Steven McIntire Allen was born in Rangoon, Burma, now called Yangon, Myanmar, in 1963. After a couple graduations in Western New York, he bought a motorcycle and drove across country to work at a hotel at a ski resort in Utah. He toured the Western United States on his motorcycle, and eventually went to work in Europe in 1987. He worked as a ski guide in the Tyrol, and taught water skiing on a small island in the Aegean. He also worked as a motorcycle courier in London, an assembly line worker in Sweden, and a migrant labourer in Spain.
After returning to the United States, he worked while sailing around the Caribbean on an historical vessel, a 1920’s Grand Banks Schooner. Eventually, in part thanks to a nice Jewish couple living on an island, he came to the conclusion that he had to get a real job. Because he enjoyed interacting with different cultures and peoples, his parents suggested studying a foreign language, specifically Japanese. He began studying Japanese as a non-matriculating student, and continued to study after entering law school. People then began calling him Mak, rather than Steve.
After his first year of law school he took a leave of absence to spend a year teaching on the JET Program at a high school in Northeastern rural Japan. Spring vacation of that year was spent hitchhiking around Southeast Asia, and visiting family friends in Yangon. Unfortunately, if he had spent more than one year away, he would have had to repeat the first year of law school, so he went back for a semester, and then returned to Japan for a semester in Tokyo. That summer he worked at a think tank in Akasaka Mitsuke.
In 1996 he moved to New York City, and sat for the New York Bar. He worked as a project attorney, and was invited to work for a game company in Los Angeles. He was not called to the Virginia Bar, but he sat for the California Bar twice. In 2001 he was invited to Tokyo to work. In 2005 he was invited to work in Osaka. In 2012, he moved to Tokyo. Presently, he works for Origin Law Office.
McIntyre was Mr. Allen’s maternal grandfather’s family name. Sidney Chester McIntire, was born McIntyre, but changed the “y” to “i” in law school in Boston before being called to the Massachusetts Bar in 1918. This photograph is of Sidney and Doris Currey nee Martin, Mr. Allen’s maternal grandmother, at the Grand Canyon in 1928 on their honeymoon en route to Honolulu. Mr. McIntire practiced law in Boston and Honolulu until he was felled by a stroke in Honolulu on the Emperor’s birthday in 1941.
According to DNA and genealogy research, Mr. McIntyre’s mother was German-Alsatian Ashkenazim. Her family name was probably Anglicized to Evans before emigrating to Halifax, Nova Scotia before her birth in 1834.
Mr. Allen’s paternal grandfather, Harold Brainard Allen, was a Michigan attorney and served as General Counsel and Secretary on the Board of Directors at the Upjohn Company from 1949 to 1962. Upjohn is one of the largest ethical drug manufacturers in the United States.1 Mr. Harold Allen was also active in many social causes, such as being one of the founding members of the local NAACP Chapter, and starting the first Goodwill Store in Kalamazoo.
Mr. S. McIntire Allen’s Japanese alias is Masahisa Minamoto. Minamoto is a surname with some history in Japan. The ideographic characters for Masahisa may also be read in a manner that approximates the way Mak is pronounced in Japanese. He is married to Kanako “Kana” Yoshida Allen. The Allens have a daughter whose American name is Skye Maka Intireina Allen. Intireina is the matronymic version of McIntire. The ideographic characters for his daughter’s Japanese name, Maka, mean Full Brilliance. They live in Tokyo.For more details of his life see his blog.
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