Japanese Busy People #1 Kana is a Kodansha International publication.
However, one negative is the lack of vocabulary. The learner has to go online and lookup news articles. Go to http://220.127.116.11/~jems/hosokyoku/bangumi.html for articles with audio and fill in the blank quizzes.
Critics say this book tells you to memorize verb forms and adjectives but the patterns will be very obvious. As long as you are willing to put in the effort, this book will teach you everything you need to know to start.
The book does have some shortcomings. Other reviewers have pointed out that book does a poor job of explaining form constructions, instead, it directs one to memorize a list of verbs/adj/etc. I agree this is not the way to go. This deficiency is easily overcome by a class or tutor. My Sensei does a good job explaining how verb/adj/etc structures are formed... so the book's failure to do so is no big deal. If you are learning on your own... this could be a problem.
Having a teacher is a good idea in the beginning anyway as it will give you a chance to practice speaking and listening. I actually started using JFBP on my own because my class book (Japanese New College Text) is just awful.