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TRIZ Home Page in Japan-21 June 2016

Updated:21 June 2016


Dear TRIZ Colleagues,

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


Dear TRIZ Colleagues,

    Toru Nakagawa

         Professor Emeritus, Osaka Gakuin University

"TRIZ Home Page in Japan" has been updated

     on Jun. 11 and Jun. 20 in the English as well as in the Japanese pages.

[A] TRIZ/USIT/CrePS Presentations & Papers (Toru Nakagawa)

[A1] Journal of Japan Creativity Society: (in Japanese)

       “USIT: A Concise Process for Creative Problem Solving

       Based on the Paradigm of the Six-Box Scheme”

[A2] TRIZCON2016, Mar. 3-5, 2016, at New Orleans:   (in English and in Japanese)

       “CrePS (General Methodology of Creative Problem Solving)

       beyond TRIZ: What, Why, and How? “


[B] Letters from Readers(S.S.A. Arshad; A. Nakagawa, et al.) (in English and in Japanese)

       on 'Liberty vs. Love'



[A] TRIZ / USIT / CrePS Presentations & Papers by Toru Nakagawa (OGU)

[A1] Publication in Journal of Japan Creativity Society:

“USIT: A Concise Process for Creative Problem Solving Based on the Paradigm of
the Six-Box Scheme -- USIT Manual and USIT Case Studies --“

Journal of Japan Creativity Soc., Vol. 19, pp. 64-84 (2015) (in Japanese).

Extended and revised version after the peer-review process of the Proceedings paper for the JCS Conference held on Oct. 3-4, 2015.

This is a full paper on USIT/CrePS in Japanese.

In English, please refer to my paper published in the ETRIA Journal and also my TRIZCON2016 presentation [A2], shown below.

[A2] Presentation submitted to TRIZCON2016:

“CrePS (General Methodology of Creative Problem Solving) beyond TRIZ:
What, Why, and How? “

Submitted to / published at TRIZCON2016 (Annual Conf. of the Altshuller Institute for TRIZ Studies), held at Tulane Univ., New Orleans, LA, USA, on Mar. 2-5, 2016

(I submitted my paper, presentation slides, and a presentation video beforehand, but could not attend at the conference due to a pain in my leg.

The paper is published in the Proceedings, but the video was not displayed at the Conference.)

I am posting here the full set:

(In the English page) Paper , Presentations slides, and video (MP4 format, 45 minutes),

(In the Japanese page) Paper and slides.

The paper describes the CrePS Methodology from the overall perspective, by answering the three basic questions shown in the title.
Abstract of the paper is shown here:

This paper proposes to establish a 'General Methodology of Creative Problem Solving' (abbreviated as CrePS) and answers the three fundamental questions:

What? --

CrePS is a general methodology which integrates various methods related to creative problem solving / task achieving and is applicable widely to different types of problems in technical and non-technical areas.  

The 'Six-Box Scheme' is adopted as the new basic paradigm of creative problem solving; this forms the framework of CrePS.

Why? --

Many conventional methods, including TRIZ, could not find a useful framework/paradigm of creative problem solving, and compete one another.

Thus they, even as the whole, could not respond to the big needs of the whole society, namely to solve problems and achieve tasks of various types of themes in different areas, to develop methods for such work, and to cultivate people to be capable for such work.

We need to fill such needs of the whole society with CrePS.

How? --

Using the 'Six-Box Scheme', we define a problem in the 'Real World', generate conceptual solutions to the problem in the Thinking World, and then implement the solutions in the 'Real World'.

Among the three principal processes, the central process of generating conceptual solutions in the Thinking World is the core.

For the core process, USIT (Unified Structured Inventive Thinking), which delivered the Six-Box Scheme, has been developed already and is a model to integrate and unify various relevant methods in the Thinking World.

For the processes in the Real World, i.e., the problem definition and solution implementation processes, conventional methods should be categorized according to their application themes and areas, in order to prepare for integrating them.

By the collaborative work of researchers and promoters of various methods, CrePS should be established, proliferated and applied widely.

[B] TRIZ Forum: Letters from Readers(May, Jun. - , 2016 (posted: Jun. 11 and Jun. 20)

(English page:)

Shahid Saleem A. Arshad (Australia), Doug Gundlach (USA), George Dragheci (Romania); Toru Nakagawa

On my working paper 'Liberty vs. Love', D. Gundlach responds 'It's startling and important'.

S. Arshad contributed his thoughts on 'Liberty vs. Love' supporting my working paper:

In our world, pursuing one's success (Liberty) is predominant and selflessness or concerning others (Love) is secondary.

The results are most recognizable in the big imbalance of '1% of the haves and 99% of the have-nots' in the current economic system of the World.

Understanding 'Liberty vs. Love' as the Principal Contradiction can form a basis for thinking of the resolutions.

-- Thanks, S. Arshard, and we look forward to further discussions from various people.

Nakagawa's reply to S.S.A. Arshad.

I communicated him that non-TRIZ readers in Japan seems not like the idea that Liberty and Love are contradictory and want to put Love above Liberty.

Contradiction of 'Liberty vs. Love' is essential and is not solved well everywhere in the world, I understand.

(Japanese page:)

Naohiko Takayama, Toru Nakagawa, Satoshi Sadahiro, Mr. X, Akira Nakagawa;
Shahid S.A. Arshad

I made an open lecture on USIT/CrePS on May 14, and I received inquiries from S. Sadahiro and Mr. X. So I wrote my suggestions on how to introduce USIT/CrePS into industries.

A. Nakagawa contributed his thoughts on the Low-living Elderly and 'Liberty vs. Love'.

He thinks that obtaining 'social nature' was indispensable for human kind and hence Love is primary to Liberty.

Communication by S. Arshad (May 18) is introduced in Japanese translation, for better discussion on 'Liberty vs. Love'.


The papers and presentations listed above in [A] concern with my original theme, i.e. methodology of creative problem solving.

Especially my TRIZCON paper fully describes: What shall we establish in the name of CrePS? Why do we need it? and How can we establish it?

The works in [B] are related to my trial of extending the application of the CrePS methodology to real problems in society.

Visualizing the problems of the 'Low-living Elderly' has guided me to the finding of 'Liberty vs. Love' as the Principal Contradiction of the Human Culture.

This concept will guide us much larger perspectives of understanding social problems and of resolving them in some new directions, I believe.  

Looking forward to your communications and contributions,


Best wishes,

Toru Nakagawa

"TRIZ Home Page in Japan" has been updated last night

   (dated Apr. 21) in English and in Japanese.



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TRIZ Home Page in Japan-31 May 2016

Updated:31 May 2016


Dear TRIZ Colleagues,

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


Dear TRIZ Colleagues,

    Toru Nakagawa,  Professor Emeritus, Osaka Gakuin University

"TRIZ Home Page in Japan" has been updated

     on May 8, 2016 in the Japanese/English pages and

     tonight (dated May 31) in the English pages.


[A] TRIZ/USIT/CrePS Presentations & Papers (Toru Nakagawa)

   [A1] Japan TRIZ Symposium, Sept. 2015  
   [A2] Japan Creativity Soc. Conf., Oct. 2015

   [A3] ETRIA TRIZ Future Conf., Oct. 2015, Berlin

     USIT: A Concise Process for Creative Problem Solving Based on the Paradigm of the Six-Box Scheme

[B] Letters from Readers(E. Domb, U. Mishra, et al.) on "Liberty vs. Love"


[A] TRIZ / USIT / CrePS Presentations & Papers by Toru Nakagawa (OGU)

[A1] Presentation at Japan TRIZ Symposium 2015:

USIT Case Studies in the Six-Box Scheme - Understanding Various Examples of Creative Problem Solving in the New Paradigm -                 (May 8, 2016)

Japan TRIZ Symposium, Sept. 2-3, 2015; Slides in English and in Japanese.

I first talked about the recent development of creative problem solving methods from my viewpoint, i.e., conventional --> TRIZ --> USIT --> CrePS.

The 'Six-Box Scheme' can be the new paradigm for integrating TRIZ and many other creative problem solving methods together into the CrePS Methodology.

And USIT is a concise process for carrying out CrePS.

So in 2015 I made the USIT Manual and A Collection of USIT Case Studies.

A seminar class on 'A Large Variety of Writing Instruments: Studying the Evolution of Technology' is illustrated, where the essence of TRIZ (i.e. evolution of technology) was studied without using any specific TRIZ terms.

[A2] Presentation at Japan Creativity Society Conference 2015.

USIT: A Concise Process for Creative Problem Solving Based on the Paradigm of the Six-Box Scheme USIT Manual and USIT Case Studies

JCS Annual Conference, Oct. 3-4, 2015, in Osaka;   Slides and Paper in Japanese

See [A3] in English.

[A3] Presentation at ETRIA TRIZ Future Conf. 2015

USIT: A Concise Process for Creative Problem Solving Based on the Paradigm of the Six-Box Scheme USIT Manual and USIT Case Studies


ETRIA TFC 2015, Berlin, Germany, on Oct. 26-29, 2015.

(A) Presentation slides (25 slides),

(B) Extended paper manuscript (11 pages, Sept. 2015),

(C) Full paper (7 pages, published in the Proceedings and in the ETRIA Journal, INNOVATOR 1-2016 pp.91-97 (Feb. 2016)

all in English.

This paper describes the position of the USIT process development in the perspective of the on-going establishment of the General Methodology of Creative Problem Solving (CrePS).

USIT was initialized by Ed Sickafus in 1985 as a concise process for creative problem solving, and it has been adopted in Japan in 1999 and improved further step by step to integrate TRIZ solution generation methods and to establish the 'Six-Box Scheme' as the new paradigm for     the general methodology CrePS.

USIT is now fully documented in the forms of the USIT Manual and USIT Case Studies, and is explained here in a compact way.

[B] TRIZ Forum: Letters from Readers (Apr. - , 2016 (posted on May 8, 2016)

English page: Ellen Domb (USA), Umakant Mishra (India), Toru Nakagawa

On my working paper 'Liberty vs. Love', E. Domb writes:

"The “TRIZ people” will be challenged to refine what they call contradictions, and the non-TRIZ people will learn how powerful the concept of resolution of contradictions can be."

U. Mishra shows various cases of contradictions in Liberty itself, i.e., even though Liberty means freedom in any decision/action but actually any decision/action in contradictory choices cannot be taken freely considering its effects/outcomes.

Japanese page: Akihiro Katahira, Youichi Hasegawa, Kunio Asai, Toru Nakagawa

A. Katahira announces the 4.02 version of his Fuda-Yose Tool.

Y. Hasegawa sees a large possibility in Nakagawa's 'Liberty vs. Love' to understand many different phenomena in the world.

K. Asai writes

"Liberty and Love are not contradictory. Love is the motive force to create the (new) way of     Liberty in a democratic manner."

I think his saying is more or less typical conventional understanding. But it is misleading to think Liberty and Love are naturally compatible without any conflicts. We should better clarify the intrinsic and universal contradictions in Liberty, in Love, and between Liberty and Love, in order to find the ways to solve them.

A few more communications are under the way of posting.

Your comments and suggestions are very welcome.



Toru Nakagawa, Dr., Professor Emeritus, Osaka Gakuin University

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TRIZ TRENDS - 12 April 2016

Altshuller Institute was invited to provide a thought provoking TRIZ paper to the second, and highly successful TRIZ TRENDS event at the John F. Welch GE Technology Center, Bangalore, India scheduled for Tuesday, April 12, 2016. This GE center is a part of the GE Global network of GE Global Research Institutes through the world.  The White Paper was provided by Donald Coates, Ph.D., P.E. (Retired) a now part-time professor of the College of Applied Engineering, Sustainability, and Technology at Kent State University Kent, OH 44242. 


A copy of this important thought provoking TRIZ White Paper is available below as part of our continuing service to our membership.

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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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