Sunmark Publishing Rights Highlights
and NEWS Mail--December 2017 Issue



I’m  Kanako Kurokawa, an editor and a member of the Rights Department at Sunmark.


I attended the Frankfurt Book Fair last month and had many meetings. That was the sixth time I had visited Frankfurt. I found some interesting books there that sounded good for Japanese readers.


I was especially interested in a book about sisu. Sisu is a Finnish concept, and in a word, it means “endurance” or “resilience”. I think Finnish and Japanese people have a lot in common, so the sisu book should be well received by the Japanese.


In Frankfurt I met many friends and business partners from all over the world. I felt strongly that  global bestsellers (e.g., The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo) are  driven by connections between these people!

If you have any questions or inquiries about this NEWS Mail, please contact Ms. Shino Kobayashi, Rights Manager (

Topics of the Month

The Stanford Method for Ultimate Sound Sleep and The “Trunk Muscle Reset Diet” That Top Models Have Kept Secret are doing very well in the market.

Both are ranked in the top 10 bestselling lists of several major nationwide bookstore chains and distributors in Japan. The methods discussed in those books have been picked up and featured in TV programs, which has boosted their sales after being aired.

Editors of the Month


An older editor who’s young at heart
Though I’m the oldest editor in my company, for several years I’ve been overdosed with a young Japanese young rock band called “back number”.

Singing their songs in karaoke sessions is kind of my secret pleasure.

My hobby is sports and playing guitar, and these days I’ve been particularly bent on bowling, appropriate for my age.


Outstanding Past Achievements: 

Being Hungry Makes You Healthy  by Yoshinori Nagumo, M.D.

The Rules of the Full Moon by Yasuyuki Sato

Take Soapless Baths for Rejuvenated Skin! by Yoko Takahashi



Hello, my name is Akiko Kuwajima, and I’m a member of the editorial department at Sunmark Publishing.

I love reading, traveling and eating. Every summer I go to Okinawa, where I spend my days reading, drinking beer and millet brandy and hanging out at the ocean.

I’ve done a wide variety of books, such as those on business, psychology, cooking, manga, and other topics. My aim in editing is to create a book that will help others in some way.


Outstanding Past Achievements:

Thought Training by Makoto Ito


Hot Titles

Improve Blood Flow with the Flip of a Switch

by Yoshihiko Watanabe

ISBN978-4-7631-3623-7 C0036

159 pages / Jyly 2017 / 1,300 yen (w/o tax)

This 5-minute method for improving blood flow will eliminate a variety of conditions such as high blood pressure, frozen shoulder, depression and dizziness!


We know that blood flow is an extremely important part of good health. We also know that exercise helps increase blood flow. But exercising can be difficult for various reasons such as injury, illness or a lack of time. The good news is that there’s a spot on our hand that acts as a switch that instantly improves blood flow throughout the body. All you have to do is push it.


In Eastern medicine, this all-purpose pressure point is called gokoku. If you’re thinking this is just another book about pressure points, you’d be very wrong. The difference is that the author, Dr. Watanabe, has helped countless people remedy their chronic conditions with his treatments. He has answered the hopes and prayers of many patients who longed to improve their high blood pressure, relieve pain or cure conditions of an unknown cause.


Dr. Yoshihiko Watanabe is a cardiovascular internal medicine specialist and medical professor at Tokyo Women’s Medical University’s Higashi Medical Center. He often appears on television to discuss cardiovascular health, and is known for always wearing a blood pressure monitor around his wrist, but this book focuses on his clinical data and treatments related to gokoku.


Chronic conditions such as high blood pressure, stiff shoulders, frozen shoulder, Temporomandibular Disorders (TMD) , vertigo, depression, and vision and hearing impairment can be treated just by pressing the gokoku. It has been dubbed the “long-life switch,” having turned around the lives of many patients.


The hurts-so-good treatment method is easy and effective. You need to do it only twice a day for 10 minutes each time — 5 minutes for each hand.


Dr. Watanabe explains how to easy it is to find the pressure point. You don’t even need to hit the pressure point directly; being slightly off won’t make a difference. Massaging the gokoku pressure point will help you live a much more comfortable life.

From the table of contents

  • Instantly lower your blood pressure from 170 to 120!
  • I was able to raise my arms again after the first treatment
  • Symptoms of cervical vertebrae damage such as numbness and stiff shoulders vanished
  • Stiff shoulders, partial blindness and depression disappeared
  • Anxiety and dizziness went away
  • Temporomandibular Disorders (TMD) were cured, and I was able to eat sushi again
  • It was all thanks to the gokoku switch increasing blood flow
  • Gokoku has the same effect as trigger-point injections
  • Pressing the gokoku eliminates pain
  • Press the “long-life switch” like this for 10 minutes
  • Don’t do it in the bath, because it rapidly lowers your blood pressure
  • Gokoku massage therapy also prevents dementia

From the editor "Hanae"

Dr. Watanabe’s finger pressure massage was quite painful for me. As he massaged my hand, he explained he could tell by the firmness of my hand how stiff my shoulders were. I was just cringing, trying not to stop breathing, and waiting for it to be over. However, once I opened my eyes again, I felt like I could see more clearly than before. My shoulders also felt more limber than ever. My body was warm and I started to perspire. This happened before we began working on the book, and many experiences shared by other patients since then have proven the effectiveness of the treatment. In this book, we explain why pressing a particular point on the hands brings such massive results. You’ll be eager to share this hurts-so-good health method with all of your friends and family!


Yoshihiko Watanabe

Yoshihiko Watanabe is a doctor at Tokyo Women’s Medical University (Higashi Medical Center of Internal Medicine). Born in Chiba Prefecture, Japan, in 1952, Watanabe graduated from St. Marianna University School of Medicine in 1978 and finished his doctoral course there in 1984. In 1995, he went to the USA to be a visiting associate professor at the University of Minnesota’s Halberg Chronobiology Center. He studied internal medicine of the circulatory system, specializing in high blood pressure. From August of 1987, Dr. Watanabe began wearing a blood pressure monitor and has been wearing one constantly for 30 years, earning him the nickname of “the blood pressure doctor.” He is known for his clear explanations and for providing a light, friendly atmosphere in his examination room, attracting patients from all over Japan. He has authored many other books, including 49 Ways to Easily Lower Blood Pressure (Ascom).

Quit Smoking Effortlessly

by Haruyuki Kawai

ISBN978-4-7631-3523-0 C0036

270 pages / July 2017 / 1,400 yen (w/o tax)

A smoking cessation specialist’s fun and clever guide to quitting.


Determination, perseverance, a trip to a smoking cessation clinic and reading are all important in your quest to quit smoking. But somehow it always ends in failure, making you feel weak-willed and eventually giving up all together.


The author insists, actually, that it has nothing to do with a weak will.

He says it’s unwise to rely on your willpower to reach your goals. Before trying to quit, it’s important to know what type of dependency you have: physical, behavioral or psychological. Just choosing to “go for it” isn’t the right way to quit successfully.


Simply put, as long as you know what type of addiction you have, you can quit without much effort or willpower. This book, written by a medical specialist with 18 years of experience in mindfulness, neurology and psychology, provides an easy way to quit smoking.

Are you ready to quit for good?

From the table of contents

Chapter 1            Why is it so hard to quit smoking?

Chapter 2            Three reasons why you can’t quit

Chapter 3            How to get over a physical addiction

Chapter 4            How to get over a behavioral addiction

Chapter 5            How to get over a psychological addiction

Chapter 6            Exercise self-control for better results

Chapter 7            Your life will improve after you quit smoking

From the editor "Kuro"

Discussions about second-hand smoke and price hikes have brought a lot of attention to cigarette smoking, and many smokers are looking to quit.

I’m not a smoker, but this book taught me a lot about brain science, psychology and mindfulness. Although I don’t smoke, I sometimes binge drink, and I realized that this book could also help many people achieve sobriety.

This book provides the definitive method for giving up cigarettes, and I hope it reaches to people who needs it.


Haruyuki Kawai

Haruyuki Kawai is a smoking cessation specialist at Okayama Saiseikai General Hospital, where he is the head of the Cancer Chemotherapy Center. He is also a member of the Japan Cancer Association and The Japan Lung Cancer Society. As a respiratory physician and oncologist, he has observed over 700 patients with lung cancer in more than 20 years.


Seeing many of his patients fall ill due to smoking, and being overly busy almost burned him out. He then realized how important quitting smoking is. This influenced him to change his career focus to smoking cessation as a deterrent to lung cancer, hoping to help as many people as possible to successfully quit smoking.


Outside of his hospital work, he is active on social networking sites where he provides advice on how to quit smoking. His smoking cessation clinic has helped smokers quit with ease for the last 18 years. He also publishes scientific reports and gives presentations at conferences, while also giving lectures to the general public about smoking cessation. In addition, he has appeared on TV and in various publications.