted on for verbal outbursts and surprises. Take weekly magazine ...

The struggles of a local sumo hero

| Jun 4, 2016

The struggles of a local sumo hero

An oft-repeated question these days, and one not necessarily confined to sports media, is whether 29-year-old wrestler Kisenosato will make it to sumo’s highest rank. Or is he destined to remain a perennial bridesmaid? Clearly at the peak of his career, the ozeki (champion) ...

The second life of Kakuei Tanaka

| May 21, 2016

The second life of Kakuei Tanaka

In July 1976, the month when 218 million Americans were feting their nation’s 200th birthday, dramatic events were taking place on other continents also. On July 4 — America’s Independence Day — an Israeli commando force staged a dramatic raid on Entebbe airport in ...

Have you read any good mooks lately?

| May 7, 2016

Have you read any good mooks lately?

The word “mook” is a portmanteau of the words “magazine” and “book.” I had long assumed, mistakenly, that it was one of those examples of wasei-eigo (Japan-made English terms), such as “open car” (a convertible) or “virgin road” (the aisle down which the bride ...

The sudden exit of Japan's convenience store pioneer

| Apr 23, 2016

The sudden exit of Japan's convenience store pioneer

Among last week’s dispatches from earthquake-hit Kyushu was an article in Yukan Fuji (April 19) about the “battle for food provisions” in the city of Kumamoto. “When we re-opened for business in the evening, we were immediately flooded with a rush of customers,” a ...