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FACTFULNESS Sold Over One Million Copies in Japan!: Guidance of the Book for Japanese Junior High and High School Teachers Is Now Available

January 6, 2021

The Japanese version of FACTFULNESS (originally written by Hans Rosling et al.) published by Nikkei Business Publications (President & CEO: Naoto Yoshida; Minato-ku, Tokyo), has sold a total of over one million copies in Japan.

Since its release in January 2019, the Japanese version of the book has enjoyed strong sales, distributing over one million copies as of January 6, 2021 (840,000 copies in print; over 130,000 copies in electronic format and over 30,000 copies in audible format). The book was originally written by the Swedish medical doctor and public health scholar Hans Rosling and co-authored by his son and daughter-in-law.

The Best-Selling Business Book of 2020

FACTFULNESS was ranked at the top of the 2020 Annual Bestsellers in the business category (surveyed by Tohan) and the Oricon Annual Best Books 2020 in the business category, making it the most-sold business book in Japan for 2020.

The book has also received many positive reviews. It won the Grand Prize of Business Book Award 2020 (organized by Discover Twenty One), the first spot in the overall ranking of Reader's Choice of Business Book Grand Prix 2020 (sponsored by Graduate School of Management, Globis University and Flier), and the Grand Prize of "30th TOPPOINT Award" "(surveyed by TOPPOINT magazine).

About the Book

Factfulness is a habit of reading the correct information about the world based on data and facts. If you are freed from ten misconceptions that clever people are tended to believe, you will have calmness and acquire the skills to see the world from the right angle. To help grasp the true picture of the world, the book covers a wide range of fields such as education, poverty, environment, energy, and population. Each section introduces the latest statistical data and guides readers how to see the correct picture of the world. These topics explained in the book may seem difficult and unfamiliar at first glance, but the author Hans Rosling's TED talk video has been played 35 million times and enjoys a reputation of being intriguing and easy to understand. No mathematical formulas, no economic terms that are more complicated than "GDP", and no statistical terms that are more intricate than "average" are used in this book. It is written in the way that anyone can understand what is discussed intuitively.

The author also had visited African countries as an infectious disease expert to combat Ebola Virus Disease. From this experience, he emphasized on the importance of using data to see the whole picture of the world, for fighting against infectious diseases and overcoming fears and frustration felt by humans. He also pointed out infectious diseases as the top risk in the world.

FACTFULNESS: Ten Reasons We’re Wrong About The World – And Why Things Are Better Than You Think
Authored by Hans Rosling; Co-authored by Ola Rosling and Anna Rosling Röonlund
Translated to Japanese by Shusaku Uesugi and Miwa Seki
Price: JPY1,800 excluding tax
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About the Author

Hans Rosling was a physician and professor of global health, and also well-known as a public educator. He served as an adviser to the World Health Organization and UNICEF, and co-founded Médecins sans Frontières in Sweden and the Gapminder Foundation. His TED talks have been viewed more than 35 million times in total, and he was listed as one of Time Magazine’s 100 most influential people in the world. Hans passed away in 2017, after having devoted the last years of his life to writing Factfulness.

The Guidance for teachers is now available for free download

The co-author Anna Rosling Röonlund explains that education is critical for developing the habit of Factfulness which is to control instincts and to see things based on data. The website of Gapminder Foundation founded by the authors provides free teaching materials including slides and supporting tools for junior high and high school teachers.
With the permission of the authors, Nikkei BP has published the Japanese version of the guidance titled "Teacher’s Guidebook for FACTFULNESS-How to Teach FACTFULNESS in Your Class", so that Japanese students can have more opportunities to experience the habit of factfulness in their classes. The book provides guidance for teachers on how to teach their students on global issues and discuss the fact-based world view through quizzes and the concepts on Factfulness.
Visit the Factfulness website today and take advantage of a free download of the Guidebook.

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