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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:

Crimes that imperil Japan's safe image

| Jul 30, 2016

Crimes that imperil Japan's safe image

On July 22, The Japan Times ran an article with the headline, “Crime set to hit postwar low this year, first-half data shows.” In it, the National Police Agency reported that the number of criminal offenses is on track to fall below 1 million ...

Emotions run high over Tsukiji fish market's move

| Jul 2, 2016

Emotions run high over Tsukiji fish market's move

In 1590, more than 2½ and a half centuries before Edo was to become Tokyo, the city’s first central fish market, named Uogashi, was established on the bank of Nihonbashi River. That location was to prove fortuitous: Nihonbashi came to be regarded as the ...

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) ...