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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:

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 ...

Deja vu as Shukan Shincho turns back the clock

| Feb 20, 2016

Deja vu as Shukan Shincho turns back the clock

The title of the Japanese government’s White Paper on the Economy for the 31st year of Showa (1956) was “The ‘postwar’ era is over.” That same year, a delegation from the World Bank headed by Alfred Watkins spent five months studying the feasibility of ...