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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:

Tabloids go nuclear on North's bomb test

| Jan 23, 2016

Tabloids go nuclear on North's bomb test

On Jan. 6, North Korea once again stunned the world with a test of what it claimed was a hydrogen bomb, ratcheting up tensions in northeast Asia. Japan might not have a viable military deterrent, but this has not prevented its weekly magazines from ...

Pacific Burn

Jan 9, 2016

Pacific Burn

Who’s killing off members of Kyoto’s artistic Nobuki family, and why? First a son is murdered on a visit to Napa, California; then a sniper nearly succeeds in gunning down the father, a famous artist. After the younger son and his fiance are thrown ...

No tolerance at the inns for China's shoppers

| Dec 12, 2015

No tolerance at the inns for China's shoppers

Last August, Nikkei Business magazine reported the travails of a businessman from a regional city on a sales trip to Tokyo. His company’s accommodation allowance covered a maximum of ¥8,000 per night, but he couldn’t find a centrally located hotel room for under ¥20,000. ...

Press gets tense over possible terrorism in Tokyo

| Nov 21, 2015

Press gets tense over possible terrorism in Tokyo

Look around, if you will, for a waste receptacle on any station platform in the Tokyo metropolitan area; you won’t find one. Their disappearance, a precautionary measure against urban terrorism, can be dated to the immediate aftermath of the nerve gas attack on the ...