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TRIZ Home Page in Japan- 11 January 2016

Updated:1 January 2016


Dear TRIZ Colleagues,

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


"TRIZ Home Page in Japan" has been updated tonight

   (dated January.11.) in the English and Japanese pages.

[1]Message for the New Year 2016 (Toru Nakagawa)

[2][3] Visual Thinking with 'Fuda-Yose' (11)(12) -- Thinking over the poverty in the Japanese Society:

     [A] Increasing poverty among the elderly

       (6) How to protect yourself

       (7) Proposals of policy


     Toru Nakagawa (in Japanese; Brief introduction in English)

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



[1] Message for the New Year 2016 (Toru Nakagawa)

     Posted is my New Year Card (in Japanese and in Englishtranslation) which I sent to about 200 friends in Japan

     whom I met before my TRIZ days. So it is just a yearly report of my activities.

[2] Forum:   Visual Thinking with 'Fuda-Yose' (11) -- Thinking over the poverty in the Japanese Society:

     [A] Increasing poverty among the elderly

         (6) How to protect yourself -- Measures before and

               in a low-living elderly situation

   Toru Nakagawa

   Source reference: "Karyuu Roujin" ("The low-living elderly") by Takanori Fujita (Jun. 2015).

     Chapter 6. How to protect yourself -- For having a peaceful elderly life

   The Author advises first to the low-living elderly what they should learn and what they should do.

   Firstly, he explains the current social welfare system, e.g., how to apply for the social welfare, what are the

   requirements for receiving the welfare, and items and amounts of the welfare.

   He also explains how to receive the medical care free of charge or at low cost, and advises about the recognition and attitudes.

   Secondly he advises how to prevent from falling into the situation of the low-living elderly.

   "Savings are important", he says first of course, but he adds that human relationships in the elderly days are

   more important than money. Some people can be helped smoothly but some others can not be, he says.

   People who come early for asking assistance and who are of positive thinking can be helped smoothly.

   Holding good and rich human relationships and occasions/places of mutual assistance is helpful.

   His concluding remarks is impressive:

   "There are many elderly people who live happily even in their poverty.

     They commonly have rich communications and connections with other people."

   The visualized diagrams are posted in HTML and PDF for the abstract version and in PDF for the detailed version.

[3] Forum:   Visual Thinking with 'Fuda-Yose' (12) -- Thinking over the poverty in the Japanese Society:

     [A] Increasing poverty among the elderly

       (7) Proposals of policy

   Toru Nakagawa

   Source reference: "Karyuu Roujin" ("The low-living elderly") by Takanori Fujita (Jun. 2015).

   Chapter 7: For avoiding the decay of peaceful elder lives for all the 100 millions in Japan

   In the last chapter of the book, the Author writes his personal proposals of policy.

   In the Fuda-Yose diagram, I arranged the labels in a two-dimensional way:

   From left to right: recognition of the problem situations and of basic principles --> consideration and reasoning --> proposal.

   From top to bottom: along the stages and logics of the components of the proposal.  

   Detailed version of the diagram (3 pages) was made first,

   then it was concentrated into the abstract version (1 page),

   and finally the proposals are stated in sentences.

   Please refer to the parent page and also the abstract

   version diagrams of the whole book .

   The Author proposes as follows in this chapter:

(1) First of all, the government should realize that the

     poverty exists widely and growing further in the

     people and should address the issue of correcting the

     income disparity and take measures to fight against


(2) Under the principles of fundamental human rights,

     Fundamental Law of Fighting against Poverty should be

     enacted, and the measures for preventing people from

     getting poor and for saving people from the poverty

     should be made as the important strategy of Japan.

(3) The government and all the municipal governments should

     inform that the poor and needy people (including the

     low-living elderly) can be saved by the social welfare

     and should guide them to apply for the welfare.

(4) The current system of social welfare should be

     decomposed into their support categories, so that the

     supports can be received more smoothly.

     By supporting the people for some partial categories

     in the current welfare, the people can make their own

     living before entirely losing their properties.

(5) Support the people for their housing rent (partially).

     This releases the low-living people (including the

     elderly and the young) from the rather heavy burden of

     rent and builds a better condition for the young to have

     their home, thus becomes effective as the measures for

     increasing children.

(6) The current reduction measures of the national pension

   premium should be informed, so that the low-living

     young people apply for the reduction instead of no

     payment in silence.

(7) In place of the current national pension system, a new

     system should be built in order to guarantee all the

     people for their living in their elderly days at the

     minimum level of healthy and cultural living which is

     guaranteed in the Constitution.

(8) After all, it corresponds to the living support in the

     social welfare system.

     Then the current national pension system should rather

     be quitted and integrated as the living support in the

     new social welfare system, as described in (4).

(9) For building a society where people can live happily,

     all the people in Japan should consider and choose

     proper systems including the taxation system for

     redistributing the wealth, and should proceed for its


-- I personally agree with these proposals by the Author, Mr. Takanori Fujita.

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

   Altshuller Institute (USA) is making much efforts for rebuilding its activities, especially TRIZCON.

   The host is Tulane University.

   Call for Participation and detailed advance Agenda of the 3-day conference are announced in their Web site.

   Many keynote lectures, many tutorials, and many presentations are scheduled.

   Nakagawa will give a presentation:

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


The diagrams built with the 'Visual Thinking' are useful for understanding, considering further, and discussing

   on the theme of big and complex problem in the realsociety.

It is an approach with flexible, logical, systematic, and overview thinking based on science and technology.

   And we should proceed much further for demonstrating its usefulness in the real world.



Best wishes always,

Toru Nakagawa


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


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

E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   [The same as before retirement]

Editor of the "TRIZ Home Page in Japan":


Director of CrePS Institute: URL: (Office & Home) 3-1-13 Eirakudai, Kashiwa, Chiba 277-0086, Japan.

       Phone & FAX: +81-4-7167-7403


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TRIZ Home Page in Japan- 30 Nov 2015

Updated:15 December 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 December. 01) in the English and Japanese pages.

[1] Visual Thinking with 'Fuda-Yose' (9) --

   Thinking over the poverty in the Japanese Society:

     [A] Increasing poverty among the elderly

       (4) Issues of recognition and understanding

     Toru Nakagawa (Osaka Gakuin Univ.)

       (in Japanese; Brief introduction in English)

[2] Letters from Readers( Oct. - Nov., 2015

     English page: Prof. Riitahuhta Asko (Finnland),

       Boon Yean (Malaysia), Alexandre Augusto (Brasil)

     Japanese page: A. Endo, T. Takahara, A. Katahira,

       T. Hayashi, T. Yamauchi, Y. Hasegawa, T. Nakagawa



[1] Visual Thinking with 'Fuda-Yose' (9) --

   Thinking over the poverty in the Japanese Society:

     [A] Increasing poverty among the elderly

       (4) Issues of recognition and understanding

   Toru Nakagawa (Osaka Gakuin Univ.), Nov. 23, 2015

   Source reference:

 "Karyuu Roujin" ("The low-living elderly")

   by Takanori Fujita (Jun. 2015).

   Chapter 4. The day when your arguments of 'Make more

       efforts' and 'Selfresponsibility' will kill yourself

   In Chapter 4, the Author raises a question:

   "Despite the present situation of increasing number of

     the low-living elderly, why no serious measures have

     been implemented so far in Japan?".

   He finds that the principal factors are poor awareness

   and ill-understanding by the general public.

   Such factors push the low-living elderly to the margins

   of society and the government's attitude of "providing

   no support without explicit request in person" makes

   the situation worse.

   The Author is actively working with an NPO to support the

   low-living people.

   He has received encouraging messages but much more

   negative and opposing ones from various people.

   So he is discussing here in response to such messages.

   The Author discusses logically, but the text seems

   somewhat complicated in the structure because of the

   involvement of multiple stakeholders.

   Visualizing the discussion in the present work has

   made myself understood this issue much more clearly.

   Visualized diagrams (in Japanese) are posted here:

     Abstract version: in HTML and in PDF ;

     Detailed version in PDF .

   An English page is posted newly to show the outline of

   this series ([A] Increasing poverty among the elderly)

   with brief introductions in English.                                                                                                                                                              

(a) The Author points out that the main reasons

   why no serious measures have been taken for supporting

   the low-living elderly increasing in number recently

   are the unawareness and ill-understanding by the

   general public in Japan.

   We Japanese generally have the sound moral of 'to live

   without depending on others' help'.

   As a result, when we see or hear about the people

   who become unable to live self-dependently, we often


       "Their efforts are insufficient.

       They themselves are responsible for their failure.

       They should not dare to depend on the public support

       without further efforts and persistence."

   Such thoughts evaluate poorly the low-living elderly and

   push them towards the margins of society.

(b) However, viewing the issue in the whole scale of our

   society, we realize that it is inevitable to have the

   poor people besides the rich in the competitive society

   of capitalism.

   In the history of the humankind, the world has found

   'Basic human rights' as a fundamental moral.

   Constitution of Japan guarantees the people the right

   to maintain the minimum standards of healthy and cultural


   Therefore, it is not 'overreliance' but 'rights' for

   the poor and needy people get a support from the country.

   Recognition, or rather change in thoughts, in this

   direction is necessary for us all, i.e., the general

   public, the poor and needy people themselves, and the

   public administration.

(c) Under the limited national financial situations, how

   can we support the poor and needy people, not only the

   elderly but of all other generations, and in various


   We have to think over the big and complex problem with

   all our efforts.  

     (The discussion continues to the next Chapter.)

[2] Letters from Readers( Oct. - Nov., 2015

   English page:

       Prof. Riitahuhta Asko (Finnland),

       Boon Yean (Malaysia),

       Alexandre Augusto (TRIZ Brasil, Brasil)

     Short communications

   Japanese page:

       Akihiro Endo, Toshio Takahara, Akihiro Katahira,

       Toshihiro Hayashi, Takeshi Yamaushi, Youichi Hasegawa,

       Toru Nakagawa

       Communications on Contradictions and Coexistence,

         Poverty problem, Visual Thinking,

         Matrix 2010, Bio TRIZ DB,

         Solving differences, Dialectic Logic,   etc.


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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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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