Sunmark Publishing Rights Highlights
and NEWS Mail--December 2015 Issue

Frankfurt Book Fair 2015 is behind us now

Another great book fair has ended successfully.  To those we met at the Fair, it was such a pleasure to meet you all.  It’s always inspiring to review books from different languages and backgrounds, and communicate with people from all over the world.  It does expand our awareness, and is an encouragement to come up with new ideas for our own projects.  We hope everyone who attended the Fair had wonderful and successful meetings—and had enough beer to last for another year!


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Important Life Lessons I Learned from the Superelite

by Kaoru Nakajima

ISBN978-4-7631-3494-3 C0030

173 pages / October 2015 / 1,500 yen (w/o tax)

37 hints for making yourself the best you can be, learned from elite friends from around the world


Are you living life to the fullest? The definition of “the good life” differs from person to person, but according to the author, Kaoru Nakajima, it’s about “realizing your talents as much as possible, being useful to others, and being thankful every day no matter what occurs.” In order to do this, it’s important to stay positive, focus on who you are now, and work diligently towards becoming the person you want to be. No matter how far away they may seem, not only is there a way to reach your goals, you may even find an unexpected way to set yourself off on the right path. This is something you can learn from how the elite live their lives.
The author refers to an “elite” individual as “a person who has their mind set on a clear goal and works earnestly towards it.” You don’t need to be rich, a company owner, a Hollywood star, or a famous athlete. However, that doesn’t mean this is an easy concept, because the number of people who actually stick with their goals is relatively small. As a successful businessman, the author of this book has developed relationships with many elite individuals in and outside of Japan. The valuable lessons relating to personal growth that he’s learned from these experiences are collected in this book. This book features 37+ accounts from people who achieved their goals, including Mariah Carey, Roger Federer, Bill Clinton, Jackie Chan, Shaquille O’Neal, Elton John, and Michael Jackson. Every account reads like a unique, dramatic story — each one having a key moral that anyone would find helpful.


In his long-awaited book, Kaoru Nakajima, a best-selling author who enjoys his life and job to the fullest, is ready to share what he’s learned from being around top athletes, artists, supermodels, entrepreneurs, presidents, aristocrats, and other world-famous individuals. Your life will start to change drastically from the moment you begin reading!

From the table of contents

・Dreams: No matter what happens, you can never give up  — Mariah Carey

・Fate: Follow the path you have been given — Elton John

・Charisma: Have a passion that is contagious — Shaquille O’Neal

・Amiability: The true meaning of “charm” — Jennifer Lopez

・Concentration: Place all your focus on “here and now” — Roger Federer

・Instinct: The power of insight — Diana Ross

・Unpredictability: The good meaning behind “betrayal” — Bill Clinton

・Learning: The joy of gaining something you didn’t have — Carlos Moya

・Charity: Be important to someone — Jackie Chan

・Freedom: Have the strength to follow your own path without relying on others — Andre Agassi

From the editor

Kaoru Nakajima is friends with a slew of household names. If that isn’t impressive enough, the opportunities that led to these chance meetings are unique, and the many precious lessons learned from them are truly amazing. As I watched him learn so many impressive things from the many impressive people he regularly came into contact with, I often thought it’d be great if he wrote a book about what he’s learned. Now that that’s been done, I am overjoyed to have the completed book in my hands. You may be initially shocked by the list of big names you see in the table of contents, but what you see is true. This book contains stories that were shared with Nakajima while meeting for food and laughter. This book is interesting even as a casual read, so it’s definitely worth a trip to the bookstore. My personal favorites include the accounts by Carlos Moya and the previous CEO of Zenith Watch Company, Thierry Nataf. I am eager to hear which stories you relate to the most!


Kaoru Nakajima

Kaoru Nakajima, born on March 7, 1952, wrote “Good-by morning” which won the Grand Prize at the 7th World Pop Song Festival. In 1982, he began working with the multi-level marketing company Amway, where his annual turnover reached around nine billion yen. Traveling around the world for business allowed him to expand his network to surprising proportions, meeting pro athletes, world-famous singers, artists, and the like. When he isn’t busy networking, he lends his support to companies that train seeing-eye dogs. Kaoru Nakajima’s books — all of them bestsellers about the philosophy of a challenging and positive lifestyle — include, It’s Never Too Late to Start! (Vols. 1 & 2), Money Philosophy, Simple Rules to Success, You Are the Only One Who Knows the Answer (Sunmark paperback), Destiny Is Waiting for You to Decide, The Laws of  the Universe, the Heart that Attracts Its Desires, and The Secret of the Ages (supervised translation) (Sunmark hardcover).