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Written like a novel, this captivating story aims to entertain, inform and save lives
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Thank you very much for sending the proposal for Under the Rising Sun for us to consider at John Blake Publishing Ltd.
I have passed it on to our editorial team who have considered it carefully. They believe that this is an incredibly interesting concept for a book and see a lot of potential in it...
I was just testing the waters here with a one-off approach, and although the timing was not right on this occasion, as above, the general feedback was very positive, so with many hundreds of publishing companies around, it looks encouraging.
What’s the book about?
To see what the book is about, please refer to the back cover, which makes a play on a doctor’s notepad (sponsored by Big Pharma) for aesthetics.
Also, to get a better feel for the story, please see composition below.
What Does this Book Have to Offer?
NB: These descriptions are substantiated further down this page.
- Neutral: The book refrains from any judgement and simply tells the story as it happened.
- Current: (See News)
- Relevant: The story is relevant to a broad global audience.
- Revealing: There is an underlying factual / informative element relating to an important social issue of global proportions.
- Entertaining: Written in a novel type prose, it is also intended to absorb the reader (See Remarks).
- Rich and diverse: Set in Japan (See setting below), drug dependency in a foreign country, entire Japanese judicial system, 3-11 Fukushima disaster, ISAM World Congress, government petition, captures life in Japan, very human element.
- Provocative: Controversial aspects told as they happened.
- Historical: Visits a moment in history taking the reader into the Great Eastern Japan mega quake and Fukushima nuclear disaster as it happened.
- Appealing: Shows the enduring human spirit amidst adversity.
- Believable: Although some scenes may seem inconceivable, all events actually occurred with no dramatization.
- Inspiring: Has the potential to influence global society and change the way people think.
- Credible: Completely checked and endorsed by world leading authority.
- Special: Contributing to this book was the very last work carried out by Professor Heather Ashton during her long distinguished career.
I have received endorsements for my work in raising awareness about benzodiazepines from British MP, Late Hon. Jim Dobbin, and world leading authority on the subject, Professor Heather Ashton, both of whom were endorsed by British Prime Minister, Rt. Hon. David Cameron.
To give insight and save lives through the medium of entertainment.
For me, this book represents my entire life.
From the time I returned to school at 23, this is all that I have after 27 years of hard struggle without hardly any rest at all.
Seems hard to believe, I know, but My Story shows how it all happened.
Most people have a family, a home, a secure job, security etc., but at age 50, I have a single book (and debt) – nothing else.
So, seeing it through to a successful conclusion means a lot to me.
This is not just a book – it has become my entire life.
(A) THE WRITING
Writing My Book in Evacuee Accommodation after 3-11 Fukushima Disaster (Finally replaced my holey, tattered clothes after 4 years.)
The photo above shows my 48-chapter manuscript on the bottom-right together with study materials (how to write novels) on top and piles of reference materials in the foreground – not to mention the suitcase and boxes full of court documents and thousands of e-mails referred to.
I spent 3.5 years writing the initial draft, while living as an evacuee from Fukushima, initially trying to survive on food rations. I continued writing without so much as a day off, going through 3 Nagano winters not using any heater, where the winters are long (about 5 months) with many days down to around minus 10 - 15 degrees.
True Story written as literary non-fiction / creative non-fiction (i.e. non-fiction writing that reads like a novel employing the same literary devices as fiction such as setting, voice/tone, character, plot development, etc).
THEME (the themes remain very much under the surface of the story)
- Main theme: There’s a global epidemic and we’re all vulnerable, but we have the power to change.
- Secondary theme: A life journey in The Land of the Rising Sun.
- There are also sub themes for each part / chapter (much like a sequence of mini stories).
As the book is intended to entertain, the story has been written in the third person. The idea is to avoid sounding like an autobiography and to add flexibility for ‘shifting the camera angles’ so to speak and to allow for a good balanced mix between narration, dialogue, character’s thoughts etc.
The story follows the main character of Shayne Davis (the protagonist) who plays my part. He is usually a quiet person, but inside belies a belly of fire.
His leading ally is his lawyer, Mr. Murai. He’s quite a chubby and astute looking fellow with a natural crop of hair resembling a short horsehair wig that attorneys used to wear in the old days with curls at the sides.
He has a very brazen personality which clashes with that of the supporting doctor from New Zealand who, although very kind and compassionate, is also very sensitive in nature. Shayne often finds himself caught between these two personalities.
Then there’s the defendant doctor who’s a typical old school Japanese man – stubborn to the bone, surrounded by his teams of lawyers dressed in their dark suits.
Basically, the characters consist of the protagonist, major / minor allies, major / minor adversaries (antagonists) and other minor characters, totalling just over 40 in all, excluding background extras of course.
As the story spans 27 years across chapters with differing themes, new characters are introduced as others are phased out, but needless to say, the protagonist is always present.
- Main settings: Japan and New Zealand
- Shinjuku Station (clinic location), Tokyo
Shayne rides the overcrowded trains, screeching along the tracks, past all the gray looking buildings, towards the clinic in Shinjuku Station (busiest in the world), before navigating the maze of multilevel pathways and exits through masses of people, as he staggers to the clinic where he’s being slowly incapacitated by the debilitating drugs...
Coastal New Zealand
Shayne spends more than a year recovering as he endures the pain of withdrawal. After restoring some of his capabilities, he takes walks along the coastline where his attention is caught by Tom Cruise’s film crew flying above in helicopters, as they begin filming The Last Samurai – something Shayne would later be called himself. He also takes walks around Mt. Taranaki, used to portray Mt. Fuji in the movie, and formerly used by Sir Edmund Hillary (who first conquered Everest) as a training ground.
Lawyer’s Office, Ginza, Tokyo
Shayne travels to his lawyer’s office about every 6 weeks or so. Many scenes are played out in the confines of the meeting room. His lawyer is a heavy smoker and there are several plays on this, such as when Shayne constantly looks at Mr. Murai’s cigarette which seemingly serves as a sandglass counting down the minutes towards their inevitable departure to testify in the Tokyo District Court.
Shayne spends several years living in Fukushima before the Great Eastern Japan mega quake and Fukushima nuclear disaster on March 11, 2011.
These scenes are played out in real time taking the reader inside the quake, the nuclear power plant and the Prime Ministers’ quarters as the events unfold. ‘The camera’ switches between scenes of Shayne preparing his Supreme Court appeal alone, without any representation (in Japanese), as he moves between evacuation points during aftershocks, radiation fallout and rotational blackouts – taking many notes by candle light.
Other settings include: Various hospitals, Tokyo Summary Court (mediation), Tokyo District Court, Tokyo High Court, Supreme Court of Japan, the evacuation housing unit where Shayne ends up after all that has happened. This is where he bides his time to try and set things right.
Although the book spans 48 chapters, most are limited to between 10-20 pages each. Following the edit, I estimate the book could end up being around 650 - 700 pages.
I wrote the first draft completely on my own to start with. The reason is that I wanted to maintain my own originality as well as the integrity of the story. Then after completing the initial draft, I began studying how to write using online resources such as Novel Writing Help (I've also been receiving feedback from friends). I am now using this newfound knowledge for my own personal edit in preparation for a professional edit yet to be organized.
This is how it might look sitting on a bookstore shelf.
The rising sun represents an ever-increasing dependency on prescription drugs, not only in Japan, but worldwide. The white above is how things appear on the surface while many suffer alone in the dark below. The white contains shaded outlines of life altering drugs, showing that even those of us on the surface are vulnerable.
In Japan, the sun represents good. So how can something good be associated with something bad? The same can be said about the government agencies and the medical industry (who have been guilty of misleading the public) which adds an additional twist to the cover concept.
The black and white also symbolises the concept of yin and yan, for where there is light, there is dark. Similarly, this plays on the Japanese sociological concept of hone and tatemae, or social front versus hidden truths.
Yes, the cover is provocative and it's meant to be - there's no raising awareness through being lame.
Me with Dr. Beppu from Medwatcher Japan
(One year after Fukushima − looking somewhat tired and short of a meal)
“I can only imagine how difficult a court case in a foreign land must have been. Scenes from the movie ‘The Trial’ by Orson Welles come to mind. An exhausting, seemingly bizarre, lonely, and unsupported battle I suspect…”
“Thank you for your very polite and thoughtful reply. I am afraid I was rather overcritical but you have taken it very well. Basically I was just trying to be honest and hoping to promote your book as a best seller... However, I had forgotten that we did not ‘meet’ over the ether until your court case. Mea culpa - please forgive me. I confuse time and events these days. I feel as if I have ‘known’ you and your story from the beginning and have somehow identified myself with it...”
“Now it is all coming out well. You are fast becoming an accomplished writer… The book is very rich in all sorts of ways... I will certainly try to stay upright until you have written all the chapters for your book. I must live to hear the end. All best wishes, Heather”
This is an additional comment Prof. Ashton made when I presented the relevance of the overall structure to her: “Dear Wayne, Prologue, epilogue and Chap 17 all brilliant BRILLIANT!”
The Commitment & Progress
- A culmination of 17 years of pain, sacrifice and dedication.
- Not a single day off in 3 years and cannot remember the one before that.
- Have been through 2 Nagano winters not using any heater, where the winters are long (about 5 months) with many days down to around minus 10 - 15 degrees.
- After 3.5 years of writing, I have completed the initial draft and I am now working on my personal edit.
(B) SOME OPENING PAGES (front matter)
I dedicate this book to my Mother in recognition of her selfless and loving support.
Prologue: First Delivery
Part One: The Japan Connection
(1) Road to Japan, (2) Bridging Cultures, (3) New Horizons
Part Two: The Drug Dependency
(4) Turn for the Worst, (5) Hocus Pocus, (6) Dawn of Eclipse, (7) Partial Eclipse, (8) Total Eclipse, (9) Attempted Escape, (10) More Hocus Pocus, (11) Escape
Part Three: Breaking Free
(12) Withdrawal, (13) Road to Recovery, (14) New Dawning
Part Four: Seeking Justice
(15) Preparing a New Mission, (16) Facing the Demons, (17) Enter Mediation, (18) Reaching Verdict 1, (19) Enter the Lower Court, (20) Regrouping, (21) Preparing for Testimony, (22) Testimony, (23) Getting Re-established, (24) Reaching Verdict 2, (25) Enter the High Court, (26) The Heat is on, (27) The Heat is on Again, (28) Smoke Screen, (29) The Samurai Within, (30) Reaching Verdict 3, (31) The Day the Earth Moved, (32) On the Move, (33) Supreme Court Appeal – Reaching Verdict 4
Part Five: Gaining Perspective
(34) The Aftermath, (35) The Aftermath Continued, (36) The Ashton Manual, (37) Reaching Out, (38) Fighting on, (39) Still Fighting on, (40) Time Out, (41) Unexpected Turn
Part Six: Making a Difference
(42) Going Public in Japan, (43) Applying for ISAM World Congress, (44) Preparing for ISAM World Congress, (45) Attending ISAM World Congress (46) Post Congress, (47) Government Petition, (48) End of a Journey
Epilogue: Final Delivery
Supplement: The Global Problem (prepared as educational supplement by leading professors)
Underlying theme: Separate from the main theme (See above), the underlying theme of this story is based on a life journey in The Land of the Rising Sun which is reflected in the chapter names. Reference is often made to the sun and earth, as well as to eclipses, hocus pocus, samurais etc. to conjure up feelings of sorcery and wizardry for creative purposes.
Benzodiazepines (BZs) are a class of psychoactive drug. They are the most commonly prescribed drugs for sleep problems, anxiety and stress.
The first BZ was developed in 1956. They became widely available in the 1960s inspiring the famous Rolling Stones song Mother’s Little Helper.
Valium, Xanax, Rivotril, Librium, Ativan and Halcion are some of the more commonly known trade names among the vast number seen on the market.
BZs can be effective in short term use (2-4 weeks), but many doctors are ill-informed and they have been continuously over-prescribed worldwide for many decades.
Many claim that these drugs can be more addictive than heroin. They have many adverse effects and severe withdrawal reactions which can last for many months or even years.
The problem of involuntary drug dependency on psychoactive drugs, including BZs, has become so common that no one is exempt from the effects on us all and the costs to society.
They have been associated with violent crime, suicides, domestic violence, unemployment and many other social issues. Over or inappropriate prescribing to children and the elderly is also common.
The pharmaceutical companies have come to dominate the medical field and it seems clear that today it is money, not science, driving the industry.
Despite government lobbying for improved controls in many countries, annual reports published by The International Narcotics Control Board show the overall consumption rates remain high worldwide.
This book is about a young New Zealand man who endures an involuntary benzodiazepine dependency in Japan following a complaint of acute dizziness. After withdrawal, he sets out for justice in his own case, and later embarks upon a quest to help raise awareness about these drugs on a more global level.
A true story, written in a novel-type prose, this book not only makes for an interesting read, but also provides us with an underlying educational perspective.
Emeritus Professor of Clinical Psychopharmacology, University of Newcastle upon Tyne, England.
2 November 2015
This is a true story. The content is forged in the foundry of affliction where challenges are met and obstacles overcome. It follows the central character of likeable New Zealander, Shayne Davis, who embarks upon an international relations career in Japan, but is thrown completely of course after being unwittingly prescribed highly addictive drugs.
His unforeseen journey sees him overcome a debilitating drug dependency before navigating the entire judicial system, in Japanese, against a world-famous doctor, the hospital and their supporting networks.
The mega-earthquake, impending tsunami and Fukushima nuclear disaster causes Shayne to scramble, and write his Supreme Court appeal alone, while evacuating amidst radiation fallout, aftershocks and rotational blackouts. However, he never succumbs to any of the seemingly insurmountable obstacles that stand in his way.
A world leading psychopharmacology expert, Prof. Heather Ashton, makes a rare appearance in response to Shayne’s plight and dogged determination and for the sake of a much greater cause WORLDWIDE…
Shayne makes his final stand by going public, launching a website, speaking at the ISAM World Congress, and taking part in a medical doctor’s petition with a team of lawyers to the government of Japan before the story ends in a way that typifies his resolve.
Filled with intriguing scenarios, this book invites us to experience Shayne’s epic journey while considering some of the case puzzles and capturing life in Japan along the way.
The First Delivery
It’s a sunny spring day in Nagano, Japan. Thirty-four-year-old Shayne and his flatmates, Jason and Mikiko, are at home making lunch in their traditional Japanese style, two-storey house − located in a rural valley surrounded by majestic snow-capped mountains and winding rivers.
Outside, the sound of birds chirping, water flowing through the nearby rice-field gullies, and the sight of the cherry blossom trees signals an end to a long cold winter.
“Grubs up Shayne!” yells Jason.
As they sit down to eat, the familiar sound of the Japan Post motorcycle is heard pulling up the driveway and is left idling between the adjacent houses. Suddenly, the front door slides open.
“I’ll get it,” says Shayne, as he gets up and makes his way down the hallway towards the front door.
“I have a delivery here for a Mr. Shayne Davis—.”
Shayne signs for the parcel and begins to open it on his way back to the dining room.
“What is it?” asks Jason.
“I don’t know…it looks like it’s just some books written by the doctor…but there’s no cover note…”
However, the message here was perfectly obvious: BACK OFF! Who do you think you’re messing with?!
NB: Both the Prologue (above) and the Epilogue are written in the present tense for aesthetic purposes. The main body of the book is written in the past tense; although, some scenes are played out in the present tense (preceded by cues) to put the reader into the here and now – to actually take them into places like the courtroom in real time. Some scenes from the Great Eastern Japan mega quake and Fukushima nuclear disaster are also played out in this way.
Me outside my evacuee housing unit (Nagano, Japan)
− Managed to put some weight back on −
Perhaps the main and most urgent cost that I find myself in need of is supplementing living expenses while only working part-time, which is necessary to free up the time to write.
I’ve also been campaigning for over 5 years now under very challenging circumstances. To me, turning away would be like saying that everything the so-called systems do to people is ok... and so here I am in need of some help…
Below is a list of the work and costs required (based on estimates from Media Shift) taking into consideration the size of my manuscript (approx 700 pages) and the end quality needed to make this book succeed.
- Developmental editing (minimum: $6,000)
- Copyediting (minimum: $2,000)
- Legal review (minimum: $2,000)
- Cover design − existing cover is temporary − (minimum: $1,000)
- Illustrations − sketches of court scenes etc − (approx 10 illustrations x $500 = $5,000)
- Formatting for print and digital conversion (minimum: $500)
- Getting an ISBN ($125)
- Further copyrights (approx 5 standard applications x $55 = $275)
- Pre-publication review ($425)
- Marketing & PR (minimum: $2,000)
- New computer – currently using an 8 year old Japanese operating system with Vista that’s about to fall apart. Ideally I need to get an all English system for the editing etc. (approx.: $1,500) NB: Done this now, but need to repay the loan.
- Expendables: Ongoing costs for paper, ink etc (approx $500)
- Time is also proving quite costly as I’m struggling to keep up on part time work as I write.
Funds needed: $20,000
Publishing a book is new to me. After having reviewed several web sources (including Media Shift), it appears there are large variations regarding potential costs (naturally, like most things, it dependents on the amount of work involved and the quality of service sought). Given the size of my manuscript, and the complexity of the work, it seems reasonable to conclude that somewhere around $20,000 will be needed to make this book succeed.
I would very much appreciate any donations towards helping seeing this work through.
Alternatively, donations can be made through this crowd-funding page
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The Japan Times
Most surprising of all, the high court relied on the packaging produced by the pharmaceutical company to determine the dosage at which benzodiazepines could be deemed addictive.
“I don't feel like I lost, I feel like I won and the court failed,” he says. “It feels like they were protecting the doctors and failed to protect society.” "What I want to do is use my experience and the material generated through my case to provide a resource to others who are dependent or may become dependent."