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Hi, I'm Mark Devlin, CEO of Crisscross, which publishes Metropolis (Japan's largest circulation English magazine), Japan Today (the largest news and discussion site about Japan in the world) and Crisscross, a social network. I came to Japan in 1989 from Scotland, and live close to Omotesando, Tokyo. I studied Production Engineering and Management at Strathclyde University, Glasgow.
I have been editing Wikipedia since 2005 . Some highlights …
Started with the little-known fact that Yoko Ono co-wrote (or at least largely inspired) Imagine
Did quite a bit of work on Nova (English school in Japan) even though I have no business or personal connection with them whatsoever. I was tired of seeing teachers adding unsourced information and rumors to the page.
Had some vigorous debate about Richard Gere while my TV wasn't working for a few weeks.. I am still flumoxed by why every Gere biography mentions the ad he took out to defend his marriage to Cindy Crawford, but that some editors here will not allow the ad to be mentioned due to concerns of sensitivity. As a result I have ongoing concerns about the definition of terms such as "senstitivity" in WP:BLP policy. Unfortunately, some editors take Wikipedia too personally.
Now that I think of it, I also did quite a few edits on Hockey Stick graph, which is a scam perpetrated by some climate scientists to make it appear that we are headed for catastrophe.
Created Kyōgaku no Gaijin Hanzai Ura File — Gaijin Hanzai Hakusho 2007
WP:COI policy does not disallow me from editing articles that I am close to. Invoking my conflicts of interests is not a way to force poorly sourced material into articles, nor to to disallow properly sourced material (including my own cited work), force POV, or as an excuse for personal attacks. Discuss the article, the sources, the notability, not the editor.
Defended Crisscross and Metropolis articles from vandalism and poorly sourced claims. My edits to Crisscross and Metropolis have been checked for conflicts of interest and found acceptable. Admin Mangouice said, "I feel his behavior on the central articles was not so problematic, because he's trying to follow policy. I really don't think the removal of negative information was inappropriate: the negative information was out of balance and not well sourced in any of the cases. Generally speaking, as long as they stick to policy, people are allowed to edit with a conflict".
Had much discussion about an editorial in Metropolis that was critical of National Union of General Workers. Although Metropolis has also published items promoting the Union, I thought it was an interesting counterpoint. Following the result of an RFC  the editorial was removed as a source because the person who wrote the article was not notable. Fair enough.
Please feel free to contact me directly from my blog .Source