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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 four ...

The reigning 'Queen of subtitles,' in her own words

| Jun 29, 2015

The reigning 'Queen of subtitles,' in her own words

For the past four decades, after the lights dim and curtains go up at cinemas around Japan, the credits that have flashed on screens at the start of hundreds of foreign films have acknowledged subtitle translator Natsuko Toda. At age 78, Toda is the doyen ...

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 of ...