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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:

History, hexes feature in criminal potpourri

| Jul 18, 2015

History, hexes feature in criminal potpourri

In addition to their regular mixture of celebrity gossip and scandals mixed with practical advice for readers — such as how to quit smoking or winning pachinko techniques — the weeklies also treat their readers to snippets of Japanese history. Flash (July 28) devoted ...

Tabloids revel in South Korea's MERS misery

| Jun 20, 2015

Tabloids revel in South Korea's MERS misery

Schadenfreude, a word of German derivation, is defined in the Merriam-Webster Dictionary as “a feeling of enjoyment that comes from seeing or hearing about the troubles of other people.” A more succinct definition would be “malicious glee.” “Malicious glee” aptly describes Yukan Fuji’s coverage ...

'Bottakuri' scams put the squeeze on the unwary

| Jun 6, 2015

'Bottakuri' scams put the squeeze on the unwary

“On any given evening, you can see noisy quarrels between club staff and customers outside the local police box,” attorney Katsuyuki Aoshima tells Asahi Geino (May 2), adding, “The police treat these as civil claims between the shop and the customer, and won’t get ...

The changing face of Tokyo's 'red-light' district

| May 23, 2015

The changing face of Tokyo's 'red-light' district

“How would I describe Kabukicho? Frankly, I’m not sure,” popular author Hirokatsu Azuma was quoted as saying in the now-defunct monthly Gendai magazine back in January 1999. “If you say it’s a scary place, you could be right; and if you say it’s a ...

The golden arches lose their luster

| May 9, 2015

The golden arches lose their luster

The sharp downturn in business at McDonald’s — which has thrived for most of the past 44 years in Japan — has got everybody talking. This past January alone, revenues at existing outlets, the company announced, had fallen year-on-year by a whopping 38.6 percent, ...