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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 mysterious case of Japan's vanishing bookstores

National / Media | BIG IN JAPAN Oct 26, 2019

The mysterious case of Japan's vanishing bookstores

Decades of writing a column about the country's media industry has imparted me with a strong sense of familiarity with media personalities, companies, publications and sales channels. When they expire, it often hits me hard. In the past year alone, two monthly magazines that provided ...

New generation of quasi-gangsters fly under police radar

National / Media | BIG IN JAPAN Sep 28, 2019

New generation of quasi-gangsters fly under police radar

Mainstream media last month broke a long-standing silence they've had concerning the activities of Japan's organized crime groups, which are referred to in official circles as "boryokudan" (violent groups) or, colloquially, as "yakuza." The Mainichi Shimbun (Sept. 15) reported that Kobe's Municipal Board of Education ...