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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:

Exploring Japan's military past

Aug 1, 2015

Exploring Japan's military past

History buffs in Japan can also visit a variety of sites related to this country’s military past. In addition to the enormous Yushukan Museum on the grounds of the Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo’s Chiyoda Ward (www.yasukuni.or.jp/english/yushukan), numerous spots with historical significance can be found ...

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 ...