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A Customer Review of Takanori Fujita's "The Low-living Elderly" Book

Toru Nakagawa (Osaka Gakuin University),
Mar. 30, 2016,  Contributed to site  (in Japanese)

A Discussion of the 82 Customer Reviews of the Book in the Amazon Site

Toru Nakagawa (Osaka Gakuin University),
Mar. 30, 2016, Posted in "TRIZ Home Page in Japan" 

(in Japanese)

Brief introduction in English, Apr. 27, 2016
Posted on Mar. 30,, 2016 (in Japanese); Apr. 29, 2016 (in English)

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Editor's Note (Toru Nakagawa, Mar. 22, 2016 (in Japanese); Apr. 27, 2016 in English) 

Fujita's book was published at the end of Jun. 2015 and has become one of the best sellers, selling over 200,000 copies in 9 months.

To the site, 82 Customer Reviews have been contributed. It is remarkable that many readers evaluate it very highly while many others evaluate it very poorly.     So I reviewed all the 82 reviews closely, writing personal comments for my own notes.

I contributed my own Customer Review of the book to the Amazon site with the title
      "Visualizing the logic of Fujita's Book, I made a pamphlet of 24 pages of diagrams".
In the review I recommended 8 reviews and briefly commented on 15 other important reviews.

==> This article is posted at the top part of this page in Japanese.
(No English translation is planned.)

I also wrote an article where I described in detail the discussions on the 23 Customer Reviews.  And I posted it in "TRIZ Home Page in Japan".

==> This article is posted as the main body of this page in Japanese.
(No English translation is planned.)

I learned a lot while reviewing the 82 Customer Reviews.  Conflicting views/opinions in many different aspects are valuable for me to consider the solution directions in such important issues.

Table of Contents of "A Discussion of the 82 Customer Reviews of the Book in the Amazon Site"

(A) Introduction

(B) Where and how many Low-living Elderly people are there?

(C) The cases shown for examples of falling into poverty are exceptional, aren't they responsible for themselves?

(F) What are the measures for self-protection against falling into low-living?  Receiving welfare is a right? or overreliance? or sponging?

(H) Perspectives of Future:  Exaggerate and foment the fears? or the drastic increase of the low-living elderly is expected really?

(I) Issues of the financial sources for welfare, how to correct the gap between the rich and the poor, desirable directions of policies and the future vision

(K) Future policies

(L) Expected readers

(M) On the Author's attitude and activities



Editor's Post-Note (Toru Nakagawa, Mar. 22, 2016 (in Japanese); Apr. 27, 2016 in English) 

Reading, classifying, and learning the arguments in various aspects in the Customer Reviews by many readers was very useful for me.  

I now feel the following tasks should be important for me to pursue in the near future, and I am going to investigate and write on them step by step:

(1) We should clarify the issues of social philosophy, social ethics, and ways of arguing which underlie far deeply in these arguments by people.   The discussion need to be deeper, and should clarify social thought, social ethics, and the issue concerning to the the ways of discussion.

  Articles/papers on this theme have been started in posting  (Apr.21, 2016) ==>  

(2)  To clarify the actual situations of the Low-living Elderly:: Where are they? Why and how have they become as they are? What do they really need? 

(3) Considering the five (current) Patterns of Falling into the Low-living Elderly, to study and find the directions of solutions:
      What are preventing the increase of public care houses?  How can we prevent the dementia?  How to detect dementia at the early stage?  How to stop or delay the process of dementia?  etc.

(4)  And many more to do on the L0w-living Elderly problem.

(5)  To study more on the problems of poverty among the middle-aged, the young, and children, etc.:  To find suitable books/references and to visualize them.  Problems concerning to unstable employment may be most important.

         --- Please recommend us good/suitable books/references.  ---


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