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

201407tennisRecently, tennis has been becoming more popular in Japan since Kei Nishikori, one of the top Japanese tennis players, has had great results at big world tournaments. The sport is also getting attention at Sunmark Publishing because some staff members have formed an in-house Tennis Club team and they meet regularly. Early every summer, there is a tournament held by the publishers’ health insurance union, and a doubles team from Sunmark took part in it this June. When it was over, the team had come in third place in the second division, so now we’re hoping for their success as they face a challenge in the first division next year.

If you have any questions or inquiries about this NEWS Mail, please contact Mr. Ichiro Takeda, Rights Department (rights@sunmark.co.jp).

Topic of the Month

The Life-Changing, Pulsing Magic of Cleaning Up is receiving offers one after another from many countries! 

The worldwide bestseller The Life-Changing, Pulsing Magic of Cleaning Up by Marie Kondo is having great sales in every country where it’s been released, including China, Korea, Taiwan, Germany, and the U.K. Furthermore, contracts from the U.S., Italy, Thailand, and Brazil have already been signed (the U.S. edition will be released Oct. 14, 2014 by Ten Speed Press). The popularity of this book keeps on growing, and offers from many other countries are coming together now. Be sure not to miss the chance to check on this book, which can solve the problem of tidying up that’s common all over the world.

Hot Titles

Taxi Drivers Will Teach You About Life and Management

by Kazuyoshi Komiya

ISBN978-4-7631-3368-7

219 pages / April 2014 / 1,400 yen (w/o tax)

19 useful tips for your life and job that a charismatic management consultant learned from 2,000 taxi drivers.

Description

What do you talk about with the drivers when you ride in taxis?
The author of this book, management consultant Kazuyoshi Komiya, rode in over 200 taxis a year while touring the country as a consultant, speaking with up to 2,000 taxi drivers.
According to Mr. Komiya, hearing about the current state of affairs from the drivers’ perspectives gives us a fixed-point observation of microeconomics, and listening to their life stories gives a lot of invaluable insight into life and management.
According to Mr. Komiya, people can learn from anyone in any situation, and this is not limited to taxis.
People can learn and pick up insights from all their everyday surroundings.
It is in this way that a widely trusted, charismatic management consultant found 19 useful tips for your life and job while riding in taxis.
Stories that uplift and surprise, stories you can sympathize with, and stories that remind Japanese of forgotten virtues.
This is a collection of stories, all of which will surprise and touch you.
What insights can you get from once-in-a-lifetime encounters with taxi drivers?
After reading this book, you’re guaranteed to start looking forward to your taxi rides.

From the table of contents

Thinking you don’t want to suffer a loss, or thinking you don’t want to cause someone a loss
Drivers who claimed there are still “unknown roads” after 46 years in business
The tendency to fall into a three-year trap of thinking you know
Looking at what small things were neglected won’t prove what went wrong
Keep in mind that taking “1” from “100” is zero
Any current wealth isn’t at all a sure thing
Spend more time than money on building a happy home
“About the same” and “the same” are two different concepts
The poor drivers who got the base fare of 710 yen thrown at them by young customers.
Managers can prevent employees from acting on impulse by being considerate
There is a long road separating adulthood and prestige
My experience of being able to witness my mother’s last breath due to a series of unexpected events
What are you in charge of at your job?

From the editor

Now that I have two children to carry around with me, I take taxis more frequently than I used to.
All of the taxi drivers I have encountered have said the same thing: “The most enjoyable time is when the children are small. Kids grow up so fast.”
Hearing those words, as I was juggling restless kids who wouldn’t sit still, was a little reassuring.
It seems that many people in the taxi-driving business come to the driver’s seat with an abundance of life experiences.
They are given a small peek at the lives of the many people they drive around from day to day, hearing all kinds of stories and conversations.
If you think about it, it is a deeply interesting job.
How Mr. Komiya usually speaks with taxi drivers is highlighted by the art of seeking out information from someone, and the heartfelt interactions he has in these once-in-a-lifetime encounters with various taxi drivers are very touching.
In this book written by Mr. Komiya from the insightful point of view of a management consultant, there were many points throughout that brought me close to tears.

Author:

Kazuyoshi Komiya

Kazuyoshi Komiya is a management consultant and representative director of Komiya Consultants Corp. In addition, he also works as a part-time executive and advisor for over a dozen other companies. Born in Osaka in 1957, he graduated from the Kyoto University law department, moving on to Dartmouth College in America before finishing his education at the Amos Tuck School of Business, where he received an MBA. He currently works with Mitsubishi Bank, Okamoto Associates, and Nippon Welfare Service (now Saint-Care Holding Company).
As an author he has released Do All Necessary Things Properly, Human Principles, People That Can Be Ridiculously Serious Aren’t Ridiculous (Sunmark), “Ability to Discover” – An Academic Course for Businessmen, A Company President’s Knowledge (Discover 21), How to Finish Reading Financial Statements in 1 Second! (Toyo Keizai), and A Company President’s Textbook (Diamond Co.).

Make Your Wife the Head of the Company Right Away

A trick to wealth creation that even an office worker can learn.

by Jin Sakashita

ISBN978-4-7631-3360-1

192 pages / Feb 2014 / 1,500 yen (w/o tax)

What's this idea of a "private company" that has brought a fortune of several hundreds of millions of yen to married couples on the verge of bankruptcy?

Description

Office workers are set up so that they can’t easily become wealthy.
This should become clear if you just take a look at the situation around you.
Even though there may be people who have worked hard to receive a promotion and raise their salary, it seems there isn’t a single person who is able to work a little while living a life of leisure as a result of that hard work.
What can an office worker do, then, in order to prosper?
There is only one way, and that is to create a “private company” as a couple, and put your wife in charge.
By doing this, you can soon become a wealthy married couple with money continuously flowing in.
Those who believe that monetary wealth is limited only to a handful of lucky people should read this book, and then that belief will surely change.

From the table of contents

A discovery that led our family to wealth in five years
Nothing is as wasteful of your wife’s talents as a part-time job.
Throw away the concept of becoming rich on your own
An express ticket to wealth that anyone can create in three hours
The world’s best no-risk, high-return way to create wealth
An extreme way to cut home and car maintenance costs
A trick for dual-income couples and bachelors!

From the editor

Throughout the editing process, I began to think very hard about putting into practice some of the points mentioned in this book.
Actually, I wish I had had this knowledge much earlier in life.
Hearing something like “I gained several hundreds of millions of yen in just five years” sounds very suspicious, but that’s simply not the case.
You will find this book quite logical as it explains wealth creation in terms of the essence of money and the legislative system.
The author also happens to be a banker, so with that said, it is expected that as soon as you put down this book you, too, will think, “All right, let’s try it!”

Author:

Jin Sakashita

Jin Sakashita works in a management position for Mitsubishi Bank, one of the three largest Japanese banks. As someone who is good with money, he’s worked as a consultant offering financial guidance, loans, and customer advice throughout his 20s, seeing several cases of success and bankruptcy right before his own eyes. However, entrusting too much of his money to the stock market caused him to fall into a debt so enormous that he had to pay his home loan with his parents’ annual pension and get by with only the clothes on his back that he purchased at a flea market for 300 yen. Then, on the verge of bankruptcy and realizing “the essence of money,” he was able to repay all of his debt within five years. At this time, he was receiving tens of thousands of yen in cash flow, giving him so much economic freedom he could have bought a precious three million yen diamond on impulse if he had wanted to. While working at the bank, he also works for a volunteer company striving to enlighten and guide office workers to find wealth and prosperity.