Sunmark Publishing Rights Highlights
and NEWS Mail--September 2019 Issue

Hello, I’m Akiko Kuwajima, a book editor and a staff member of the Rights Department at Sunmark Publishing.


Recently, a book I was in charge of, The Art of the Good Life: 52 Surprising Shortcuts to Happiness, by Rolf Dobelli from Switzerland,  has been making a hit in Japan. This book has sold 150,000 copies in 4 months. I’m happy, because it’s not only very interesting but also a great book.


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

Topic of the Month

Before the Coffee Gets Cold, still active several years after its release.

Before the Coffee Get Cold, our bestselling novel of 2015, has been sold and translated into 16 languages so far. Some have been published already, and among them, the Complex Chinese edition became a bestseller. At the beginning of this year, the author was invited to Taiwan to do a tour of bookstores and join some events at the Taiwan International Book Fair. 


The story takes place at a small coffee shop, where you can travel back to the past.  But it has some rather complicated rules for traveling. You can only go back to your past while the coffee is still warm, and you are not able to change the past. There are four short stories in the book, each one of them filled with emotions that we can relate to ourselves. 

Hot Titles

kokoro --The Mind.

by Kazuo Inamori

ISBN978-4-7631-3243-7 C0030

205 pages / June 2019 / 1,700 yen (w/o tax)

The lifework of charismatic leader Kazuo Inamori has arrived!


This long-awaited follow-up to the million-selling A Compass to Fulfillment is 15 years in the making. Everything begins and ends with “the mind.”


Kazuo Inamori, who created two of the world’s giant corporations, Kyocera and KDDI, and who guided Japan Airlines to a miraculous recovery, has truly reached new horizons.


Looking back on his more than 80 years of life, there is one thing Mr. Inamori wants to relay to his readers: The mind decides everything.


All things that occur in life are a reflection of the mind. The author sees this as a fact of life. In this respect, what you embrace mentally largely affects your life.


It is the key to living a happy and fulfilling life.


The author, who has been in the forefront of the business world, shares with his readers what state of mind we should all be in.


If you want to further improve your life, try the “Inamori Philosophy.”

From the table of contents

◎ Everything in life is a reflection of the mind
◎ Be thankful for everything

◎ It will pay off to behave altruistically

◎ Believe you can in the moment

◎ Big goals have to be shared to be reached

And more…


Kazuo Inamori

Kazuo Inamori was born in 1932 in Kagoshima, Japan, and graduated from Kagoshima University. He established Kyoto Ceramic Co., Ltd. (the present Kyocera Corporation) in 1959. After serving as President and Chairman of the Board, he became Chairman Emeritus in 1997. In 1984 he founded the DDI Corporation (currently called KDDI) and was appointed Chairman of the Board. In 2001 he was appointed Honorary Advisor of the KDDI Corporation. In 1984 he also established the Inamori Foundation and the Kyoto Prize, an annual award that honors significant contributions to humanity.

A War I’d Fight!

by Daisuke Kita

ISBN978-4-7631-3769-2 C8793

32 pages / June 2019 / 1,200 yen (w/o tax)

A picture book about war that makes children laugh!


“Gentlemen! Nobody cries in this war, so it’s difficult to determine a victory!”

This is a unique picture book!

Even though it’s about war, it makes children laugh with every turn of the page!

They laugh so hard their stomachs hurt.
No need to worry, mom and dad. It has a very poignant ending that will surprise you.

Without further ado, here is a summary!

One night, the protagonist starts to play war, but it isn’t any ordinary war!

“Gentlemen, if you make your enemy laugh, you win!”  

That’s right. There’s only one rule in this war. Making your enemy laugh ensures victory. War tactics include attacks with “poop missiles” and “tickle machine guns.” So, what was the outcome!?


Isn’t this a better way to deal with tough times?

This deep, historical and utterly annoying picture book will change your perspective!

From the editor "Kisshie"


The title will likely startle you at first glance, but please remain calm! The message in this book is not at all one of violence. On the contrary, if the type of war you see in this book came true, it would probably make the entire world laugh. When this story is read to children, they giggle so hard their stomachs hurt. If you’re wondering what on earth could be that funny, take a look for yourself!


Daisuke Kita

Daisuke Kita was born July 7, 1979, in Okayama Prefecture. As a comedian, he has appeared on NHK and private broadcasts, as well as in TV commercials. He also works as an illustrator for magazines and corporate advertisements.

As his father was in the Self-Defense Forces, war was a common household topic. His hobby and passion is aikido. This is his first authored work.