About: Cindy Mullins

Cindy MullinsCindy Mullins has loved books and languages ever since her mom began dropping her off on Saturdays for “Story Hour” at the Carnegie-built library of the small southern U.S. town she grew up in. She came to Tokyo in 1985 to study Japanese, taught English for a time on Shikoku Island, and still calls Japan home. A respected member of Japan’s publishing industry for over two decades, Cindy has done everything from producing and running magazines and journals to acquiring titles for major publishers like Charles E. Tuttle and John Wiley & Sons and shepherding them into print.

Meet the Authors: A Book Launch Party at the FCCJ

May 21, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Media Tectonics cordially invites you to a “Meet the Authors” cocktail party and dinner at the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Japan on Wednesday, May 30, 2012, at 7:00 p.m. Enjoy an all-you-can-eat buffet, open bar, interesting stories, and a chance to win one or more books for 6,500 yen (prepaid-see below), or 7,000 yen at the door.

Authors Ted Furumoto and Doug Jackson (More Than a Baseball Team: The Saga of the Vancouver Asahi), Andrew Silberman (Get a G.R.I.P.: Andrew’s Ax Guide to Global Readiness), and Laura Merz (Bunny Suits of Death: Tales of a CSI) will be on hand to share a behind-the-scenes look at how their books came about. And learn how you, too, can be a published author.

Join us for this memorable evening of stories told with passion and humor—about hardship and racism, death and tragedy, and about lifting your life and career out of the doldrums to renewed energy and enthusiasm.

Ted Y. Furumoto. Author of Vancouver AsahiMore Than a Baseball Team: The Saga of the Vancouver Asahi
by Ted Y. Furumoto and Douglas W. Jackson

This book is a translation of a Japanese language non-fiction work about Canada’s first Japanese-Canadian championship baseball team, the Vancouver Asahi, active from 1914 to 1941 (Toho Shobo, 2009).

The history of the Vancouver Asahi is also a history of the Japanese-Canadian immigrant experience. The team was a part of the growth of Little Tokyo in Vancouver, British Columbia.

The Asahi dynasty was abruptly brought to a halt when the players, along with the rest of the Japanese community, were relocated to internment camps after Pearl Harbor. Team members, though separated, still played baseball by organizing teams in the camps. Eventually, the Mounties, who were the camp guards, became fans.

After the war, Japanese-Canadians were prevented from returning to their homes on the west coast, and given a choice of living on the east coast of Canada or being deported to Japan. Though the team never revived, they were honored belatedly by induction into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame.

The story of the Asahi is one of hope and perseverance in the face of adversity and racial prejudice. It is a story about young men playing for the love of the game, instilling pride not just in their community, but in all of Canada as well.

About the Authors

Ted Y. Furumoto is the son of one of the Vancouver Asahi’s original pitchers. He grew up listening to his father’s stories and was enthralled with the game of baseball. Now a long-time business consultant in Tokyo, his mission for the past several years has been to share the team’s triumphs and tragedies with as wide an audience as possible. Find out more here.

Douglas W. Jackson has been a writer and editor for over three decades. In addition to editing Japan Airlines’ in-flight magazine Winds and several other Japan-based periodicals over the years, he has edited over a dozen books. Doug was the communications director at the American Chamber of Commerce in Japan prior to launching Fresh Eyes Communications in 2005. In 2008, he ghostwrote the manga adaptation of Patrick Lencioni’s New York Times bestseller The Five Dysfunctions of a Team for John Wiley & Sons.


Andrew W. Silberman. Author of "Get a G.R.I.P."Get a G.R.I.P. – Andrew’s Ax Guide to Global Readiness
(G.R.I.P. = Global Readiness Improvement Plan™)
by Andrew Silberman

Andrew Silberman and his AMT Group have been “Developing Global Thinkers” since 1992. With so much rapid change all around, across a wide spectrum of industries, and the globe seeming to shrink by the minute, being “globally ready” has taken on even greater importance today.

Based on the author’s popular newsletter, Andrew’s Ax, with its tagline, “The Cutting Edge for Global Thinkers,” Get a G.R.I.P. walks the reader through a series of exercises that cut through the BS out there and help everyone—from top-level CEOs to full- or part-time staff—develop their own strengths as a leader, as a manager, and as a “globally thinking communicator.” The result is a win-win for both the company as well as for the personal development of the individual employee.

One reason for the book’s wide appeal is the condensed nature of the content—you get a whole lot out of a page or two. Each topic stands alone, and each one can and should inspire you to lead more effectively.

This may be the only leadership guide you’ll ever need. It’s not the only leadership guide that’s any good—true enough. But by reading and doing these 15-minute exercises to improve your Global Readiness, Get a G.R.I.P.—Andrew’s Ax Guide to Global Readiness will take you and your team to the next level, no matter where you are today. How is your own Global Readiness Profile shaping up?

About the Author

Andrew Silberman has been inspiring improvement in individuals and organizations since 1989. At AMT Group, which he co-founded in Tokyo in 1992, he leads a multi-national team of facilitators and administrative staff whose mission is Developing Global Thinkers. As a learning facilitator and collaborative consultant, he works with managers and executives in Asia, the U.S. and Europe, helping them polish their management communication skills and increasing their Global Readiness™.

In addition to his work inside AMT Group, Andrew writes for local journals and magazines and is the author of the popular monthly E-newsletter Andrew’s Ax, and the video blog The Chops. He also plays rhythm guitar and sings lead vocal as the front man for the feel-good roots rock band Moonshots. Find out more here.


Laura A. Merz. Author of "Bunny Suits of Death: Tales of a CSI."Bunny Suits of Death: Tales of a CSI
by Laura A. Merz

Step into the bunny suit of a real crime scene investigator as she deals with local citizens on the worst day of their life … or the first day of their death.

As the newest Crime Scene Investigator for the Wichita Police Department, East Coast transplant Laura Merz finds herself out of her comfort zone and completely unprepared for the human dramas and comedies she encounters with each shift she works. She quickly learns that real life CSI work is nothing like what they show on television or what she studied in graduate school.

She dusts for fingerprints, photographs bloody Klingon weapons, and desperately tries not to fall off the chair in her first court appearance. Merz also grows to understand the dangers of empathy and why police officers often have a tough exterior. Along the way, she cobbles together a quirky group of friends to help her cope with the daily dose of human failings she witnesses each time she puts on her uniform.

From her first crime scene where she is forced to confront the death of a young gang member to scenes where burglars are reported to leave sex toys behind as parting gifts, Merz discovers hilarity and heartbreak are often intertwined. Bunny Suits of Death provides a much needed bridge between dramatic crime novels and purely scientific texts.

About the Author

Laura Merz spent 19 months as a Crime Scene Investigator in Wichita Kansas before becoming a Special Agent with the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS). She jokes that she didn’t even have to change networks – just TV shows. She is continually awed by the courage, compassion, and character of the men and women in law enforcement. And yes, she still has the doofus of a cat named Pyewacket. Find out more here.



Date: Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Time: 7 p.m. – dinner and cocktails; 7:30-9:00 author presentations
Location: Foreign Correspondence Club of Japan (map to FCCJ)
Cost: 6,500 yen (if prepaid by May 28. See below.); 7,000 yen at the door

Be sure to take advantage of the prepayment discount, and let us know you’re coming so we can make an accurate food order!

RSVP by sending an email here.

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Clever Devices That Generate Profit Online

July 5, 2010 by · 2 Comments 

Date: Tuesday, July 20, 2010
Place: 2F Wesley Center, 6-10-11 Minami Aoyama; a map is here.

Our last Combo Plate for the summer features two presenters well versed in the arcane arts of online business. Tech master Lem Fugitt, who runs a highly rated YouTube channel and an equally popular blog about robots, will tell us how the iPad has changed his professional life and bank balance for the better. Our second speaker, James B. Allen, has been making a living off online ventures for years, and recently released two iPhone apps through his intriguingly named Bikini Sushi website. He’ll reveal insider tips, tricks and techniques that will help you generate passive income online and pump up the volume on your business and pet projects.
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Remembering the Kanji and Publishing in the Post-Kindle Age

June 9, 2010 by · 2 Comments 

Date: Monday, June 21, 2010
Place: 2F Wesley Center, 6-10-11 Minami Aoyama; a map is here.

You can divide the writers of this world into two camps: the ones who actually produce books, scripts, articles, essays, poetry, blogs and so on, and those who hoard the magic and insights in their heads and seldom—or never—let it out into the real world.

Newsflash: If you’re stuck in the second camp, don’t you think it’s time to be bold and let the good stuff flow.

We bet best-selling author Dr. James W. Heisig will inspire you to do just that. FYI, just listing his various publication credits takes over fifteen pages. So will our second presenter, Hugh Ashton, who took an alternative route to publishing his “alternative past” novel Beneath Gray Skies, which included getting it into the e-reader realm. And our own Cindy Mullins will be on hand to answer questions about the traditional book publishing route. It’s a rare opportunity to get your questions answered about the potential of your own publishing project. At least we’ll try!

Remember that we’re at our stylish new venue, the Wesley Center, and serving up delicious obento from To the Moon and Back. Read more

How New Technology Turns Writers into Filmmakers

May 7, 2010 by · 1 Comment 

Date: Monday, May 24, 2010
Place: 2F Wesley Center, 6-10-11 Minami Aoyama; a map is here

We’ve got another stellar lineup for you, and a brand-new venue—the beautiful new Wesley Center, just off Roppongi Dori near the intersection with Komazawa Dori (directions below). Along with Hollywood writer/director Doug Campbell (and back by popular demand), we’ll also hear from other talented members of our community. In the spirit of TEDxTokyo, Pecha Kucha Night and Tokyo BarCamp, our Media Tectonics devotees will have ten minutes to show off recent projects and works in progress. Read on to find out more! Read more

The Art & Business of Writing

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Date: Monday, April 19, 2010
Place: International House of Japan; a map is here
Time: 6:30 p.m. light meal and networking; 7:00 p.m. talks begin

After gazing at the ephemeral beauty of cherry blossoms and raising a glass or three under the trees this season, we hope you are ready to get back to business at our next monthly meeting—the business of writing, that is.

Media Tectonics loves talented and inventive wordsmiths, and this month we’ll have two of the finest in the land on hand—Angela Jeffs and Burton Blume. They’ll delve into the writing process, including creative writer’s block and the potency of language in branding, and unlock some doors you may not even realize were closed.
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Updated Profiles for March 23 Seminar

March 22, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

We’ve got an amazing lineup of presenters for Tuesday night! Thanks for all your responses. You guys rock! We hope you signed up early to secure a seat, because it’s going to be standing room only for our first ever six-speaker evening.

Our smorgasbord plate of presenters is officially full, and we’ve got some tasty morsels for you to sample. Along with the film production adventures of Deborah DeSnoo, you’ll also hear from five other talented and passionate members of our Media Tectonics community. Read more

Media Tectonics Career Conversations with Barry Eisler

March 17, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Barry Eisler is a novelist, former CIA operative, and recovering lawyer. Here he speaks with Doug Jackson and Cindy Mullins of Media Tectonics, high above the Tokyo skyline in the 49th floor executive suite of the Ritz-Carlton Hotel. His sharp-edged, realistic novels about an enigmatic and conflicted assassin named John Rain have won the Barry Award and the Gumshoe Award for Best Thriller of the Year and appear in nearly twenty languages. In 2009 Sony Pictures turned Barry’s first book, Rain Fall, into a movie starring Gary Oldman. His seventh and newest novel, Fault Line, launches a new subgenre—the blogosphere thriller. Barry earned a black belt at the Kodokan International Judo Center in Tokyo, and lives alternately in Japan and the Bay Area.
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The Windup and the Pitch: Selling Great Big Ideas

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Date: Tuesday, March 23, 2010
Place: International House of Japan, 4F; here’s a map

We’ve been having the time of our lives this past year, introducing you to our amazing, inspiring friends and acquaintances. Our March seminar is no exception, because it may include you, too. Along with the film production adventures of Deborah DeSnoo, we’re going to hear from other talented and passionate members of our Media Tectonics community. Read on to find out more! Read more

Garr Reynolds: Presentation Zen & Book Publishing

February 14, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Date: February 15, 2010
Place: International House of Japan
Subject: Presentation Zen & Book Publishing

Want to hone your communication skills and get your point across in the most effective way possible? Got an idea for a book, but aren’t sure how to put all the pieces together? Wondering what it’s like to work with a publisher and how much control you’re likely to have over the final product? This month’s “Combination Plate” seminar offers you valuable insights from several perspectives—author, editor, designer, translator and publisher. Read more