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TRIZ Home Page in Japan- 19 September 2015

Updated:19 September 2015


Dear TRIZ Colleagues,

Photo-UST-Nakagawa-130927From : Toru Nakagawa, Professor Emeritus, Osaka Gakuin University 


"TRIZ Home Page in Japan" has been updated tonight

   (dated September. 19.) in the English and Japanese pages.

[1] Q&A on USIT and the OAF diagram (English) Toru Nakagawa, Ed Sickafus, Shahid S. Arshad

[2] Visual Thinking with 'Fuda-Yose' (3) - Visualizing the logic of Sickafus' Paper

     Akihiro Katahira, Toru Nakagawa   (Japanese/English) ** The Fuda-Yose diagram is attached to this mail.

[3] Letters from Readers (May - Aug. 2015

     Valeri Souchkov, Toru Nakagawa         (English)

     Youichi Hasegawa, Toru Nakagawa       (Japanese)

[4] Visual Thinking with 'Fuda-Yose' (4) --

     Thinking over the poverty in the Japanese Society: Elderly, Middle aged, Young, and Child Generations

           Toru Nakagawa                   (Japanese)

[5] Ibid (1) Increasing poverty among the elderly

             (0) Introduction

[6] Ibid     (1) What is 'the low-living elderly'

                     Toru Nakagawa           (Japanese)

I am starting a new series of pages [4]-[6] in order to think over a big, complex, and important problen in Japan

by use of the source text (T. Fujita's book),

Visual Thinking tool, and our TRIZ/CrePS mind. Please refer to my intentions [4] and problem overview [5].




[1] USIT Paper Q&A:                           (in English)

   Q&A on USIT and the OAF diagram (in relation to "Subconscious Problem Solving Using Hazy Heuristics" by Ed Sickafus)

   Q: Toru Nakagawa, A: Ed Sickafus

   This page records the fifteen email communications carried out last July in relation to Ed Sickafus' paper [1].

   In particular, on my request, Dr. Sickafus kindly wrote a 4-page introductory article on the OAF diagram in USIT:

     "Unification of USIT to One Graphic (OAF) Heuristics", Ed Sickafus, Jul. 2, 2015  

   He explains the definition and usage of the OAF diagram concisely and describes his research motivation towards

   fundamental principles in problem solving thinking.

** Further discussions,

     by Ed Sickafus, Toru Nakagawa, and Shahid Saleem Arshad, Aug. 14 to Sept. 15, 2015.  

     15 more email communications are added. (Sept. 17, 2015)

[2] Forum:             (in Japanese) ==> (in English)

   Visual Thinking with 'Fuda-Yose' (3) - Visualizing the logic of Sickafus' Paper (ICSI 2014)

   Akihiro Katahira, Toru Nakagawa

(A) Katahira has demonstrated to visualize the logic of Ed Sickafus' recent paper (in the Japanese version)

   with his Fuda-Yose (or Visual Thinking) method. All the sentences of the paper are made into labels (or

   Fuda) and their logical relationships are shown in 'Fuda-Yose' diagrams section by section.

   The diagrams are shown in PDF for the whole paper, and in HTML especially for the Abstract. (in Japanese)

(B) Nakagawa, reviewing them, thought that for clarifying the logic of a compact document like the Abstract we

   should decompose some sentences further into their logical units.

   So I applied the Fuda-Yose method to the Abstract. The visualization was actually done in 4 steps;

   the diagrams are posted in HTML, in PDF, and in the original Excel file.   (in Japanese on Aug. 25, 2015)

   This example has demonstrated the merit and easiness of Visual Thinking.

(C) Using the original English texts, the Fuda-Yose diagrams were made in parallel to (B).

   Then the final diagram was further revised for clarifying the logic by suppressing some details.

   The diagrams, including those in the intermediate steps, are posted in HTML, PDF, and Excel .

                         in English on Sept. 17, 2015

   ** The final diagram visualizing Sickafus' Abstract is attached to this mail.   (in English)

[3] TRIZ Forum: Letters from Readers (May - Aug. 2015

English page: Valeri Souchkov (Netherlands), Toru Nakagawa I noticed two valuable articles in Souchkov's Web site,

   i.e., TRIZ for business & management and TRIZ glossary. Valeri Souchkov responded to me with thoughtful

   suggestions how to make a Web site more attractive.

    Japanese page: Youichi Hasegawa, Toru Nakagawa -- Message of my Jun. 26 Update Announcement (in Japanese

   only) is recorded, as a concise introduction to USIT. Youichi Hasegawa communicated with me many times

   discussing on the understanding of TOC and CrePS, etc.


[4] Forum:   Visual Thinking with 'Fuda-Yose' (4) --Thinking over the poverty in the Japanese Society:

     Elderly, Middle aged, Young, and Child Generations - Toru Nakagawa (OGU)

   I am going to start a series of pages on the theme, which is very big, complex, and important, as shown above,

   and wish to contribute to the society even little by little.  

   My intentions are:

(1) TRIZ/USIT is an approach of focusing and analyzing problems mostly in technical fields, but CrePS is

     demanded by the society to be applicable to big and complex problems in wider, different fields.

     So we should try to extend the usage of our methodology.

(2) For handling big and complex problems, we should better visualize the problems from full perspectives.

     The Fuda-Yose tool is expected to be useful for this purpose.

(3) Among a large variety of problems in the Real World, I chose this social problem because of its importance.

(4) The increasing poverty in the elderly generation, coupled with the low income for the young, tight living

     for the middle aged, and poverty effected on children, is going to give serious effects on the Japanese society

     in future.

(5) The politics in Japan is in a miserable state. Especially, Shinzo Abe's government is full of untruth

     and proceeds against the majority of Japanese people.

     We ourselves need to think over various problems logically and to speak out and act for making the future

     of Japan much better.

   Having these intentions in mind, I am going to select some good references for visualizing the problems and

   wish to build up a methodology applicable to solving such complex problems.

[5] Forum: Visual Thinking with 'Fuda-Yose' (5) --

   Thinking over the poverty in the Japanese Society:

   (1) Increasing poverty among the elderly (0) Introduction Toru Nakagawa (OGU)

   Source reference: "Karyuu Roujin - Ichi-oku sou rougo houkai-no shougeki" (The low-living elderly - Coming

   impacts by the decay of peaceful elder lives for all the 100 millions in Japan),

   by Takanori Fujita, Asahi Pocket Book 520, Asahi Shimbun Press, Jun. 30, 2015, pp. 222

     (Note: The book title in English is Nakagawa's temporary translation)

   I am trying in this page to understand the problem of poverty in the elderly by using the recently published book

   written by a young social worker, Mr. Takanori Fujita, and by visualizing the texts. I wrote down excerpts/abstracts of the original texts,

   made them into labels, and visualized the logic of the texts by using Katahira's Fuda-Yose tool in accordance with my understanding.

   Thus the resultant diagrams are a sort of my rather- detailed notes of the book.

   At the start of the series, I post the records of the intermediate stages of visualization for illustrating the process.

   The author says:

   "Today in Japan the low-living elderly are produced in a large number and we have a serious risk of facing

     with a situation where peaceful elder lives are lost for almost all the 100 millions of Japanese population.

     In this book, 'Karyuu roujin' (or 'the low-living elderly') are defined as the elderly people living

     at/below the national minimum welfare level or facing with such a risk in living.

     The real situations and their backgrounds are surprisingly unknown.

     Describing the real problem situations in the full perspectives, we wish to think over solutions together

     with you, many readers."

[6] Forum: Visual Thinking with 'Fuda-Yose' (6) --

   Thinking over the poverty in the Japanese Society:

   (1) Increasing poverty among the elderly

   (1) What is 'the low-living elderly'

   Toru Nakagawa (OGU)

   I visualized Chapter 1 of Fujita's book with two Fuda-Yose diagrams, one showing 3 characteristics while the other 4 effects.

   Characteristics (1): The income is remarkably low. The national welfare minimum (composed of living and

   housing supports) is about 130,000 yen/month (or about 1.5 million yen/year) for a single elder person living

   in the metropolitan area.

   The concept of 'Relative poverty' is used internationally; In the community (e.g.,a country or region), the persons

   whose income is lower than the half of the median of the income of the population.

   This criterion gives 1.22 million yen/year for single persons, essentially equivalent to the national minimum welfare.

   At this level of living, the basic needs of housing, food, medical care, etc. are often not fulfilled.

   Characteristics (2): Insufficient or no savings. Low income requires to spend down one's savings, and

   insufficient savings will result in the crash in living due to any troubles.

   Characteristics (3): No person to ask for a help (i.e., social isolation). Due to the trend towards nuclear families, people often

   have no family members/relatives around. These characteristics mean the low-living elderly have

   lost all the safety nets and are in the situation where they can not live the healthy and cultural life which is

   ensured by the Constitution. It is estimated that there exist about 6 to 7 millions of the low-living elderly at present in Japan.

   The second diagram illustrates 4 effects caused by the increase in the low-living elderly:

   (a) The elder and their child generations fall into poverty together.

   (b) The culture of evaluating long happy life and elderly people will be lost.

   (c) Decrease in the consumption by the young and middle-aged, thus resulting in stagnation of economy.

   (d) Further reduction in the number of birth of children.

The problem addressed in the new series of pages [4]-[6] is very important in Japan.

Even though it is very hard for me to translate these pages into English, I wish to post the top page of my site

in English and in Japanese in parallel.

It may inform you how TRIZ (or more generally CrePS) is understood, developed, and used in Japan.


Best wishes,

Toru Nakagawa


Please visit our website for more information about these Innovation and TRIZ  topics.

Best wishes always,

Toru Nakagawa

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Report on MATRIZ Conference TRIZfest-2015

                                                  MATRIZ Conference TRIZfest-2015
TRIZfest-2015 was held on September 10-12, 2015 in Seoul, South Korea.
The setting
The conference Organizing Committee did an excellent job hosting the conference. The team of R&BD should be commended for the great efforts in making TRIZfest-2015 a success. The meeting facilities were conveniently located and well equipped, the breaks were timely, evening activities, the cocktail party and the banquet, were very well organized.
On top of all that, the city of Seoul offered many sightseeing spots and picture taking opportunities. Last, but not least, the hosts have arranged  for nearly perfect weather during the conference.
The participants
This year, the conference attracted over 100 participants from 23 countries. Another testimonial for TRIZ increasing World popularity.
The papers
This year we continued with the practice of selecting submitted papers based on peer review. Valeri Souchkov and Tuomo Kassi organized the review process. They were able to assemble quite representative group of reviewers, consisting of academia and industry representatives. This time, 41 papers and four case studies, which successfully passed through the review process, were presented. The papers were differentiated into research, cases and best practice categories. Now, that we have five years of experience of reviewing papers, we understand that some changes to the process must be made. Valeri Souchkov initiated a review of the existing process and will recommend a new process for consideration by MATRIZ Presidium.

For the complete report, see attached file.

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TRIZ Home Page in Japan- 1 Oct 2015

Updated:1 October 2015


Dear TRIZ Colleagues,

Photo-UST-Nakagawa-130927From : Toru Nakagawa, Professor Emeritus, Osaka Gakuin University 


"TRIZ Home Page in Japan" has been updated tonight

   (dated October. 01) in the English and Japanese pages.

[1] TRIZCON2016 is to be held on Mar. 3-5, 2016   (Engl/Jap)

[2] Fuda-Yose Tool for Visual Thinking           (Engl/Jap)  -- English Edition Available (for Evaluation Purpose)

[3] Visual Thinking with 'Fuda-Yose' (7) --         (Jap)

     [A}(2) Actual living of 'the low-living elderly': Cases and backgrounds   Toru Nakagawa

[4] Sales Promotion of Mann's Matrix 2010 (Japanese Edition) Toru Nakagawa   and Darrell Mann           (Engl/Jap)

[5] Paper: Analogy-Based Ideation in Applied Innovations. S. Saleem Arshad (Australia)                 (Engl)



[1] News:   TRIZCON2016 is to be held on Mar. 3-5, 2016 at New Orleans, LA

   Altshuller Institute (USA) is making much efforts for rebuilding its activities and has announced the plan of

   its next year TRIZCON.

   The host is Tulane University. The event of 3 days of conference is much anticipated.

   Call for Papers: Abstract submission: Oct. 15, 2015; Full paper submission: Jan. 15, 2016

[2] Creativity Software:  Fuda-Yose Tool for Visual Thinking -- English Edition Available (for Evaluation Purpose)

   Akihiro Katahira and Toru Nakagawa, 'Fuda-Yose Tool' is a handy drawing software tool and supports 'Visual Thinking'.

   It was originally developed by Akihiro Katahira as introduced in this Web site on Jan. 18, 2015.

   Under his guidance, I have demonstrated its usage for visualizing the abstract of Sickafus' paper and

   a complex social problem (poverty in the elderly)in Japan.

   We now have made the software available in English by translating the displays and instructions into English;

   the tool can accept data in any language.

   The tool, in the form of Microsoft Excel file with a macro, is openly distributed (for evaluation purpose

   only at moment on Sept. 30, 2015) without charge via download at Katahira's Web site.

   In the present page are posted full description of the instructions, Excel and PDF files of an actual example, etc.

   The tool is useful for Visual Thinking by smoothly drawing and handling diagrams. It provides the minimal essential to the standard

   Office software without sophistication in the tool usage.

[3]  Forum:                               (in Japanese)

   Visual Thinking with 'Fuda-Yose' (7) --  Thinking over the poverty in the Japanese Society:

   [A} Increasing poverty among the elderly

     (2) Actual living of 'the low-living elderly':

         Cases and backgrounds

   Toru Nakagawa (OGU), Sept. 27, 2015- Source reference: "Karyuu Roujin" ("The low-living

       elderly") by Takanori Fujita (Jun. 2015).

       Chapter 2. Actual living of 'the low-living elderly'

   In Chapter 2 the Author describes 4 actual cases where ordinary people have 'unexpectedly' fallen into the

   status of 'the low-living elderly'.

   Case (A) (Man of 76 years old, without marriage)

   Near the age of 40 while working regularly in a restaurant, his father was found ill of cancer.

   So he quitted his job to go back to his parents' home and took care of his father for 1 year and then

   his mother for 10 more years.

   Because no jobs were found in his home town, he moved to Tokyo area and worked in welfare facilities as an

   assistant-helper until 65.

   He had the savings of 5 million yen at his retirement, and the pension of 90,000 yen/month.

   The cost of apartment (50,000 yen) and treatment of low back pain and diabetes reduced the savings quickly.

   With no savings any more, he had to fill his hunger with native grass.

   [snip for cases (B)(C)(D)]

   -- Reading the description, I have drawn a graph of 'Personal history of Quality of life (especially stability)'.

         ==> See attached figure for Case (A).

   The Author summarizes the background:

   For the elderly, the income becomes much lower than before retirement.

   Their desire of 'working some longer to get income for filling the shortage of pension' is often impracticable.

   The outgo, however, usually does not reduce as supposed, because of higher risk of 'unexpected' needs of much

   amount of money.

   Many elderly people do not have enough savings. Thus the poverty of the elderly is proceeding in Japan

   and a significant ratio of the elderly have already become at the low-living status.

   Not only taking care of individual cases but also more importantly systematic social solutions to the

   widespread serious problems are necessary.

[4] Announcement:  

   Sales Promotion of Mann's Matrix 2010 (Japanese Edition)

   by CrePS Institute in the "TRIZ Practices and Benefits" Series, Vol. (1A+), (2A+)  Toru Nakagawa (CrePS Institute and OGU)

   For promoting the up-to-date TRIZ Contradiction Matrix, Matrix 2010 developed by Darrell Mann, we are happy to

   announce of a sales of Darrell's books together with the A2-size sheets of Matrix 2010 in their Japanese Editors.

   The two sheets (of 3 pages) contain List of Parameters & List of Principles and the Matrix.

   Thus, the modern Matrix 2010 are now purchasable inexpensively (additional price of 2500 yen for 5 sets

   of the data sheets) for using in TRIZ application projects, company divisions, university seminar classes, etc.

   (Sorry but only for Japanese domestic delivery.)

   Darrell Mann's message is posted.

[5] Paper:  

   Practice-Oriented Approach towards Ideative Problem Solving (Part 1)

   Analogy-Based Ideation in Applied Innovations.

   S. Saleem Arshad (Applied Innovations, Australia), We have received frequent communications and several

   articles so far from Dr. Arshad, to my great thanks.

   Dr. Arshad's approach has been centered on 'Practice-oriented (in place of theory-oriented)',

   'Process-based (<-> Outcome based)',  'Practical Knowledge (<-> Abstract knowledge)',  'Applied Innovation', etc.

   We appreciate much his contributions so far and coming ones.

Best wishes,

Toru Nakagawa


Please visit our website for more information about these Innovation and TRIZ  topics.

Best wishes always,

Toru Nakagawa

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What Makes Samsung Such An Innovative Company?

By Haydn Shaughnessy, Contributor,

“I write about enterprise innovation”

Tech 3/07/2013 @ 6:32AM |50,392 views Forbes Magazine

Full article at:

Samsung is a global leader in screen technology, TVs, batteries, and chip design. So in terms of innovation it is doing a lot right. But we know very little about how.

Two developments convinced the company in the late 1990s and early 2000s that they could adopt a systematic approach to innovation and that is what seems to underpin their current success.

The first development provides a broader explanation for Samsung’s innovation capacity. In the late 1990s they were able to tap into a source of cheap scientific expertise in the former Soviet Union.

In 2009 BusinessWeek reported that Samsung relied on its relationships with Russian experts for its smartphone software development, adding: “Russian brains helped Samsung develop the image-processing chips in its digital TVs and refine its frequency-filtering technology that significantly reduced noise on its now-ubiquitous handsets.”

But a second effect of the relationship with Russian science was the introduction of TRIZ, an innovation method that Samsung adopted from 2000 onwards but which only reached American companies from the mid-2000s onwards (Intel is a user).

TRIZ is a methodology for systematic problem solving. Typical of its origins in Russia, it asks users to seek the contradictions in current technological conditions and customer needs and to imagine an ideal state that innovation should drive towards.

Samsung had early successes with TRIZ, saving over $100 million in its first few projects. It was also adopting Six Sigma at the time.

But it was TRIZ that became the bedrock of innovation at Samsung. And it was introduced at Samsung by Russian engineers whom Samsung had hired into its Seoul Labs in the early 2000s.

In 2003 TRIZ led to 50 new patents for Samsung and in 2004 one project alone, a DVD pick-up innovation, saved Samsung over $100 million. TRIZ is now an obligatory skill set if you want to advance within Samsung.

At the Samsung Advanced Institute for Technology, Hyo June Kim, who wrote The Theory of Inventive Problem Solving, a foundation text on TRIZ published in Korean, trained over 1,000 engineers across Samsung companies in 2004 alone.                  

What we know from this is how Samsung approaches innovation. Rather it is based on developing a creative elite. This explains how Samsung used TRIZ to get to its Super AMOLED displays.

Samsung Electronics has a sense of crisis that we have been a fast follower and we can not survive anymore in this position. Instead of leading the industry by developing innovative products, we have followed fast what the leading companies had developed. Top management pointed out this and asked employee not to be a fast follower, but to be an innovative leader.

At Samsung even the subsidiary CEO has to take TRIZ training. From looking at the various presentations I estimate that engineers get about 15 days of training plus 7 days specific project work. That’s quite an investment in method and people.

So the answer to why Samsung is so innovative – with at least two major product announcements this month – is that it is heavily invested in its people, it goes in search of special talent wherever it can find it, but specifically made astute moves into Russia early on; it targets its innovations towards specific competitors and patents that it wants to overhaul (as Apple did under Jobs); and it has an innovation culture based on extensive training, repeatable methodology and creative elite formation, backed by the highest levels of management.

To read the full article, click the link above.

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Baldrige School launches MS in Quality Program - 19 July 2015

Baldrige School launches MS in Quality Program


The Malcolm Baldrige School of Business has set a MOD 1 (August 23, 2015) start date for its new Master of Science in Quality, Improvement, and Innovation degree CMRoeprogram, which was recently approved by the State of Connecticut Department of Higher Education.  Enrollment is now open.

The program will meet the employment needs of the many organizations who have acknowledged the link between quality, organizational improvement, and innovation initiatives, integrating these concepts into one system.

The program’s Academic Program Manager, Chuck Roe, promises the unique program will look at quality in terms of business, engineering, and manufacturing. “Students will explore the five elements of quality: producing, quality control, quality management, and continual improvement and innovation,” Chuck says, “and the program is designed to help students obtain three certifications:  Lean Six Sigma, Design for Six Sigma, and Certification for TRIZ.”  Roe adds that graduating students will “demonstrate a thorough knowledge of key business concepts such as total quality management, benchmarking techniques, creative problem solving, Design for Six Sigma (black belt), systems thinking, Lean Six Sigma (black belt), and Technology for Innovation (TRIZ).”

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Romulo Garza Award



Romulo Garza Award: Professor Inventor Category - February 2013

This last February of 2013 Dr. Noel Leon, Emeritus Professor of the School of Engineering and Information Technology of Tecnologico de Monterrey, was granted with the Rómulo Garza award in the category of Professor Inventor.

Dr. Leon graduated as DiplomEngineer in Agricultural Machine Design in 1969 from the Dresden University of Technology in Germany. He has a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering (summa cum laude) from the same University in 1976.

He is recognized as the first Latin American certified in the TRIZ innovation methodology in 1996, and he is one of the leading international experts in this methodology for the development and innovation of products, processes and services. He has trained and educated engineers, technicians and managers from Mexico, Chile, Colombia, Panama, Ecuador, Peru, France and Germany in this methodology. He practices also the methodology of Quality Function Deployment, QFD. He was the president Latin American QFD Association. Dr. León is a prominent member of the Altshuller Institute for TRIZ studies and serves on the Publications Committee.

In his courses, he uses the Project-based learning technique, and together with his students he has achieved the development and innovation of more than 50 industrial products.


Among some of the patents that have been granted in his name are:

  • US6739438Brake Rigging System,
  • MX261228 Portable device for self-diagnostic tests of cervical uterine cancer through simultaneous optical and electrical measurements.
  • NL/a/2005/000066 Saving Energy with an electronic sweeping circuit
    • NL/a/2005/000072 /MX 288055 Improved system of slope protection with whole or halved waste tires
    • NL/a/2006/000003 Centrifugal Filter of Reverse Osmosis with increased flow by vortex
    • Mx/a/2007/002577 Electro-thermal device for controlling the temperature in Textiles
    • NL/a/2005/000021 Axial reciprocating engine.
    • Mx/a/2008/016474Solar concentrating lens by refraction with high efficiency
    • Mx/a/2007/015520 Wall structure with thermal insulation.
    • NL/a/2005/000016 Sampling of endocervical and ectocervixcells


Dr. Leon is founder and Honorary President of the TRIZ Mexico Association (AMETRIZ), which has developed six international conferences in Technological Innovation. Currently,

he is director of the Research Chair "Engineering Design and Innovation" at ITESM, Campus Monterrey.



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