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

201409baskeThis summer, a new staff member joined Sunmark’s editorial department. Because he has a lot of experience playing basketball, we got excited about forming an in-house basketball team, and almost immediately the idea took shape. Now the voluntary members gather in original uniforms and practice twice a month for the tournament coming this month. Not all of them are too serious about it, but they do enjoy playing very much as a good opportunity to refresh themselves. Why don’t you try beginning some exercise for the coming of the best season for sports?

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Topic of the Month

Taichi Kogure, a famous economics journalist in Japan, has written three books in series: Kaiji – Larger Than Life! – About Money, Kaiji – Success Is a Must! About How to Work and Kaiji – Rise Up from Rock Bottom – About How to Live. Since the first book was released in April 2013, it’s generated a reaction among many readers because of its unique concept that simplifies complicated economic mechanisms using examples from Kaiji, the famous manga series that’s sold over 20 million copies. The third book was just released this June, and the number of copies is still increasing though it’s now reached a total of 300,000 copies.
If you’re interested in this series, please contact Mr. Ichiro Takeda, Rights Department (rights@sunmark.co.jp).

Hot Titles

Kaiji - Success Is a Must! - About How to Work

by Taichi Kogure

ISBN978-4-7631-3350-2

263 pages / November 2013 / 1,500 yen (w/o tax)

The follow-up to the bestseller that got Japan talking!
This book explains the work ethic and mindset of those who succeed!

Description

The hit manga Kaiji (illustrated by Nobuyuki Fukumoto and published by Kodansha) that taught us “money knowledge” is back with this book explaining the work ethic and mindset needed to survive the times.

Recently, a lot of attention has been given to the work ethic and how it relates to a “work-life balance.” At the same time, we have a social issue at hand involving the exploitation of employees by companies, as people are forced to work in harsh, labor-intensive environments.

What do we need to know in order to achieve happiness and success in this type of Japanese company? In Kaiji, with its impactful and artistic interpretation of the capitalist money game, the author explains that you have the strength and wisdom to find this happiness on your own. Also, money, work ethic, and your lifestyle are the three key aspects important in finding this happiness. He warns that if even one of these is lacking, a sense of well-being is unattainable.

Enjoy the point of view of a young, up-and-coming economics journalist by digging into Kaiji, which can be considered a textbook on money and one’s lifestyle. You are sure to discover a work ethic you can take seriously.

From the table of contents

Preface: Tomorrow only comes to those who worked hard today
Chapter one: Say “I have to win” rather than “Winning would be nice”
Chapter two: The rules of a cruel society that Kaiji lives by
Chapter three: Lessons from soldiers about mindset and willing success to happen
Chapter four: The road to the top and complete victory
Final Chapter: Obtain success and happiness simultaneously

From the editor

Many people found the predecessor to this bestseller delightfully easy to understand, and it left them wanting to know more about economics. I wanted this second book to be the same in that it would meet the expectations of those interested in economics as well as Kaiji fans.
The author, Taichi Kogure, was very particular about utilizing the manga style as a framework for the editing process, paying attention to context, speech, and when to use quotations. I was also immersing myself in Kaiji as I was editing. Reading manga while working can really clutter your mind, but I am very pleased with how this book turned out.

Author:

Taichi Kogure

Taichi Kogure is an economics writer and journalist. Along with bestsellers like Kaiji – Larger Than Life! – About Money (Sunmark), he has also written How Long Must We Work Like This? (Seikaisha), The Simplest Ever Book on Economics (Diamond, Inc.), and Now For Adam Smith’s Story – Happiness, Morals and Financial Stability to Aim Towards (Matoma Publishing Co., Ltd.).

Since graduating from Meiji University’s economics department, he’s worked at such companies as Fuji Film, CyberAgent, and Recruit. Taichi Kogure was known for his ability to explain difficult concepts in simple terms. While a university student, he independently released a book on economics entitled T.K. Theory, which became a huge hit around campus. The book continues to sell as required reading within the economics department.

Taichi Kogure has received high praise for his ability to speak and communicate on everyone’s level and is considered highly experienced in practical business.

Kaiji - Rise Up from Rock Bottom - About How to Live

by Taichi Kogure

ISBN978-4-7631-3372-4

254 pages / June 2014 / 1,500 yen (w/o tax)

This is the third volume of Kaiji, the bestselling manga series about economics.
The last of the rules you need to know to survive in this world.

Description

Following the first two volumes of the Kaiji manga series (the bestselling Kaiji – Larger Than Life! – About Money and KaijiSuccess Is a Must – About How to Work) comes a third book, Kaiji – Rise Up from Rock Bottom – About How to Live!

Since the beginning of the series, the author has maintained that “money, work ethic, and lifestyle are the three key aspects” important in finding happiness and success in your work, so what specific rules of thumb needed to survive in this cruel world are presented in this book?

The popular manga series starts off with the words “The future is in our hands,” which makes Rise Up from Rock Bottom a fitting continuation as it is essentially a textbook on how to live. The author says, “More than just an economics issue, the real issue involves individuals losing their way and feeling a sense of loss,” and these words come from the viewpoint of a man who experienced the world economic crisis before 1950. It can be said, though, that we’re currently on a similar path to the same serious issues.

In this era, amidst economic saturation, as we’ve lost our way and focus, what is it we need to do and what is the guiding principle to live by? In this world of free competition, we are told that dreams come true if we work hard enough. In what way, then, can we move forward in life when we realize this may not be true? Kaiji presents us with “a road to a new life.” In this book, you will find hints on how to “stand on your own two feet and open up your life.”

From the table of contents

Preface: Live as if you want to live, or live as if you’re dead?
Chapter one: Two enemies you need to destroy to change your life
Chapter two: Things you need to know to rise up from rock bottom
Chapter three: If you negate yourself, your life is over
Chapter four: Aim for a life that shines brightly for you
Chapter five: For changing your life right away

From the editor

At the time About Money became a bestseller, selling over 160,000 copies, the concept for About How to Live was already coming to mind. I was moved to tears when we received messages of support from readers, asking insistently for a third volume. The concept of this book deals with the desire of many to defeat one’s enemies. The first book dealt with debt, the second book with the tendency to slack off, and this book tackles self-doubt. Why do we automatically see ourselves as completely worthless? By thinking this way about ourselves, we create our own enemies. This book was made for those who want to believe in themselves.

Author:

Taichi Kogure

Taichi Kogure is an economics writer and journalist. Along with bestsellers like Kaiji – Larger than Life! – About Money (Sunmark), he has also written How Long Must We Work Like This? (Seikaisha), The Simplest Ever Book on Economics (Diamond, Inc.), and Now For Adam Smith’s Story – Happiness, Morals and Financial Stability to Aim Towards (Matoma Publishing Co., Ltd.).

Since graduating from Meiji University’s economics department, he’s worked at such companies as Fuji Film, CyberAgent, and Recruit. Taichi Kogure was known for his ability to explain difficult concepts in simple terms. While a university student, he independently released a book on economics entitled T.K. Theory, which became a huge hit around campus. The book continues to sell as required reading within the economics department.

Taichi Kogure has received high praise for his ability to speak and communicate on everyone’s level and is considered highly experienced in practical business.