Sunmark Publishing Rights Highlights
and NEWS Mail--March 2016 Issue

Happy Valentine’s Day!201603

February 14th was Valentine’s Day, and we’d love to send our best wishes for this special day to you all. May your every day be filled with love, laughter, and happiness as you travel through your wonderful life. By the way, Japanese Valentine’s Day is nothing like others. In Japan, there’s a strong tradition of women giving chocolates to men on Valentine’s Day. You’ll start to see large displays of chocolates in department stores and grocery stores from mid-January, and stores become packed with women.If you ever happen to be in Japan during this time of a year, it may be interesting to take a look at the chocolate sections of major department stores.


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Topics of the Month

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up and Spark Joy in multiple bestseller lists!

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up ranked #1 in USA Today bestselling list for the first time.


The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up and Spark Joy rank #1 & 2, respectively, in The Wall Street Journal hardcover nonfiction bestselling list.


The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up and Spark Joy also rank #1 & 2, respectively, in The New York Times bestseller list.

Marie Kondo’s book tour in the UK and the USA has been a great success!

Marie Kondo has just come back from her tour to the UK and the USA. As a result of her exposure there, she was picked by media such as the Daily Telegraph, BBC Radio, The New York Times, USA Today, Vogue, People, and others. She also was featured on Good Morning America, a popular daily live TV program in the USA.

Hot Titles

Use Thumb Stimulation to Rejuvenate Your Brain!

by Yoshiya Hasegawa

ISBN978-4-7631-3506-3 C0036

160 pages / December 2015 / 1,300 yen (w/o tax)

A powerful health method approved by top doctors that takes only one minute a day!


“I no longer forget things!” “My head’s clear!” “I’m no longer jittery!”

This book thoroughly discusses “thumb stimulation,” which has been causing quite a stir all over the country. Your fingers are thought to act as a “second brain,” and it’s long been said that people who keep their fingers busy stay sharp through old age. But how exactly should we be using our fingers? This book introduces a way to improve your brain’s health that cognitive impairment prevention experts stand behind. It improves blood flow, revitalizes, and rejuvenates. Try this miraculous health method right away!

From the table of contents

Prologue              The fingers are your “second brain”
Chapter 1            The thumb’s miraculous power to revive memory and bodily strength
Chapter 2            Rejuvenate your brain with “thumb stimulation”

Chapter 3            Rejuvenate your brain with the “thumb stimulation lifestyle”
Chapter 4            11 things to avoid for a healthy brain

From the editor

When it comes to grasping, holding, tying, shutting, turning, and other important daily actions, our thumbs are extremely important. This book contains the fruits of Hasegawa’s research about the brain and fingers that you’ll find especially interesting and helpful. This is a must-read!


Yoshiya Hasegawa

Yoshiya Hasegawa was born in Nagoya, Japan. He graduated from the Nagoya City University Graduate School of Medical Sciences and Medical School as a doctor of medicine. As one of Japan’s leading cognitive impairment medical specialists, he treats up to 1,000 patients per month. His research on the relationship between the brain and fingers allowed him to develop “thumb stimulation,” which is a method proven to be the answer to cognitive impairment prevention and brain injury rehabilitation. This has gained him nationwide recognition, with requests for lectures and writing coming in regularly. He established a cognitive repair clinic that provides a house-call service in Gifu, Japan, in 2000. The clinic has served numerous patients within a 100-kilometer radius. Of the more than 30,000 house calls the clinic has performed since its opening, over 400 have involved providing end-of-life care.

Improve Your Health in Just 5 Minutes with Intense Heat Stimulation

by Kuniaki Imoto

ISBN978-4-7631-3460-8 C0030

190 pages / December 2015 / 1,300 yen (w/o tax)

The author of the book series “Jintai-Rikigaku” that’s sold a record 450,000 copies introduces a cure-all health method.


Everybody wants to avoid illness, poor health, and pain, or at the very least keep related symptoms from growing worse. “Intense heat stimulation” is the answer. If put into practice, this method is sure to improve countless conditions including headaches, lower back pain, knee pain, sciatica, gynecological trouble, cancer, dermatitis, high blood pressure, arteriosclerosis, shingles, the common cold, poor eyesight, stiff shoulders, insomnia, cold sensitivity, chronic fatigue, hay fever, constipation, asthma, menopausal disorders, and dry skin. This method is highly effective, simple, and requires no special preparation.


Having done close to 1,000,000 check-ups, the author, Kuniaki Imoto, has full knowledge of how the human body works. Imoto says the information in this book is so effective that you won’t believe how easily and quickly your symptoms go away.


In this book, the author of the bestselling series “Jintai-Rikigaku” tells about a health method he discovered through extensive research and experience.

From the table of contents

Chapter 1            Why are you constantly ill and in pain?

Chapter 2            What makes intense heat stimulation really work?
Chapter 3            The secret to getting the most out of heat stimulation
Chapter 4            How does a sick body become a self-healing body?
Chapter 5            Intense heat stimulation that strengthens a weakened body

Intense heat stimulation responds to all symptoms!

From the editor

Already 15 years have passed since I became an editor. Having always been interested in the body, I’ve worked on a lot of books that deal with sports and health. People have a basic desire to live a healthy life, and this creates a competitive market where health fads come and go quickly. The ones that survive are the methods that bring real results to real people. “Intense heat stimulation” will completely exceed your expectations. I tend to get sick when the temperature changes even slightly. My eyesight has also been deteriorating recently, and I’d been experiencing knee and back pain. When I tried intense heat stimulation, however, my symptoms were relieved. Practicing this method when you’re shivering and feeling a cold coming on will raise your temperature back up to normal, and doing it when your eyes are hazy will put them right back into focus. As pain goes away, you get a growing sense of relief. While editing this book, I passed a kidney stone. Although kidney stones are considered to be one of the big three when it comes to pain, the pain was greatly lessened and I was able to pass the stone in just three days thanks to Imoto’s method. Having personally benefited from this book, I’m able to wholeheartedly recommend it to you.


Kuniaki Imoto

Kuniaki Imoto is a doctor of medicine born in Yamaguchi Prefecture, Japan, in 1944. He is the chairman and founder of Imoto-seitai, as well as the founder of Jintai-Rikigaku.  The author began learning about seitai, a manipulative therapy based on Chinese and Japanese traditions that incorporates osteopathy, massage, and chiropractic methods, from his father, Yoshio, at the age of five. Later, he worked in the field of acupuncture in Europe while studying Western medicine in Switzerland and Germany. Since coming back to Japan, he’s been practicing seitai in Tokyo and Yamaguchi. For the purpose of training a future successor, his schools located in the Harajuku and Otowa areas of Tokyo were consolidated into one location for both Jintai-Rikigaku and Imoto-seitai in Sendagaya, Tokyo, in August 2004. He is constantly commuting back and forth from Tokyo to Yamaguchi to train his many students. He has published many books as an author, including the best-selling series “Jintai-Rikigaku”.