TRIZ Forum: From Readers

Letters from Readers (Aug. - Oct. , 2013):

Shahid Saleem Arshad (Australia), Shireen Al - Jaouni (Palestine), Yury Danilovsky (Russia/Korea), Ellen Domb (USA),  Khairul Manami Kamarudin (UK/Malaysia), Richard Platt (USA), Umakant Mishra (India)

Editor: Toru Nakagawa (Osaka Gakuin Univ.)

See also the Japanese page (Oct. 20, 2013)
Posted on Oct. 20, 2013
buttons guide you to the pages written in Japanese.

Editor's Note (Toru Nakagawa, Oct. 9, 2013)

To my thanks, I have been receiving emails occasionally from various readers in Japan and from overseas. In the present page, and also in the Japanese page , I am going to post some of those communications under the permissions of the respondants.  Most of them are on the topics related to the papers/articles posted in the Web site.   

I wish to make this Web site active, user-friendly, and useful for many new and frequent readers by the support of you, authors, communicators, and readers.

  Update of "TRIZ Home Page in Japan"  Aug. 4, 2013

"Scientists's responsibility" (K. Okawa), Korea GTC2013 report (T. Nakagawa),


 Shahid Saleem Arshad (Australia)     Aug. 6, 2013

Dear Professor Nakagawa, I am glad to receive your email, as I was planning to email you myself over this weekend. Your last update on the THPJ was on June 22, and so I thought that you were probably on a summer holiday trip. 

It has become a recurring theme with me but I need to prepare and submit something for consideration for inclusion in the THPJ, and despite several attempts have not been able to do so.

One possible reason is my feeling that apart from the development of new tools and techniques for TRIZ and applied innovation, consideration must be given to the early formation of the innovation mindset. 

Our formal education is essentially and necessarily sequential, with well defined modules of knowledge ( information ) presented to the student to absorb. This is perfectly reasonable, however it does create an inadvertent dependency in all or most of us for a structured methodology for problem solving.

Edward de Bono terms this vertical thinking and so presents a rationale for Lateral, or side to side, thinking where the solution does not necessarily follow in a step by step up down manner. I feel Dr. de Bono made a strong impression when he first came out with his approach in the 1960s and 70s, but now I feel he has concentrated more on the commercial exploitation of his now well established ideas. He has not come forward with a more recent avatar of his thinking.

My personal thinking is that there is a need for vertical as well as lateral, but also another style of thinking which I find difficult to describe. Let me call it Type III. In Type III, the first task is to adopt a more aggressive approach to condition and pre-process the information being presented to us as not only is information overly abundant, it is also overly contaminated. This contamination of information is one of the biggest problems we have, because by mindlessly processing this, even in the most efficient and structured problem solving methodology, it is difficult to end up with good results.

I just wrote these few line in an early lunch break just to say hello. I have not yet read Mr. Takahara's latest article and the other article, which I will do so with much interest.

Your personal photographs are a treat as in what I humbly understand to be Japanese philosophy, "simplicity speaks volumes". 

Best regards, Shahid



 Shireen Al - Jaouni (Palestine)     Aug. 6, 2013

Dear Professor Toru Nakagawa; Thank you deeply for these instructive materials of TRIZ. Please keep in touch. Your continuous supporting and cooperation is highly appreciated;
Best Regards; Shireen Al - Jaouni


  Yury Danilovsky (Russia/Korea)       Aug. 8, 2013

Dear professor Toru Nakagava, Thank you very much for  info about your resource in internet.  I was frequent  visitors in your  website long time.

Let me share with  content  of my several articles  from 2012- 13. You  can found  list of articles in APPENIX  from this letter.

Best regards, with my respect
Yury Danilovsky PhD, TRIZ Master, diploma 85P


(1) FOS ( Function Oriented Search) electronic database as training in RTV (Develop Creative Imagination)

(2) Diagnostics and Training of the Inventive Thinking Level based on the Reference Book on Disadvantages. (Disadvantage Oriented Search).

(3) Computer program for complex diagnostic of  level of creative thinking and increasing  IQ  "brainbuilding"

(4) Direct  Data Base for FOS 

(5) Benchmarking for "TS Knife"( as material for education in FOS)  

(6) Lecture about Principle 13 'The Other Way Round'

(7) Example in real project "powder coloration" 

(8) Example  for  analysis by risk of innovation 



   Toru Nakagawa    (personal email to Ellen Domb)   Aug. 21, 2013

[I sent to Ellen Domb a manuscript of my paper to be submitted to ETRIA TFC2013: "General methodology for creative problem solving and task achieving (CrePS): Its vision". And I asked her for comments and advices on the manuscript and on the project for establishing such a general methodology.]


 Ellen Domb (USA)      Aug. 26,2013

Hello, Toru: I like all the details of the paper (the 6 boxes, the systematic, disciplined method for deciding which tools/methods to use in each box etc.)
But I am not sure that I agree with the basic premise, that TRIZ has been adopted slowly because people want more rigor in the algorithm, or better teaching, etc.

I am not sure that it has been "slow." The best 3 benchmarks that I can suggest are

"Modern quality"—started in the UK in the early 1900s, then in the US in the 1930-40s, then in Japan in the 50-s through now, then back to the US and the rest of the world (1980s-now) (Deming, Ishikawa, Juran, etc.)

Robust design, also called Taguchi methods, Dr. Genichi Taguchi (Japan in the early 1950s, US in the 70-s through now, global in the 90s through now by incorporation into Six Sigma) If you would like to research the method and the spread of the method, I will recommend .
Dr. Genichi Taguchi died about a year ago, and was widely celebrated in both Japan and the US statistics communities, so there is a lot to read about him and about the method, but I'm not sure how much about the way the method spread.

Goldratt's theory of constraints: This is the best example in which a method was developed for industry/manufacturing, then applied to many other kinds of problem solving, and is now applied in schools in many countries for general problem solving as well as for the original technical situation. Three websites that would help you research this are:
1TOCfE has trained over 250,000 education stakeholders in over 20 countries on 6 continents with an impact on over 8 million children….and all with whom they interact in their homes, classrooms and communities.

I cannot offer any help with how to get the education system interested in creative problem solving, because it is highly political in most countries. This is also why I admire what the Goldratt group has done, since they have gotten acceptance at the level of ministries of education in some countries, and departments of education in some US states. I have had complete, total failure in personal efforts to get TRIZ into our schools—inviting people from education to free seminars, giving them books, etc., have all failed, I think because the efforts came from people who were outside the education system.

I will be glad to hear about your work, and to give comments whenever they can be helpful, but I am not able to volunteer for any direct work.

I will be very interested to hear about the reaction that you get from the Japan Creativity Society, and I will be in Paris and will be interested in the ETRIA reaction.

Best wishes, Ellen
Ellen Domb, Ph.D. PQR Group,



  Update of "TRIZ Home Page in Japan"  Aug. 28, 2013

"For establishig a general methodology 'CrePS'" (T. Nakagawa, GTC2013)


 Khairul Manami Kamarudin (UK/Malaysia)      Sept. 17, 2013   Books on Japanese USIT

Good day Prof.,  I hope you still remember me from MyTRIZ conference in Penang, Malaysia last year. Currently I am doing PhD and my subject of research is about TRIZ in aerospace industries.

I would like to know if there is any books on USIT or Japanese USIT that I can refer to. If you know any website links that it can help me buy those books, please guide me.
Thank you Prof.


  Toru Nakagawa        Sept. 17, 2013

Thank you for your message.   Yes, I remember you, especially because of your Japanese name  Manami.

We have not published any book yet on USIT.
Instead, all the USIT references have been posted publicly in my Web site "TRIZ Home Page in Japan". General Index, site search, and hyperlinks will help you find various articles on USIT in my home page.

Wish you best in your PhD work!  Toru Nakagawa


  Update of "TRIZ Home Page in Japan"  Sept. 20, 2013

"Business strategies" (L. Kaplan);  "FUKUSHIMA Report" (E. Yamaguchi)


  Richard Platt (USA)         Sept. 22, 2013      Fukushima Report

I was attempting to read the presentation on the FUKUSHIMA Report: I was able to translate the page from Japanese Kanji into English, because I have a built in translator into my Google Chrome browser.
While that wasn't a problem for me, it may present an issue to others who wish to read this very important analysis and work that the author and yourself have put up.

I would respectfully suggest putting up this presentation in an English version. If that is done, then I will happily and gladly present that to numerous individuals here in the US and the EU about the importance of TRIZ and its value to help avoid such issues in the future, as well what it means to be a real innovation manager, because we also manage risk and threats to our companies, our respective nations, and by extension our civilization and society as a whole.

This is my passion Dr. Nakagawa, it is well documented, and you have seen me as well be very passionate about the correct use and application of TRIZ, when we were together back in 2006. It is clear that I am very passionate about our shared appreciation for methods like TRIZ, but I will need your assistance in being able to get that message out to others.

With the deepest of respect. Kindly and Sincerely, Richard Platt


  Toru Nakagawa and Eiichi Yamaguchi's Response

[On receiving this mesage from Richard Platt I communicated with Prof. Yamaguchi.  He sent me a PPT file, with narration notes, which he presented in Ebglish at ISIS2012 Sympsium held at University of Cambridge in Sept. 2012.  Thus I posted the slides and texts in a new page on Oct. 3, 2013.]


 Shahid Saleem Arshad (Australia)        Sept. 22, 2013

Many thanks for this update to the THPJ. Some different, interesting and thought provoking articles to read.

I did not comment on your mention last month of General methodology of creative problem-solving / task-achieving (CrePS)). There was your article which mentioned the emerging outlines of your concepts. I felt I should wait till you release further information in an upcoming article.

As you may recall my mentioning to you that TRIZ, USIT, etc. are tools which to function properly require awareness of new modes of thinking in the larger context. An encompassing context that deals with other issues, technical, contemporary, managerial, philosophical, etc. With your own experience and accumulated knowledge, you are very well placed to explore these ideas and present them to the readership of the THPJ.

Your inclusion of related articles by Len Kaplan, the Fukushima mishap, and earlier by Mr. Toshio Takahara, is a positive thing. They may not be 100% TRIZ oriented, but they do provide a spur to our thinking.

In addition to such related articles, may I suggest something else for your consideration. Comments by some of the many Japanese and International personalities you have interacted with over the many years. Subjects could range from technical, to managerial, to innovation, new technology, work ethics, changing mindsets of the newer generation, and so many more.

My feeling is that the essence and distillation of an accomplished person's thinking towards the latter part of one's life, when most of the living has been done, is of fundamental value and importance for those who are following in their footsteps. Or, at least along a similar path. Just two or three paragraphs, or at most a page or two of thoughts on what was important, and what was not. What makes a difference in the final analysis, What sort of thinking traits are useful to develop and which should be discarded.

I do not know if there is such a book of collective wisdom available in Japan, I feel there must be. But I am not so sure about collective technological / management related wisdom, especially as it pertains to innovation.

You may find that this aspect is worth a thought.
Best regards, Shahid



  Update of "TRIZ Home Page in Japan"  Oct. 3, 2013

"FUKUSHIMA Report (2)" (E. Yamaguchi);
"Using Southbeach Modeller" (M. Okada):
"Introductory Video on creative problem solving" (T. Nakagawa);
Paper "General methodology for creative problem solving (CrePS): it vision" (T. Nakagawa)


 Umakant Mishra (India)       Oct. 5, 2013

Thanks Mr. Nakagawa for attaching your beautiful photos. You look very handsome even at this age. I love your photos a lot.
Regards, Umakant

Thank you for your kind words!  Toru



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