From the Editor:

Message for the New Year 2017

Editor: Toru Nakagawa (Professor Emeritus, Osaka Gakuin University), Jan. 11, 2017

Posted on Jan. 13, 2017
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Message (Toru Nakagawa, Jan. 11, 2017)

Greetings from Japan for a Happy New Year 2017!!  Wish the year be peaceful in the World, and healthy, happy, and successful for you all.

It is a tradition in Japan to send post cards for celebrating a new year.  In the Japanese page of this site I posted my New Year post card, which I sent to my friends whom I met before my TRIZ days (Note: To those I got acquainted in relation to TRIZ, I do not send post cards, because this Home Page is more useful).  Here is the card in Japanese:


Please allow me to address the same message in English translation to you, because I am saying/writing almost the same thing (for months and years).

Happy New Year 2017 !!

Since my retirement of OGU in 2012, I am continuing my research and proliferation activities on the methodologies of creative problem solving.   I have reached a conviction that the Six-Box Scheme is the new paradigm of creative problem solving in general, including technological development in industries, advanced research in academia, issues of social problems, etc.

Starting with the visualization of the logic of "The Low-living Elderly" book written by Takanori Fujita, I worked on the issue of poverty in the Japanese society.  In the issues of poverty and welfare, there always exist the conflicts of arguments between self-responsibility and mutual help.   At the root of them, I have found the conflicts between the two basic Principles, i.e., Liberty and Love.  Liberty vs. Love is the Principal Contradiction inherent in the Human Culture, and emerges and exists everywhere unsolved in the history.   Ethics, containing the Fundamental Human Rights (having Equality at its core), can motivate and coordinate Liberty and Love together.  


Wroclaw Technical University, Poland
(Oct. 27, 2016)

Thus at the personal (and inter-personal) level and at various social levels, the relationships among Liberty, Love, and Ethics should be revealed in their actual as well as desirable situations. And such understanding should be shared widely as the Human Culture.
--- This is the understanding of the problem and its hypothesis I have just obtained at the age of 76, and it forms an important starting point for the big task of creative problem solving.   I wish you all for your health and success, and for a peaceful new year.

January 1st, 2017    Toru Nakagawa



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