TRIZ Forum: From Readers

Letters from Readers (Dec. 2018 - Jan. 2019)

Toru Nakagawa; Don Masingale (USA), Walter Hermans, Christopher K. Ahoy (USA), Val Tsourikov (Belarus), Ellen Domb (USA), Alexander Shmonov (Russia)

Editor: Toru Nakagawa (Osaka Gakuin Univ.)

See Index Page of 'From the Readers' pages  ;
also the page of 'WTSP Mails and Letters' .

Posted on Feb. 6, 2019
buttons guide you to the pages written in Japanese.

Editor's Note (Toru Nakagawa, Feb. 6, 2019)

This page ’Letters from Readers' is for recording various communications between readers in the world and the Editor, myself.  Communcations specifically on the WTSP project are posted separatety in the page of 'WTSP Mails and Letters' starting in Jan. 2019. .


List of Letters from Readers (and from the Editor):

Nov. 21, 2018 --------------------------------------- Update of "TRIZ Home Page in Japan" ---------------------

Nov. 22, 2018

TN ==> WTSP Members, Invitees

[WTSP] Letters (6M) to Members and (6I) to Invitees.

Nov. 22, 2018

TN ==> Many HP Readers (Japan)

Update Announcement (Nov. 21)

Dec. 13, 2018 --------------------------------------- Update of "TRIZ Home Page in Japan" --------------------

Dec. 14, 2018

TN ==> Many HP Readers (Japan & World)

Update Announcement (Dec. 13)

Dec. 20-21, 2018 TN ==> WTSP teams in the world [WTSP] Letters (6C-xx) to Members and Invitees of each country

Dec. 21, 2018

Don Masingale (USA) ==> TN

short communication

Dec. 28, 2018

Walter Hermans <==> TN

on 'softTRIZ' and CrePS; responce by TN

Jan. 10, 2019 --------------------------------------- Update of "TRIZ Home Page in Japan" --------------------

Jan. 10, 2019

TN ==> Many HP Readers (Japan & World)

Update Announcement (Jan. 10)

Jan. 10, 2019

Christopher K. Ahoy (USA) ==> TN

short communication

Jan. 11, 2019

Val Tsourikov (Belarus) ==> TN

short communication

Jan. 13, 2019

Ellen Domb (USA) ==> TN

short communication

Jan. 13, 2019 --------------------------------------- Update of "TRIZ Home Page in Japan" --------------------
Jan. 13, 2019 TN ==> WTSP Members and Invitees [WTSP] Letters (7M-A)(7M-B) to Members and (7M-D)(7M-E) to Invitees

Jan. 15, 2019

Alexander Shmonov (Russia) ==>  TN

'Computer can invent' 


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  Update of "TRIZ Home Page in Japan"  Nov. 21, 2018

WTSP Mails:  Quick Reports of WTSP at ETRIA TFC2018 (Toru Nakagawa)
WTSP Letters (5M)(5I)(5C):  Information and invitation for forming WTSP teams and starting the work (Toru Nakagawa) 
- Contributed article:  A Comment on Liberty-Love-Ethics from the Standpoint of Kitaro Nishida's Philosophy, (T. Shimoda; T. Nakagawa)
- TRIZ Forum:  Letters from Readers (Oct. - Nov. 2018) (T. Nakagawa; T. Shimada, T. Hayashi 

   Toru Nakagawa ==> WTSP Members and Invitees       Nov. 21, 2018

[ WTSP] Letter (6M)  to the WTSP Members:


  Update of "TRIZ Home Page in Japan"  Dec. 13, 2018

- TRIZ Paper: How TRIZ can contribute to a paradigm change in R&D practices? (Denis Cavallucci)   (Japanese translation: T. Takahara, H. Kosha, T. Nakagawa)
Keynote Lecture presented at Japan TRIZ Symposium 2012, Sept. 2012.   English page: Keynote Paper , Tutorial Slides ; Japanese page: Keynote Paper , Keynote Slides .
Professor Cavallucci's group (INSA Strasbourg) started with classical TRIZ, introduced OTSM while inviting Nikolai Khomenko, and then built their own IDM (Inventive Design Method) so as to handle real complex problems in industries.  They also built the STEPS software for implementing their methodology. We can learn much with the paper and the slides.

-  Introduction/Summary (Social Problems): Principal Contradiction of Human Culture and Solution Directions : ‘Liberty vs Love’ and Ethics (Toru Nakagawa)  
- WTSP Letters (6C):  Greetings and encouragement of WTSP teams in each country. (Dec. 20-21, 2018) (Toru Nakagawa) 


  Don Masingale (USA) ==> Toru Nakagawa     Dec. 21, 2018

Toru, Thank you for the well wishes. You and yours have a very Merry Christmas and a happy New Year.
And thank you for your continuous hard work with expanding the knowledge and use of TRIZ.

I am fully retired now, just doing a little consulting here and there.
Best wishes and again thank you. Please keep me on your mail list distribution of TRIZ notifications.
Don Masingale



Walter Hermans ==> Toru Nakagawa   on 'softTRIZ' and CrePS     Dec. 28, 2018

Dear Mr. Nakagawa, I received your name as a reference from Mr. S. D. Savransky, a Russian author of TRIZ, living in the United States of America, upon asking information on, so called, ‘softTRIZ’, that is TRIZ applied to analyzing problems in psychology and social sciences.

I know that Mr Jack Hipple, a chemical engineer and the author of a book on TRIZ ‘The ideal result’, living in Tampa, Florida, US, has put available for free on the internet “12 lessons for applying TRIZ in management and business”, which points to applying the TRIZ-principles of Altshuller’s  books ‘Creativity as an exact science’ and his (introductory) ‘Suddenly the inventor appeared’.

I believe that you are well aware of the work of Miss Ellen Domb (editor) and of her publication of an TRIZ -Journal (in English) as well as of the existence of the Belgian company CREAX (Ieper/Kortrijk). See:

And, as such, of her former director Mr. Simon Dewulf, its (now acting) director of AULIVE in Australia (in particular in ‘NSW’). See: & – and AULIVE | Online Inspiration

I also have learned that you have succesfully integrated the use of TRIZ and of USIT in your new system of CPS, called “CrePS”. (Any further in depth information which you might hold about ‘CrePS’, not stated on your website, will be most appreciated!)

Your website is extensive and I will screen it thoroughly, but, any information of the psyche of humans engaged in the process of (creative) problem solving (CPS) is most welcome. (Altshuller spoke already about ‘inertia’ in (C)PS, if my memory is correct.)

Have a nice day!   Kind regards,
Walter Hermans (An independent researcher (Being a retired high school teacher))

Toru Nakagawa ==>Walter Hermans   on 'softTRIZ' and CrePS     Dec. 28, 2018

Thank you for your message. The people you cited are my good friends for many years. I had email communications with Dr. Savransky in 1999 but I had no chance of meeting him.

Here are some references in my Web site TRIZ Home Page in Japan":

On CrePS/USIT Methodology:
"CrePS (General Methodology of Creative Problem Solving) beyond TRIZ: What, Why, and How?" Toru Nakagawa, TRIZCON2016, New Orleans, Mar. 2-5, 2016 Posted in THPJ on Jun 20, 2016 .

On the application of TRIZ/CrePS to social problems:
Introduction/Summary (Social Problems): "Principal Contradiction of Human Culture and Solution Directions : ‘Liberty vs Love’ and Ethics " Toru Nakagawa, Summary of Papers, Written on Oct. 6, 2018; Posted in "TRIZ Home Page in Japan", on Dec. 13, 2018

Starting with the above 2 articles, you can access to a large number of my papers/articles.
The Entrance page for Students and the General public shows introductions to many articles in the "TRIZ Home Page in Japan" in a well categorized manner.
Hope you find my Web site useful for you to learn TRIZ and its further, up-to-date extentions.
Best wishes, Toru

Walter Hermans ==> Toru Nakagawa   on 'softTRIZ' and CrePS     Dec. 28, 2018

Dear Toru, Thank you very much for your quick and informative reply which is most appreciated! I will read attentively both papers which you have cited. Should I have any further questions coming up regarding your ‘CrePS’, I hope that you will allow me to contact you again on that matter. (So far, I considered the ‘AULIVE-procedure’ as being basic!)

A preliminary remark though which may be based on a mistaken conception of mine about the nature of a TRIZ-contradiction: A TRIZ-contradiction states an ‘OR/OR-relationship’, while a solution to the ‘Love and Liberty’-problem, in my view, should be preferably re/FRAMED into an ‘AND/AND-relationship’, eventually in an ‘AND/OR-relationship’ with (a number of) constraints putting rightfully (a/some) limit(s) and stress(es) on both ‘liberty/ies’ and ‘love’ (or ‘friendship’).

- I will verify if I am wrong on conceptualizing the matter in this way. In addressing societal problems one, in my opinion, often meets an absolutist instead of a relative/relativistic reasoning while trying to solve these problems. Such practical constraints may be partially be found in our human animal(istic) nature -See Evolutionary psychology.- which consists of desires as well as of reasoning/s..

(To be literally correct you state the problem as “ ‘Liberty vs Love’ and Ethics ", which could read out as “ ‘Liberty and/or Love’ and Ethics ”.)

Have a(nother) great day! With the very best wishes, Walter

Toru (Feb. 5, 2019): 

Sorry but I didn't write a reply.  What Walter meant in the above discussion is understandable but applicable to simple cases.  Actually the Principal Contradiction 'Liberty vs Love' is much more complex.  Mainly because it contains contradictions 'Liberty vs Liberty' and 'Love vs. Love' inside 'Liberty vs Love' and also because there are a huge varieties and depth of hierarchical structures of human groups/organizations. 

Once somebody asked me "Which type of technical contradiction or physical contradiction in TRIZ can we understand the 'Liberty vs Love' contradiction ?".  The concept of TRIZ contradictions is very much simple to understand the Principal Contradiciton of Human Culture.


  Update of "TRIZ Home Page in Japan"  Jan. 10, 2019

- Message for the New Year 2019 (Toru Nakagawa)

New Year Card 2019
(Click to enlarge)

near St. Moritz, (Switzerland)

On the day before departure,
swallowing a dragonfly

Adventure for Liberty
A short rest on the ground

- TRIZ Paper: Computational Creativity: Path to Future Civilization (Valeri Tsourikov)
Keynote talk at TRIZfest2014 Conference, Prague, Sept. 5, 2014; Japanese translation by Toru Nakagawa
Dr. Tsourikov started Invention Machine Project in mid 1980s and built the TechOptimizer software, which contributed much to the sensational debut of TRIZ in late 1990s in US, Europe, Japan, etc.   He also developed a 'prototype software which assists inventions'; his thoughts, however, seemed to be too early at that time.   He left IMC in 2001.  After 13 years of interval he presented this Keynote in 2014.  He said: "Artificial Intelligence is surely going to supercede human brains. It is natural and inevitable. AI will supercede much higher pretty soon.  AI techniques will handle not only practical and formalizable jobs (as many people say) but also creative jobs like inventions (in contrary to sayings by many) much better than human brains.   As the results of my research for these 20 years, I have already built such a prototype. "

-  TRIZ News in Japan   : Japan TRIZ Symposium 2019 (Sept. 5 - 6, 2019 in Tokyo); Japan Creativity Society's Annual Conference (Sept.  , 2019, near Kanazawa).

- TRIZ News Outside Japan   : Altshuller Inst. TRIZCON2019 (May 20-22, 2019, Purdue Univ., IN, USA);I-SIM's ICSI 2019 (Jul. 8-11, 2019, in Liverpool, UK); MATRIZ' TRIZfest-2019 (Sept. 11-14, 2019, Heilbronn, Germany); ETRIA TFC2019 (Oct.  9 - 11, 2019, Marrakech, Morocco).


Christopher K. Ahoy (USA) ==> Toru Nakagawa,     Jan. 10, 2019

Greetings Toru: Happy New Year 2019.
Thank you for continuing to include me in your TRIZ information I much appreciate it.

My wife passed away a year in November, 2017. After 14 years of suffering. I was busy caregiving.
Now I am in the hunt for consulting opportunities again since I can travel anywhere in the world to meet my commitments.
Please see my attached information and if you see any opportunities in your area or circle of influence. I would appreciate your forwarding the information for possible engagements.

Please continue to inform me about your TRIZ initiatives as you always do.
Kind regards, Chris 
Christopher K. Ahoy  (Associate Vice President Emeritus, Iowa State University)

  Val Tsourikov (Belarus) ==> Toru Nakagawa     Jan. 11, 2019

Dear Professor Nakagawa, Thank you for translation of my papers into Japanese language.
It's very important for me. I have so many great memories about Japan and people from Japan.

Happy New Year! I wish you all the best in year 2019.
With great respect, Val Tsourikov

Ellen Domb (USA) ==> Toru Nakagawa Jan. 13, 2019

Dear Toru:.  Thank you for your beautiful and thoughtful new year's greetings.  
I wish you and you family a very happy, healthy and creative 2019.

I will continue to be an inactive admirer of your WTSP --.
I have very limited internet access from my boat.  


  Update of "TRIZ Home Page in Japan"  Jan. 13, 2019

- WTSP News:  List of WTSP Members (78 Members from 29 countries) is posted in the (A2) Organization page (Toru Nakagawa) 

- WTSP News:  WTSP Mails and Letters: Jan. -- Mar. 2019  (Editor: Toru Nakagawa (WTSP Project Leader)
This page intends to post various communications related to theWTSP project, e.g., [WTSP] Letters, [WTSP] Communicatios, [WTSP] Q&A, [WTSP] Announcement, etc. 

 [WTSP] Letters (7M): List of WTSP Members, Tasks at moment, and Invitation to WTSP (Toru Nakagawa, Jan. 13, 2019) 


  Alexander Shmonov (Russia) ==>  Toru Nakagawa   'Computer can invent'  Jan. 15, 2019

Hello. By the way, I believe that with the help of the my work which is described on the site , the company "Method" has created a program with which the computer can independently invent  inventions.
More details about this can be found at 

Yours faithfully Shmonov A.


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