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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:

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) ...

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 ...