Sunmark Publishing Rights Highlights
and NEWS Mail--February 2014 Issue

ichiroHello! How are you? My name is Ichiro Takeda–the same first name as Ichiro Suzuki of the New York Yankees–and I’m the rights manager for Sunmark Publishing Inc. I’ve been working in this business for 17 years and enjoy it very much. I always appreciate all your help and advice.
One of the wonderful things about this job is being able to meet many people who are from different countries and have different cultures and backgrounds.
My hobby is Kendo, a Japanese martial art (Japanese fencing), and I practice once or twice a week with my 11-year-old daughter. So if you need a secret service agent or security guard, please let me know and you can hire me. (Just kidding!)
I hope to see all of you again soon at book fairs and other venues where people from the world of books come together.

If you have any questions or inquiries about this NEWS Mail, please contact Mr. Ichiro Takeda, Rights Department (

Topic of the Month

See you at the Taipei International Book Exhibition 2014 in Taiwan from February 5th to 10th!

The Taipei International Book Exhibition is coming up again soon. It’s scheduled from February 5th to 10th, and one of our Rights Department members, Kanako Kurokawa, who is in charge of rights for China and Taiwan, is going to be there. Recently, the book market in Taiwan has been getting livelier, and some translated titles from Sunmark have become local bestsellers, including The Life-Changing, Pulsing Magic of Cleaning Up by Marie Kondo and The Enzyme Factor by Hiromi Shinya. If you’re going to take part in the Exhibition, we’re looking forward to having a chance to see you there.

Hot Titles

How to Live and Study After 50

by Fuyuji Domon


202 pages / November 2013 / 1,600 yen (w/o tax)

Lifelong worker and student. Retired at 51. Bestselling author at 56. What's the secret of maintaining an active lifestyle even after turning 85?


Confucius said, “At 40, I had no more doubts. At 50, I knew the will of Heaven.”
Indeed, if you think of life as organized into four stages like kishotenketsu in a Chinese poem–introduction, development, change and conclusion–you already have a clear picture of the path your life is taking by the time you’re 50, and you enter an age during which you prepare yourself for death. However, since many people now live past 80, Mr. Domon says that there is no longer any conclusion; there are only changes. In fact, the age of 50 is a turning point where there are constant changes and when one should pursue new horizons. Actually, Mr. Domon published his outstanding work Uesugi Yozan, a historical novel, when he was 56 years old. He left his regular job at the Metropolitan Government at 51 to devote himself to writing.
Mr. Domon adds that in order to support a lifestyle of changes, you need to increase your knowledge and refinement through study. This book is about how to study and what you need to do to go about it the right way. The Domon Study Method is geared toward people who are 50 and over, but people of all ages can apply its methodology and life attitude. This book is highly recommended for young people as well.

From the table of contents

What to study in order to die without decaying
A life that never matures or ends
Use what works for you–don’t worry about form
Free yourself from thinking of sleep as an obligation
Thought patterns to ease the mind and enrich the soul
Study methods that add to your life
Maintain a lifestyle that supports lifetime work and lifelong learning
Elliptical thinking that relates knowledge and action
Never question your motivation when you’re supposed to do something
Be like rice in a rice ball–both independent and cooperative
Different opinions are to be respected–be open-minded, not single-minded
Have the quiet resolve to be at peace with whatever happens

From the editor

Though Mr. Domon is over 86 years old, he has a serialized magazine publication and he publishes tens of books every year. In fact, now he is more active than ever. He worked in the Metropolitan Government until he retired at 51 years of age. When he was 56, he published Uesugi Yozan, a historical novel that became a major bestseller. How was that possible? Wouldn’t you like to know his secret? One of the reasons is that even now he continues to study.
So, what exactly does he do? Mr. Domon says that he reads dictionaries, buys several books and tears them up before using them, and as for newspapers, he reads them from the bottom up.
I was surprised because I didn’t expect him to mention such things, but the most surprising thing for me was his attitude toward life. He says that he doesn’t set a timetable for mental activities, and he improves his memory by “keeping the mirror of the mind clean.” It occurred to me that this disposition is connected to his creative work.
Actually, I myself turned 50 this year. During the production of this book, I couldn’t help thinking that this book was written just for me.


Fuyuji Domon

Fuyuji Domon was born in Tokyo in 1927. In 1944, he joined the Tsuchiura Naval Air Corps and volunteered for the Tokkotai (suicide corps), but the war ended in the following year. After the war, he started working for the Tokyo Metropolitan Government. He held many positions, including Head Official of Tokyo Metropolitan University, the governor’s secretary, Director of the Public Relations Office, Head of the Planning and Coordination Bureau and General Manager of the Policy Department. In 1960, he was nominated for the 43rd Akutagawa Prize for his book Kurai Kawa Ga Te Wo Tataku (The Dark River Claps Its Hands).

Mr. Domon left his job at the Metropolitan Government at the same time that Tokyo Governor Ryokichi Minobe retired and then devoted himself to writing after turning 50. He has written bestsellers, such as Uesugi Yozan. He has written several novels and non-fiction masterpieces in which he superimposes the experiences of historical figures to describe personnel and organization management, opening up new horizons and capturing the hearts of many readers. In 1999, he was awarded the Third Class of the Order of the Sacred Treasure. Some of his works are Takamori Saigo: A Novel (Gakuyo Shobo); Kanzo Uchimura’s Representative Men of Japan: Essays, Sontoku Ninomiya’s Business Administration (both published by PHP); Osamu Dazai’s Words of Encouragement (Chichi); Men of Dignity (Mikasa Shobo); Crisis Response Lessons from Warriors (Kadokawa); and numerous others.

The Laws of Sickness and Wellness

by Robert Hasinger


221 pages / November 2013 / 1,600 yen (w/o tax)

Why do people get sick? Here is the conclusion reached by a doctor who has extensive knowledge of medical treatments from all times and places.


Why do people get sick? What exactly does it mean to be healthy? This book covers questions that are difficult to answer. According to Dr. Robert Hasinger, living organisms get sick when adenosine triphosphate (ATP) is lacking somewhere in their bodies.
For example, a headache is a signal that there’s a problem inside our bodies.
If there’s no signal, the lack of ATP may persist and pose a threat to life. Disease symptoms are one of the bodily functions that help humans survive and perpetuate the species. Dr. Hasinger also says that it’s extremely important to get sick in order to create a healthy body. He is a German doctor with encyclopedic knowledge and an extremely retentive memory. He has studied and practiced all kinds of medicine from various time periods, starting with Western medicine and extending to Eastern medicine and even homeopathy. Dr. Hasinger’s message that sickness and health are not polar opposites but that humans need to fall sick in order to live healthy lives is backed by the extensive experience that he has acquired.
There is a lot of information in this book that people in their most productive years, people raising children and of course people who are concerned about their health will find eye-opening and informative. It can also be an excellent gift for anyone you want to wish lifelong health.

From the table of contents

Why is it good to warm your body when you catch a cold?
Don’t scold your children when there’s flu going around
If you want to have kids, have sex three times a week
Sickness is an important built-in mechanism that helps humans survive
You need positive emotions, not positive thinking
A healthy human body has a “Just-in-Time” system
An overly regular lifestyle will weaken your body
If you want to be healthy, increase your ATP

From the editor

Dr. Hasinger is a German living in Italy. He is proficient in many languages–he is fluent in German, Italian, English, Spanish and Portuguese, and he can speak a little Greek and Japanese. On top of that, he basically has encyclopedic knowledge of all kinds of medical practices from various time periods, and the depth and extent of his knowledge is almost overwhelming. As an editor, I have worked on health handbooks such as The Enzyme Factor, Raise Your Temperature and Improve Your HealthT and TWhat Makes THAT Good for Your Health?T However, this book is intellectually stimulating and can help you clearly understand the rules and principles of sickness and health.
I hope that many people will read this book so that they are not manipulated by cheap health tips about the right things to eat and so on.


Robert Hasinger

Robert Hasinger is a doctor, a classical homeopath and health researcher. Born in Germany in 1959, he graduated from Munich University’s School of Medicine (Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich). After working as a neurosurgery intern at a university hospital, he received training in all sorts of complementary and integrative treatments as well as psychotherapy, and then specialized in integrative medicine. He has taught in many countries, and he also provides consultation to individuals and organizations. He has been teaching classical homeopathy in Japan since 1999, and he established the Faculty of Classical Homeopathy Japan (FCH), where he offers homeopathy consultation to many Japanese patients. He is currently managing centers for holistic medicine in Rome and Umbria in Italy and in Germany. In Japan, he manages the Classical Homeopathy Center.