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Posted in 2005

 Announcement:  "Updating Nakagawa's Activity Calendar"  (Dec. 21, 2005)

 Supplement:  "Planning Calendar Form for 2006"  (Dec. 21, 2005)

 Paper:  "A New Paradigm for Creative Problem Solving: Six-Box Scheme in USIT without Depending on Analogical Thinking"  (Nov. 30, 2005)

Toru Nakagawa (Osaka Gakuin Univ.), Presented at the 27th Annual Conference of Japan Creativity Society, Held on Oct. 29-30, 2005, at National Center of Sciences, Tokyo.
[This is an extension of my TRIZCON2005 paper .  For creative problem solving, the Four-Box Scheme where the problem is solved at an abstract level has been accepted widely as the basic scheme.  The contents of the scheme, however, are not clearly described in general terms, and the analogical thinking depending on the searched hints is at the core of the scheme.  The author has represented the overall process of USIT in the data-flow diagram, and has obtained a new 'Six-Box Scheme'.  After examining the significance of this scheme, the author has concluded that the scheme provides a new paradigm for creative problem solving without depending on analogical thinking.  A concise paper of 6 pages.  Posted both in HTML and in PDF format (391 KB) .  Slides for presentation are also posted in PDF (39 KB) .]

  Paper: "Problem Solving Methodology for Innovation: TRIZ/USIT.  Its Philosophy, Methods, Knowledge Bases, and Software Tools"  (Nov. 30, 2005)

by Toru Nakagawa (Osaka Gakuin Univ.), Published in "the Journal of Japan Creativity Society", Vol. 8 (2004), pp. 49-66.
[This paper was first presented at First Symposium on Knowledge Creation Support Systems, held on Feb. 27-28, 2004, at JAIST (Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, Hokuriku) near Kanazawa; and was posted in this site in Japanese (Mar. 3, 2004) and in English translation (Aug. 26, 2004). The paper has been published in the Journal with minor revisions.  This paper was given the 'Journal Paper Award of Vol. 8' by the Japan Creativity Society on Oct. 29, 2005.
This paper introduces the whole aspects of TRIZ in a top-down manner on the basis of up-to-date understanding of the methodology.  Explains TRIZ/USIT and its usage in the "Steady Strategy" of introduction. Posted in PDF.]

  On the Seventh Anniversary Day of  "TRIZ Home Page in Japan":  Toru Nakagawa (Nov. 1, 2005)

      This Web site "TRIZ Home Page in Japan" celebrates today its Seventh Anniversary together with readers in Japan and over the world.  This site is to promote the understanding and real usage of TRIZ by openly publishing information and communications related to TRIZ on not-for-profit basis.  Though I have been operating this site as a volunteer, this site is not a personal but a public forum to be composed of the contributions by readers, as you see already.  The Official Pages of the 'Collaborative Board of TRIZ Promoters and Users in Japan' have been posted in this site since last spring, enhancing its public service. It is intended to publish most pages in Japanese and in English in parallel for the purpose of mutual understanding and collaboration between Japanese and overseas TRIZ learners/practitioners.  Readers' contributions either in English or in Japanese are heartily welcome. We wish that "TRIZ Home Page in Japan" continues to help readers understand and apply TRIZ better in their real problems.
       The pages under this directory are the English versions.  Click the hyper-linked keywords or the  buttons.  Pages written in Japanese are accessible by clicking the buttons .

Paper translated: "Analysis and Development Aspects of Laser Optical Disk Systems"    (Oct. 26, 2005)

by Serguei Khrouchtchev (Moscow State Technical University, Russia), Japanese translation by Kou Noguchi (NEC Electronics) and Toru Nakagawa (OGU), Oct. 26, 2005.
[The paper was originally published in the Proceedings of ETRIA World Conference "TRIZ Future 2003" held at Aachen, Germany, on Nov. 12-14, 2003, and was posted in this site in English (Jun. 16, 2004).
Detailed analysis of the technological evolution in the optical systems of Compact Disks and DVDs.  How various contradictions appeared and then solved is described from viewpoints of TRIZ principles. Giving technological background to the author's work on DVD cost reduction at Samsung.]

Conference Documents: "Opening Address and Abstracts of Proceedings of 'the First TRIZ Symposium in Japan'" [posted in Official Page of Japan TRIZ CB] (Oct. 26, 2005)

Toshihiro Hayashi (President of Japan TRIZ CB, Hitachi), Presented at the First TRIZ Symposium in Japan, on Sept. 1, 2005, at Laforet Shuzenji.
[Slides of the Opening Address are posted in HTML. A set of one-page descriptions for all the presentations in the Proceedings is posted in PDF, containing the title, author(s), affiliation, abstracts, and extended abstracts.]

Introductory/Series : "TRIZ Up-to-Date (Part 6, Final) Practice of Simplified TRIZ by Use of USIT" (Oct. 26, 2005)

Toru Nakagawa (Osaka Gakuin Univ.), "Nikkei Monozukuri" (Nikkei BP), Aug. 2005, pp. 124-127.
[Final Part of the series of introductory articles published in the monthly Journal, "Manufacturing" published by Nikkei BP. Practical use of USIT is explained, on the basis of the overall structure and procedure explained in the last issue.  Practices of USIT training and usage of USIT along the process of problem solving are described.]

Research Note : "Study of Patents with TRIZ: 'Production of Auxetic Fibers: Artificial Fibers which become broader if extended' (US Patent 6,878, 320) " (Oct. 26, 2005) (Slides: Dec. 21, 2005)

Toru Nakagawa (Osaka Gakuin Univ.), Jul. 6, 2005 (Insertion on Sept. 12, 2005)
[Written as a sample of description for the Collaborative Study of Patents with TRIZ. 'Auxenticity' represents a peculiar property as expressed in the title (having a negative Poisson ratio).  While bulk-form auxetic materials were known, this US patent by Kim Alderson et al. has produced auxetic fibers for the first time.  With a trigger of introduction by Darrell Mann, I have studied the patent and analyzed it with TRIZ.]
[Slides presented at IM Users Symposium (2005 Lake Biwa) on Dec. 2, 2005 are posted as well in PDF (Dec. 21, 2005).]

Forum: Proposal: "'Study of Patents with TRIZ and Study of TRIZ with Patents': A Proposal and Introduction to the Collaborative Study Project at MRI's Knowledge Creation Study Group" (Oct. 26, 2005) (Slides: Dec. 21, 2005)

Toru Nakagawa (Osaka Gakuin Univ.), Sept. 11, 2005
[This is an introduction to my proposal of the Collaborative Study Project among the TRIZ users in the users' Study Group organized by MRI.  This proposed to study selected patents closely with TRIZ viewpoints, and thus simultaneously to study the usage of TRIZ with these patents. A collection of 6 short documents on the proposal, ways of study/analysis, and ways of documentation.]
[Slides presented at IM Users Symposium (2005 Lake Biwa) held by MRI on Dec. 2, 2005 are posted as well in PDF (Dec. 21, 2005).]

Forum: Conference Report: "Personal Report of the First TRIZ Symposium in Japan (Held by Japan TRIZ CB, on Sept. 1-3, 2005, at Shuzenji, Izu)" (Oct. 12, 2005)

Toru Nakagawa (Osaka Gakuin Univ.), Oct. 9, 2005
[The background of the TRIZ Symposium is described to introduce you to the current situations of TRIZ in Japan. All the presentations are briefly reviewed in the categories of Keynotes, Vendor presentations, TRIZ promotion, Methods of application, Case studies, and Closing Discussions. You can get the overview of TRIZ in Japan from the presentations by the original authors. Written in detail in English.]

  Research Note:  "Software Engineering and TRIZ (3)  The Jackson Method Reviewed with TRIZ"  (Oct. 12, 2005)

Toru Nakagawa (Osaka Gakuin Univ.), Jan. 6, 2005
[Third of a series of research which aims to review principal issues in software engineering with TRIZ views, to feedback the knowledge in software engineering to TRIZ, and thus to form a basis for applying TRIZ to software related problems. The Jackson Method (or Jackson Structured Programming, JSP) is reviewed here.]

Keynote (2) of First TRIZ Symposium in Japan: "TRIZ Critical SWOT: Systematic Innovation Today and Tomorrow" (Sept. 20, 2005)

Darrell Mann (Systematic Innovation Ltd. UK), Keynote Speech (2) presented at the First TRIZ Symposium in Japan, held by 'Japan TRIZ CB' on Sept. 1-3, 2005, at Laforet Shuzenji, Izu.
[TRIZ is approaching a critical point in its history, either becoming widely adapted in the world or shrinking into cult-like obscurity. Thus, in this presentation, the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats of TRIZ are examined. The biggest threats for TRIZ is that the people who follow the tradition of TRIZ would not help make TRIZ adaptable to the world. The isolation of TRIZ from academia and from policy making must be overcome. On the other hand, many big (technical) problems for the human kind are waiting to be solved; these are the big opportunities for TRIZ.]

Keynote (1) of First TRIZ Symposium in Japan: "A New Generation of TRIZ" (Sept. 20, 2005)

Toru Nakagawa (Osaka Gakuin Univ.), Keynote Speech (1) presented at the First TRIZ Symposium in Japan, held by 'Japan TRIZ CB' on Sept. 1-3, 2005, at Laforet Shuzenji, Izu.
[Along the progress in penetration and understanding of TRIZ, it has become clear that the confusing situation of TRIZ overall procedure and the missing in establishing the overall structure of TRIZ are the root causes for the obscurity in TRIZ for novices. It is necessary to extract the essences of TRIZ, unify and integrate them, and re-structure them in a way easy to understand and effective to apply. This is the process for creating a new generation of TRIZ. The present author believes that USIT has been developed towards this goal. In particular, the Six-Box Scheme in USIT provides a new paradigm for creative problem solving.]

Report : "The 'First TRIZ Symposium in Japan' Was Held with 104 Participants. Program and Presentations Will Be Posted Here."  (Official Page of Japan TRIZ CB)   (Sept. 20, 2005)

Top page of Report of the Symposium; Outline of the Symposium; Outline of Agenda ; Program and Abstracts (Sept. 20, 2005). Photo inserted (Oct. 12, 2005)
[The First TRIZ Symposium in Japan was held by 'Japan TRIZ CB' on Sept. 1-3, 2005, at a resort training facility, Laforet Shuzenji, Izu. Participants from all over Japan (100) and from overseas (4) took part actively in presentations, discussions, and informal communication, etc., in intimate and eager atmosphere.
Presentations in the Symposium will be posted here from now on (scheduling undetermined).
[Note (Dec. 21, 2005): Posting the details of the presentations in the official pages has been finished.]

[Note (Sept. 20, 2005): Pages in the Japan TRIZ CB's Official Page have been restructured. If any link is broken, please enter the top page of the Official Page . ]

Introductory/Series : "TRIZ Up-to-Date (Part 5) Overall Process of Problem Solving in TRIZ/USIT" (Aug. 28, 2005)

Toru Nakagawa (Osaka Gakuin Univ.), "Nikkei Monozukuri" (Nikkei BP), Jul. 2005, pp. 100-103.
[Part 5 of the series of introductory articles published in the monthly Journal, "Manufacturing" published by Nikkei BP. The reason for rather slow penetration of TRIZ is attributable to the fact that TRIZ, having so many individual tools, has not well established the overall process of problem solving and more deeply to the fact that it has not established the overall structure (representable in data flow diagrams) of problem solving. USIT established a clear overall structure and a clear overall procedure. The Six-Box Scheme in USIT provides a new paradigm for creative problem solving. ]

Introductory in ET theory: "Improving Information Quality with the 'ce Dictionary Method'" (July 29, 2005)

Takeo Haruyama, "Kogyo Keiei Kenkyu" (Journal of Association for Industrial Management Study), Vol. 15, pp. 24-27 (Sept., 2001)
[Introduction to a method at the core of "Equivalent Transformation Theory", which was established by the late Professor Kikuya Ichikawa. In this method, a case is first obtained as a hint for solving the problem, and its essence is abstracted in the verbal form of 'to perform some function onto something with some means', then a solution is constructed around the abstract idea. The author used to work for SHARP Co. and led the development of liquid crystal palm calculators, etc.]

Introductory/Series : "TRIZ Up-to-Date (Part 4) The Essence of TRIZ Ways of Thinking"    (Jul. 29, 2005)

Toru Nakagawa (Osaka Gakuin Univ.), "Nikkei Monozukuri" (Nikkei BP), Jun. 2005, pp. 122-125.
[Part 4 of the series of introductory articles published in the monthly Journal, "Manufacturing" published by Nikkei BP. The 'Essence of TRIZ in 50 Words' is shown first and then typical TRIZ ways of thinking are illustrated with short examples. They include: to think about the system and its evolution (by using 9-windows method and the Trends of Evolution), to make an image of an ideal solution first (by using the Smart Little People's Modeling), to resolve contradictions (with the example of a water-saving toilet system which was obtained by solving a physical contradiction with the Separation Principle).]

Announcement : "Nakagawa's Activity Calendar has been updated"    (Jul. 20; Jul. 29, 2005)

[Sept. 14-15, 2005: Open Seminar of USIT 2-Day Training (Instructor: Toru Nakagawa), in Osaka.
Sept. 28-29, 2005: Open Seminar of USIT 2-Day Training (Instructor: Toru Nakagawa), in Tokyo.]

Introductory/Guide: "Practices of USIT 2-Day Training Seminars (For Wider Penetration of Easy-to-Learn TRIZ" (Jul. 20, 2005)(Photos added, Jul. 29, 2005)

Toru Nakagawa (Osaka Gakuin Univ.), Jul. 19, 2005.
[The USIT 2-Day (or 3-Day) Training Seminars have been carried out by the present author 20 times so far. Practices and principles of the training are described here in detail. 15 to 25 engineers (may mostly be novices of TRIZ/USIT) take part in the training and try to solve three real problems in group practices by following the USIT procedure. In addition to in-house training in industries, the training has been re-started in an open way with the participation of people coming from multiple companies. Some practical and easy-yet-effective ways of applying USIT are described for the seminar graduates.]

Introductory/Series : "TRIZ Up-to-Date (Part 3) Refreshing the TRIZ Knowledge Bases and Systematic Innovation "    (Jul. 20, 2005)

Toru Nakagawa (Osaka Gakuin Univ.), "Nikkei Monozukuri" (Nikkei BP), May 2005, pp. 120-123.
[Since year 2000, Darrell Mann and CREAX started a big research project of analyzing all the US Patents granted from 1985 up to the resent. With the results of the project, they have thoroughly refreshed the TRIZ knowledge bases, rebuilt a new edition of Contradiction Matrix, and established the methodology named 'Systematic Innovation' by integrating TRIZ with various creativity studies in the Western countries.]

Introductory/Series : "Series 'Aha! on the Methods': TRIZ Up-to-Date"    (Jul. 20, 2005)

Toru Nakagawa (Osaka Gakuin Univ.), "Nikkei Monozukuri" (Nikkei BP), May through August. 2005.
[A new series of introductory article on TRIZ has been published in the monthly journal, "Manufacturing". Mr. Tsukasa Shinohara, Nikkei BP Consulting Co., wrote Parts 1 and 2, and then Nakagawa is going to write Parts 3 through 6. Nakagawa's parts of the series will be posted here from now on.]

Announcement: "Update of the Program of the 'First TRIZ Symposium in Japan'. Call for Participation. "  (Official Page of Japan TRIZ CB)   (Jul. 20, 2005)

Updated: Call for Participation (PDF) ; Outline of Agenda (PDF) ; Program and Abstracts (PDF)

Introductory/Proposal: "Viewing MOT from the Standpoint of Development & Design Engineers: Management of Development Process Based on Technology"  (Jul. 20, 2005)

Toshihiro Hayashi (Hitachi Co., Ltd.), "Management Systems" (Journal of Japan Management Engineering Society), Vol. 14, No. 1, pp. (Apr. 2004).
[It is not MOT (Management of Technology) but 'Management of Development Process Based on Technology' (MOT) that is necessary for manufacturing industries in Japan, the author advocates. The author proposes to develop a wider-scoped methodology for development and design, including the scope of TRIZ.]

Request: "To Do List for TRIZ -- Request of Voluntary Collaborators"    (Jul. 20, 2005)

[We would like to have collaborators who volunteer to do the work such as: Japanese translation of several papers presented at TRIZCON2005, Japanese translation of Larry Ball's TRIZ Course Materials, and updating several pages of this Web site, etc.]

Introductory: "Introduction to the TRIZ/USIT Methodology for Creative Problem Solving"  (Jun. 22, 2005)

Toru Nakagawa (Osaka Gakuin Univ.), "Value Engineering" (Magazine of Japan VE Association), No. 228 (May 2005), pp. 31-36.
[An introduction to the up-to-date TRIZ methodology. This article describes the essence of TRIZ philosophy, TRIZ knowledge bases (especially in its modernized form), and TRIZ ways of thinking and thinking tools, towards readers novice to TRIZ. This gives an overview of TRIZ, especially on its structure and characteristic features. This serves as a new first page of 'Introduction to TRIZ' in this Web site.]

Announcement : "Nakagawa's Activity Calendar has been updated"   (Jun. 22, 2005)

[Jun. 24, 2005: TRIZ & USIT Basic Seminar in Okayama, Held by Sanyo Technology Promotion Association, at Kurashiki Chamber of Commerce and Industry, (Instructors: Mamoru Zenko and Toru Nakagawa).
Jul. 22, 2005: TRIZ & USIT Basic Seminar in Nagano, Held by Planar Co., at Okaya Techno Plaza, (Instructor: Toru Nakagawa).

Sept. 1 - 3, 2005: The First TRIZ Symposium in Japan, Held by Japan TRIZ CB, at Laforet Shuzenji, Izu; Keynote Speeches by Toru Nakagawa and Darrell Mann, and about 20 presentations by promoters and users of TRIZ.]

News in Japan: Call for Participation: "The First TRIZ Symposium in Japan" to be held on Sept. 1-3, 2005.(Jun. 9, 2005)  (in English:  June. 16, 2005)

Official Announcement of Japan TRIZ CB.
Toru Nakagawa (Osaka Gakuin Univ.) as Program Chairperson of the Symposium.

Outline of the Symposium , Outline of Agenda ; Program and Abstracts (PDF), Call for Participation ; Call for Participation (PDF)

[The Agenda and the Abstracts have been announced. Keynote speakers are Toru Nakagawa and Darrell Mann. 15 oral presentations (40 minutes each) (3 form overseas) and a poster session. This will be the principal TRIZ event in Japan in 2005 with about 100 participants expected.]

  Personal Report of TRIZCON2005: The 7th Annual Altshuller Institute for TRIZ Studies Conference (Apr. 17-19, 2005, near Detroit, MI, USA) (Posted on Jun. 16, 2005)
         by Toru Nakagawa, Osaka Gakuin University, May 31, 2005
          [A personal report reviewing important presentations/papers. Several interesting case studies of technical TRIZ application, combining TRIZ with Lean Engineering philosophy, and importance of promoting TRIZ in non-technical divisions and top executives in (even manufacturing) businesses. Detailed in English and brief summary only in Japanese.] 


Paper: "Overall Dataflow Structure for Creative Problem Solving in TRIZ/USIT" (Mar. 24, 2005) (Jun. 16, 2005)
         Toru Nakagawa (Osaka Gakuin Univ.), Presentation at TRIZCON2005, held near Detroit, on Apr. 17-19, 2005.
       [The overall structure, in addition to the overall procedure, has been examined both in TRIZ and in USIT. Instead of the ordinary four-box scheme with analogical thinking in problem solving, a six-box scheme is demonstrated in USIT for logical and yet creative thinking.  TRIZ has already been reorganized and unified into USIT. ]

Paper: "Software Engineering and TRIZ (1) Structured Programming Reviewed with TRIZ" (Jun. 16, 2005) (Brief introduction only in Japanese, Jun. 16, 2005)
         Toru Nakagawa (Osaka Gakuin Univ.);  Proceedings of TRIZCON2005, held near Detroit, on Apr. 17-19, 2005.
       [The first report of a research having three folded purposes. As one of major topics in software engineering, Structured Programming has been reviewed with TRIZ. Especially, the Goto-less dispute is reviewed with the TRIZ concept of contradiction. Various TRIZ principles are found applicable to software engineering, but it has been noticed that a number of principles in computer science should be introduced into TRIZ to extend it further.]

  Publication:  "Matrix 2003" by Darrell Mann, Simon Dewulf, Boris Zlotin, and Alla Zusman -- Publication Announcement of the Japanese Edition and Q&A Documents for the English Edition.
         by Toru Nakagawa (Osaka Gakuin Univ.)      (Apr. 5, 2005) 

Japanese Edition:  Translator:  Toru Nakagawa,
Publisher:  Sozo Kaihatsu Initiative, Tokyo,;  Published on Apr. 15, 2005
ISBN:  4-902716-01-1,  Soft cover, B5 size, 92 + v pages  +  1 sheet,  Price: 2400 yen
[Introduction to the Japanese Edition,  Author's Preface, Nakagawa's Preface for the Japanese Edition
Q&A Documents on the English Edition  [PDF]  (1)  Nakagawa's Comments   (2) Mann' s Responses   (3) Errata  in Matrix data  (4)  Zlotin & Zusman's Remarks

[The data book of "Matrix 2003" has been highly evaluated by Japanese users.  The Japanese Edition  contains a number of editorial  improvement for users' convenience.  The Q&A documents should be useful for readers of the English version. ]


Research Note: "Our Contributions to "Matrix 2003"",  (Mar. 24, 2005)
         Boris Zlotin and Alla Zusman (Ideation International Inc.), Jan. 12, 2005, Contribution received;  Japanese translation by T. Nakagawa.
       [The two TRIZ Masters remark their decades long research approach to improve the Contradiction Matrix. Gives light to the role of Matrix 2003 for solving somewhat confusing situations in TRIZ.]

Paper: "Comparing the Classical and New Contradiction Matrix - Part 2 - Zooming In"    (Apr. 5, 2005)
        by Darrell Mann (CREAX), TRIZ Journal, Jul. 2004.  (Japanese translation by Toru Nakagawa, Jul. 30, 2004)
        [Examined the effectiveness of the two versions of Contradiction Matrix carefully in a verifiable way.  For 100 US Patents granted after the publication of "Matrix 2003", the New Matrix has recommended 96%, while the Classical one has recommended 27 % of the Inventive Principles which were used by the original inventors.]

News in Japan:  Announcement of the Start of "Collaborative Board of TRIZ Promoters and Users in Japan"  (T. Hayashi) (Mar. 24, 2005) (in English:  Apr. 5, 2005)
       Toshihiro Hayashi (HItachi Co.) as the Chairperson of the Japan TRIZ CB.
      [Start of the "Collaborative Board" (or "Japan TRIZ CB") is announced.  Organization, members, aims, plans, etc.]

News in Japan: Call for Papers: "First TRIZ Symposium in Japan" to be held in Sept. 1-3,  2005.(Mar. 18, 2005)  (in English:  Apr. 5, 2005)
          Official Announcement of Japan TRIZ CB.
          Toru Nakagawa (Osaka Gakuin Univ.) as Program Chairperson of the Symposium.
         [This will be the principal TRIZ event in Japan in 2005 with about 100 participants expected.  For the contribution, "Title, Authors, Abstract (ca 100 word), + extended abstract & Author profile  (in one page)" should be submitted by May 13.  Official language is Japanese and English.  CFP in English will come up in two weeks.]

Paper: "Overall Dataflow Structure for Creative Problem Solving in TRIZ/USIT"(Mar. 24, 2005)
         Toru Nakagawa (Osaka Gakuin Univ.), Mar. 20, 2005;  Submitted for presentation at TRIZCON2005, to be held near Detroit, on Apr. 17-19, 2005.
       [Japanese translation of the paper to be presented at TRIZCON2005.  Instead of the four-box scheme with analogical thinking in problem solving, a six-box scheme is demonstrated in USIT for logical and yet creative thinking.  TRIZ has already been reorganized and unified into USIT. ]

Introductory:  "Introduction  to TRIZ Software Tools and Their Usage"   (Mar. 24, 2005)
         Shigeru Kasuya (Fuji Xerox Co.),  Mar. 18, 2005;  Excerpt of Kasuya's Lecture given at  a seminar on Feb. 8, 2005. 
       [Brief introduction to TechOptimizer and Goldfire Innovator (IMC), Innovation WorkBench (III), and Innovation Suite (CREAX). ]

News in Japan:  Announcement of the Start of "Collaborative Board of TRIZ Promoters and Users in Japan"  (T. Hayashi) (Mar. 24, 2005) (in English:  Apr. 5, 2005)
       Toshihiro Hayashi (HItachi Co.) as the Chairperson of the Japan TRIZ CB.
      [Start of the "Collaborative Board" (or "Japan TRIZ CB") is announced.  Organization, members, aims, plans, etc.]

News in Japan: Call for Papers: "First TRIZ Symposium in Japan" to be held in Sept. 1-3,  2005.(Mar. 18, 2005)  (in English:  Apr. 5, 2005)
          Official Announcement of Japan TRIZ CB.
          Toru Nakagawa (Osaka Gakuin Univ.) as Program Chairperson of the Symposium.
          Details:  Call for Papers (PDF)  (Apr. 5, 2005)  Sample format for submission (PDF)   (Apr. 5, 2005) 
         [This will be the principal TRIZ event in Japan in 2005 with about 100 participants expected.  For the contribution, "Title, Authors, Abstract (ca 100 word), + extended abstract & Author profile  (in one page)" should be submitted by May 13.  Official language is Japanese and English.]

Case Study: "Introducing USIT in Matsushita Electric Works" (Mar. 18, 2005)
       Kouji Tsuji and Jiro Hashizume (Matsushita Electric Works),  Presented at the "TRIZ/USIT  Seminar for Industrial Practice", held by Technical Information Institute, in Tokyo, on Feb. 24-25, 2005.
      [Started to introduce USIT in Dec. 2003, held 2-day on-site USIT training seminars three times, for solving real problems in the fields related to mechanics, software systems, and materials.  Planning to promote USIT further. ]

Lecture slides :  "Creative Problem Solving in USIT, Simple and Effective", (Mar. 18, 2005)
       Toru Nakagawa (Osaka Gakuin Univ.), Presented at the "TRIZ/USIT  Seminar for Industrial Practice", held by Technical Information Institute, in Tokyo, on Feb. 24-25, 2005.
      [49 slides of the 2-hr lecture given at the seminar on Feb. 24-25, 2005.  Introduction to the whole procedure of USIT and its philosophy. Also explains the implications of the Six-Box Scheme in USIT expressed in the dataflow model. ]

Lecture slides :  "Up-to-Date Understanding and Application of TRIZ" (Mar. 18, 2005)
           Toru Nakagawa (Osaka Gakuin Univ.), Presented at the "TRIZ/USIT  Seminar for Industrial Practice", held by Technical Information Institute, in Tokyo, on Feb. 24-25, 2005.
      [50 slides of the 2-hr lecture given at the seminar.  Introduction to the whole aspects of TRIZ in its modernized version, especially based on Darrell Mann's work. ]

  Seminar Report : " Report of "TRIZ/USIT Seminar for Industrial Practice" Held by Technical Information Institute, in Tokyo, on Feb. 24-25, 2005", (Mar. 18, 2005)
          Reported by Toru Nakagawa (Osaka Gakuin Univ.),  Mar. 13, 2005
          [A two-day public seminar coordinated by T. Nakagawa and held by a training firm.  2 lectures were given by Nakagawa, 6 presentations were given by 5 Japanese industries (Hitachi, JR-East, Fuji Photo Film, NISSAN Motors, and Matsushita Electric Works) and by Prof. Kyeong-Won Lee (Korea). ]

  TRIZ News in Japan:  " "Collaborative Board of TRIZ Promoters and Users in Japan" has been set up and is preparing for holding "First TRIZ Symposium in Japan" in coming September, 2005.", (Feb 7, 2005) (Feb. 23, 2005)
         Reported by Toru Nakagawa (Osaka Gakuin Univ.),
           [The "Collaborative Board" has been formed in Japan by major players and members of TRIZ vendors, promoters, industrial users, and academia, as a result of one-year preparatory meetings.  Dr. Toshihiro Hayashi (Hitachi Co.) serves as its chairperson.  It will hold "First TRIZ Symposium" at Shuzenji on Sept. 1-3, 2005.  It also intends to establish the (tentatively called) "Japan TRIZ Association" in a year or so.  (See some TRIZ News in Japan in the back numbers translated into English.)]

  Case Study:  "Practicing TRIZ: from the activities at Panasonic Communications Co.", (Feb 7, 2005)
         by Narumi Nagase (Panasonic Communications Co.),  Jan. 31, 2005; Presented at  Knowledge Creation Symposium (Shuzenji 2004), held at Laforet Shuzenji, Izu, on Sept. 8-10, 2004.
           [Six essentials in practicing TRIZ: Clearly defined target; in-house group capable to discuss on TRIZ seriously; struggling with real problems; producing our own successful cases; improving the methodology further and further; strong mind not to give up.  An impressive presentation by the young leader of the in-house TRIZ promotion group.]

  Research Note:  "Software Engineering and TRIZ (2)  Step-wise Refinement Reviewed with TRIZ"  (Feb. 7, 2005)
       by Toru Nakagawa (Osaka Gakuin Univ.), Jan. 5, 2005
       [Second of a series of research having 3-folded purposes: to extend TRIZ application to the field related to software engineering/science, to clarify topics of software engineering with the TRIZ views, and to feed the principles/knowledge in software engineering more into TRIZ.  Reviewing the method of step-wise refinement in software development, a case of a failure in the sense of software engineers is found to be a correct refinement in "Another dimension" in the sense of TRIZ.  The concept of Step-wise Refinement should be introduced with more stress into TRIZ and ordinary 'hardware' technologies. ]


New Information Posted in 2004

  Announcement:  Nakagawa's USIT Seminars (in Japan)  (Dec. 14, 2004)
           [Announcements of one-day USIT Lecture, two-day  seminar on TRIZ and USIT by Nakagawa and 6 industrial presentations, halfday UIST introductory, and two-day USIT training course challenging 3 real industrial problems.  In Feb. and March in Japan, in Japanese.]

  Conference participation report:  "Personal Report of ETRIA World Conference: 'TRIZ Future 2004' (Held at Florence, Italy, on Nov. 3-5, 2004) (Dec. 14, 2004) (Dec. 14, 2004)
         by Toru Nakagawa (Osaka Gakuin Univ.), Dec. 12, 2004.
         [125 participants.  Personal report with reviewing all the keynote speeches and presentations in some  detail.  The strength of Europe in TRIZ promotion is in its cooperative work among universities, consulting firms and user industries.  Trials to adapt TRIZ to propagate into smaller firms as well as big industries.]

  communication:  "Practice and Application on TRIZ in China"   (Nov. 16, 2004) 
         by Zhao Xinjun (Northeastern Univ., P.R. China), Nov. 3, 2004
         [TRIZ has been introduced into China since 1998, and currently has about 10 research groups.  TRIZ activites in China are currently focused on the development of Chinese editions of TRIZ software tools, training/education of engineers/students, and trials of applying TRIZ in to industrial problems.  4 pages in PDF.]

  Conference paper:  "Differential Research of Patents and Inventions from Known Technologies", (Nov. 16, 2004)
          by Hiroshi Ueda (Sozo Kaihatsu Initiative, Japan), Presented at the 26th Conference of Japan Creativity Society, held at Tokyo University of Technology, Hachiouji, on Oct. 15-16, 2004.
           [While generating ideas of invention and preparing them for filing patents, it is recommended to build functional models of known technology and new inventions to examine their differences.]

  Presentation:  "Enhancing Intellectual Properties by use of TRIZ", (Nov. 16, 2004)
          by Hiroshi Ueda (Sozo Kaihatsu Initiative, Japan), Presented at Systematic Innovation Forum for Celebrating the Publication of the Japanese  Edition of Darrell Mann's "Hands-On Systematic Innovation", in Kyoto on Sept. 6, 2004 and  in Tokyo on Sept. 7, 2004.
           [Discusses the usage of TRIZ for utilizing and enhancing intellectual properties.  Retrieval and anlysis of existing patents, using them as triggers, evaluation and enhancement of new inventions, etc.  28 slides in PDF.]

  On the Sixth Anniversary Day of  "TRIZ Home Page in Japan":  Toru Nakagawa (Nov. 1, 2004)

      This Web site "TRIZ Home Page in Japan" celebrates today its Sixth Anniversary together with readers in Japan and over the world.  This site is to promote the understanding and real usage of TRIZ by openly publishing information and communications related to TRIZ on not-for-profit basis.  Though I have been operating this site as a volunteer, this site is not a personal but a public forum to be composed of the contributions by readers, as you see already.  It is intended to publish most pages in Japanese and in English in parallel for the purpose of mutual understanding and collaboration between Japanese and overseas TRIZ learners/practitioners.  Readers' contributions either in English or in Japanese are heartily welcome. We wish that "TRIZ Home Page in Japan" continues to help readers understand and apply TRIZ better in their real problems.

  Paper:  "USIT Operators for Solution Generation in TRIZ: Clearer Guide to Solution Paths (Oct. 18, 2004)  (Nov. 16, 2004)
         by Toru Nakagawa (Osaka Gakuin Univ.), Paper presented at ETRIA "TRIZ Future 2004" Conference, to  be held at Florence, Italy, on Nov. 5-7, 2004 (Proceedings pp. 347-368);  Japanese translation by Toru Nakagawa on Oct. 17, 2004
         [In place of the 4-box scheme of probelm solving in TRIZ (and in science/technology in general), a 6-box model is demonstrated to represent the USIT problem solving procedure.  USIT Operators are the key to this logical procedure of creative problem solving.]

  eBook:  "USIT (Unified Structured Inventive Thinking): An Overview", (Oct. 18, 2004)
          by Ed Sickafus (Ntelleck, USA), written in Oct. 2001 and posted in the USIT Web site (http://www.u-sit.net/), in Feb. 2003;  Japanese translation by Keishi Kawamo (Sibaura Inst. of Tech.), Shigeomi Koshimizu (Shizuoka Science and Technology Univ.), and Toru Nakagawa (Osaka Gakuin Univ.), on Oct. 17, 2004
           [A concise textbook of USIT written by the original developer and distributed free in an eBook.  Overview of USIT, especially in its philosophy and procedual steps of applying it.  43 pages in PDF format. ]

  Lecture slides:  "Hands-On Systematic Innovation:  Evolving the World's Most Powerful Creativity & Innovation Processes"  (Oct. 7, 2004)   (Oct. 18, 2004)
          by Darrell Mann  (CREAX, UK), Lecture given at Systematic Innovation Forum for Celebrating the Publication of the Japanese  Edition of Darrell Mann's "Hands-On Systematic Innovation", in Kyoto on Sept. 6, 2004 and  in Tokyo on Sept. 7, 2004.
             [Lecture given in Kyoto and Tokyo at the Forum for celebrating the publication of the Japanese Edition of HOSI textbook.  GIves a vidid overview of his textbook and current activities, in the scope of  "Systematic Innovation"  much wider than traditional TRIZ.   103 slides in PDF.]

  Presentation slides:  "Software Engineering and TRIZ (1)  Structured Programming Reviewed with TRIZ"  (Sept. 22, 2004)
         by Toru Nakagawa (Osaka Gakuin Univ.), Presented at MRI's Users Study Group Meeting (Knowledge Creation Study Group, Creativity Techniques Section), on Sept. 17, 2004, in Tokyo
          [Presentation of the Research Note posted on Aug. 26, 2004.  66 slides in PDF.]

  Introductory:  "Big and Deep TRIZ:  How can we learn it easily and apply it smoothly?" (Sept. 22, 2004)
        by Toru Nakagawa (Osaka Gakuin Univ.), Invited talk at Mitsubishi Research Institute's Knowledge Creation Symplsium (Shuzenji 2004), held on Sept. 8-10, 2004, at Laforet Shuzenji, Izu.
         [Has given an overview of current understanding of TRIZ, the question shown in the title is posed.  Its solution is to extract the essence of TRIZ and reorganize it.  USIT is such a solution.  USIT has become clear and effective more and more, and is now easy to learn and smooth to apply.] 

  Talk slides: "Introduction to Darrell Mann's 'Hands-On Systematic Innovation' " (Sept. 22, 2004)
        by Toru Nakagawa (Osaka Gakuin Univ.), talk at Systematic Innovation Forum for Celebrating the Publication of the Japanese  Edition of Darrell Mann's "Hands-On Systematic Innovation", in Kyoto on Sept. 6, 2004 and  in Tokyo on Sept. 7, 2004.
          [Intorduction to Mann's HOSI textbook, with high recommendation, points of improvement in the Japanese Edition, background knowledge, etc.  Also advised to learn simplyfied TRIZ together with this comprehensive textbook.]

Research Note:  "Software Engineering and TRIZ (1)  Structured Programming Reviewed with TRIZ"  (Aug. 26, 2004)
       by Toru Nakagawa (Osaka Gakuin Univ.), Aug. 7, 2004
       [Start of a series of research having 3-folded purposes: to extend TRIZ appliccation to the field related to software engineering/science, to clarify topics of software engineering with the TRIZ views, and to feed the principles/knowledge in software engineering more into TRIZ.  First the concepts of Structured Programming have been re-examined with TRIZ.  When we see the historical dispute on the "goto-less" issue from the TRIZ' viewpoint of contradictions, we have found it not correct to teach "the Structured Programming is a proposal to use only three basic control constructs and no gotos, and it is a compromise with practice to add four more constructs". ]

  paper:  "Practices of Applying TRIZ/USIT in Japan" (May 13, 2004)  (Aug. 26, 2004)
      by Toru Nakagawa (Osaka Gakuin Univ.), presented at TRIZCON2004 held at Seattle, USA, on Apr. 25-27, 2004.   (Japanese translation of the preface and abstract only on May 13, 2004; full Japanese translation by Toru Nakagawa, Aug. 26, 2004)
        [For introducing TRIZ into industries, the current "Steady Strategy" in Japan is described.  We use USIT as a simple, unified, and effective TRIZ process.  Activities in a number of Japanese industries are described.]

  Paper/Introduction: "Problem Solving Methodology for Innovation: TRIZ/USIT.  Its Philosophy, Methods, Knowledge Bases, and Software Tools"    (Mar. 3, 2004) ; (Aug. 26, 2004)
        by Toru Nakagawa (Osaka Gakuin Univ.), presented at First Symposium on Knowledge Creation Support Systems, held on Feb. 27-28, 2004, at JAIST (Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, Hokuriku) near Kanazawa.; English translation by Toru Nakagawa on Aug. 14, 2004.
        [Introduced the whole aspects of TRIZ in a top-down manner on the basis of up-to-date understanding of the methodology.  Explained TRIZ/USIT and its usage in the "Steady Strategy" of introduction.  This is the up-to-date Introduction to TRIZ in this Site.]

  Communication:  "USIT News Letter (No. 7-10) and Mini Lecture by Ed Sickafus  , (Jul. 13, 2004)
         by Ed Sickafus (Ntelleck, USA), (No. 7) Jan. 5, 2004, (No. 8) Jan. 12, (No. 9) Jan. 19, (no. 10) Jan. 26, 2004; Japanese translation by Hideaki Kosha (Fuji Photo Film, Japan) and Toru Nakagawa (OGU), Feb. 5 to Jul. 8, 2004
          [News Letter from Dr. Ed Sickafus, the developer of USIT.  In the Mini Lecture, he shows USIT ways of Functional Analysis and Attribute Analysis with an exampe problem 'Messy newsprint'.]
           News Letter No. 7, Jan. 5, 2004.  Mini Lecture 7:  Problem Analysis in USIT - Colsed World Diagram 
            News Letter No. 8, Jan. 12, 2004,  Mini Lecture 8:  Problem Analysis - Quality Change Graph
            News Letter No. 9, Jan. 19, 2004,  Mini Lecture 9:  Quality Change Graph  (continued) 
            News Letter No. 10, Jan. 26, 2004,  Mini Lecture 10:  Quality Change Graph (completed) 

   Introductory:  "Innovative Thinking Process with TRIZ:  How to Develope High-Quality Products Rapidly with Less Costs and for More Profits".
          by Mamoru Zenko (IDEA, Ltd., Japan), Manuscript accepted on June 21, 2004.  (Posted: Jul.  13, 2004)
            [The author has a lot of experiences of consulting industries in TRIZ, and is posting his persuasive and energetic presentation of 118 slid-- Introductory:  Innovative Thinking Process with TRIZ:  How to Develope High-Quality Products Rapidly with Less Costs and  for More Profitses, for recommending TRIZ way of thinkig to industries.]

  Note:   "Know-hows of Translation and DTP Publishing -- Experiences of Translating Mann's Textbook."
           by Toru Nakagawa (Osaka Gakuin Univ.)   
  (June. 30, 2004)
           [Guidelines for translation and DTP, How to translate from English to Japanese with examples,
            Editing,  Remote information sharing,  Constructing the Index.]

  Publication:  "Darrell Mann's "Hands-On Systematic Innovation" -- Publication Announcement of the Japanes Edition and Q&A Documents for the English Edition. "
         by Toru Nakagawa (Osaka Gakuin Univ.)      (Jun. 30, 2004) 
         Supervising Translator:  Toru Nakagawa;  Translators:  Knowledge Creation Study Group,
         Publisher:  Sozo Kaihatsu Initiative, Tokyo,;  Published on Jun. 30, 2004
         ISBN:  4-902716-00-3,  Soft cover, B5 size, 464 + xiv pages  +  1 sheet,  Price: 9000 yen
          [Introduction to the Japanese Edition,  Author's Preface to the Japanese Edition, Nakagawa's Preface,
           Q&A Documents on the English Edition  [PDF]  (1)   (2)   (3)   (4) ,
           Extended Table of Contents of the English Edition [PDF] .
           (Extended Index of the English Edition -- to be posted later)]

Paper/Lecture: "Analysis and Development Aspects of Laser Optical Disk Systems"    (Jun. 16, 2004)
        by Serguei Khrouchtchev (Moscow State Tchnical University named after Bauman, Russia), Proceedings of ETRIA Worle Conference "TRIZ Future 2003" held at Aachen, Germany, on Nov. 12-14, 2003. 
        [Detailed analysis of the technological evolution in the optical systems of Compact Disks and DVDs.  How various contradictions appeared and then solved is described from viewpoints of TRIZ principles. Giving technological background to the author's work on DVD cost reduction at Samsung.]

  Promotion of TRIZ:  "How to Apply TRIZ at Samsung"      (Jun.16, 2004)
         by  Hyo June Kim (Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology (SAIT), Korea), 4th Japan Invention Machine User Group Meeting, held at Shirahama, Wakayama, Japan, on Sept. 10-12, 2003 (E & J); posted at the Web site of Mitsubishi Research Institute  on Oct. 7, 2003 (J).
          [An Outstanding success story of introducing and applying TRIZ in industry in Korea.  Since inviting Russian TRIZ Experts in 2000, the team quickly learned and showed the power of TRIZ in technology and business.  Having applied TRIZ in 150 projects, they achieved success in business for 30 %, and in high-level patents for 70 % of them.]

  Case Study of TRIZ:  "Decreasing Cost of DVD Pickup"      (Jun.16, 2004)
         by  Hyo June Kim (Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology (SAIT), Korea), 4th Japan Invention Machine User Group Meeting, held at Shirahama, Wakayama, Japan, on Sept. 10-12, 2003 (E & J); posted at the Web site of Mitsubishi Research Institute  on Oct. 7, 2003 (J).
         [The TRIZ Trimming method induced an innovative scheme in the DVD pickup optics.  Reduction of cost of $3.7 for each is going to bring in $100M saving.]

Conference Report: " Personal Report of TRIZCON2004: The 6th Annual Altshuller Institute for TRIZ Studies Conference (Apr. 25-27, 2004, Seattle, WA, USA)"
         by Toru Nakgawa, Osaka Gakuin University, May 11, 2004 [Posted on May 13, 2004]
           [6th TRIZCON was held in success with about 85 participants.  Success stories of introducing TRIZ into industries were reported from UK, USA, Korea, and Japan. A personal report reviewing all the presentations/papers.] 

Paper: "Practices of Applying TRIZ/USIT in Japan" (May 13, 2004)    (May 13, 2004)
      by Toru Nakagawa (Osaka Gakuin Univ.), presented at TRIZCON2004 held at Seattle, USA, on Apr. 25-27, 2004.  
       [For introducing TRIZ into industries, the current "Steady Strategy" in Japan is described.  We use USIT as a simple, unified, and effective TRIZ process.  Activities in a number of Japanese industries are described.]

Paper/Introduction: "Problem Solving Methodology for Innovation: TRIZ/USIT.  Its Philosophy, Methods, Knowledge Bases, and Software Tools"  (Mar. 3, 2004)
        by Toru Nakagawa (Osaka Gakuin Univ.), presented at First Symposium on Knowledge Creation Support Systems, held on Feb. 27-28, 2004, at JAIST (Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, Hokuriku) near Kanazawa. 
        [Introduced the whole aspects of TRIZ in a top-down manner on the basis of up-to-date understanding of the methodology.  Explained TRIZ/USIT and its usage in the "Steady Strategy" of introduction.  This is the up-to-date Introduction to TRIZ in this Site.]

Communication:  "USIT News Letter (No. 5-6) and Mini Lecture by Ed Sickafus  (Mar. 3, 2004)
         by Ed Sickafus (Ntelleck, USA), (No. 5) Dec. 15, 2003, (No. 6) Dec. 22, 2003; Japanese translation by Hideaki Kosha (Fuji Photo Film, Japan) and Toru Nakagawa (OGU), Feb. 24, 2004
          [News Letter from Dr. Ed Sickafus, the developer of USIT.  In the Mini Lecture, he recommends to take notes of ideas come up with at any time, and lists up intuitive ideas to the example problem at this early stage.]
           News Letter No. 5, Dec. 15, 2003.  Mini Lecture 5:  Completion of a Well Defined Problem  
            News Letter No. 6, Dec. 22, 2003.  Mini Lecture 6:  Listing Up Early Intuitive Ideas 

  Paper/Proposal:  " 'Technological Methodologies on Development and Design Processes' for Empowering Manufacturing:  Its Scope and Signinficance and the Necessity of Teaching It to Engineering Undergraduates"   (Mar. 3, 2004)
          Toshihiro Hayashi (Hitachi, Japan), presented at Panel Discussion of 2003 Faculty Conference of All Japan Electrical Engineering Departments/Colledgs, held on July 24, 2003 at Akita View Hotel.
           [For empowering the technology/product development, the author advocates the necessity of 'Process Engineering Methodologies' which support and lead the development process in general without restricted to specific disciplines of science and technology.  He is now leading the promotion of QFD, TRIZ, Taguchi Method, CAD/CAM/CAE, etc. corporate-wide in Hitachi.  This also reflects the proposal by a new academic/industrial movement in Japan to establish/promote the "Transversal Foundation in Science and Technology". (Note:  there may be some other official Engih wording, but I don't know at moment.)

  Communication:  "USIT News Letter (No. 3-4) and Mini Lecture by Ed Sickafus"   (Jan. 28, 2004)
         by Ed Sickafus (Ntelleck, USA), (No. 3) Nov. 30, 2003, (No. 4) Dec. 8, 2003; Japanese translation by Hideaki Kosha (Fuji Photo Film, Japan) and Toru Nakagawa (OGU), Jan. 28, 2004
          [News Letter from Dr. Ed Sickafus, the developer of USIT.  In the Mini Lecture, he explain the process of reasoning plausible root causes at the stage of Problem Definition.]
           News Letter No. 3, Nov. 30, 2003.  Mini Lecture 3:  Finding Plausible Root Causes (1) 
           News Letter No. 4, Dec.  8, 2003.  Mini Lecture 4:  Finding Plausible Root Causes (2) 

Case Strudy of TRIZ + VE:  "Case Study in JR-East of Promoting and Applying A Value Improvement Methodology: Unification of TRIZ-DE and VE. -- Development of Confortable Toilet Space in a Railway Car"      (Jan. 28, 2004)
         by Keiji Inoue, Masao Matsuno, Yuichi Hamamoto, and Shuji Tanaka  (R&D Center, Japan Railway - East, Japan), Jan. 8, 2004; first presented at 36th All Japan VE Conference, held on Nov. 6-7, 2003, in Tokyo. 
          [TRIZ'  9-window method and Trends of Evolution concepts are used together with the VE method.  Future 10-year vision of confortable toilet space has been developed for JR's famous bullet train 'Shinkansen'.  This demonstrates a new TRIZ-based method for developing products with clear future visions.]

  Communication:  "USIT News Letter (No. 1-2) and Mini Lecture by Ed Sickafus"   (Jan. 8, 2004)
         by Ed Sickafus (Ntelleck, USA), (No. 1) Nov. 15, 2003, (No. 2) Nov. 23, 2003; Japanese translation by Hideaki Kosha (Fuji Photo Film, Japan) and Toru Nakagawa (OGU), Jan. 8, 2004
          [News Letter from Dr. Ed Sickafus, the developer of USIT.  Seems to be issued 2-3 pages every week. In Mini Lecture, an exemplar problem is ging to be defined, analyzed, and solved in the USIT process.  The lecture is very instructive, and nice for understanding USIT.]
           News Letter No. 1, Nov. 15, 2003.  Mini Lecture 1:  Well Defined Problem 
           News Letter No. 2, Nov. 23, 2003.  Mini Lecture 2:  Minimum Set of Objects  

  Paper/Case Study:  "Practical Case Study of Resolving the Physical Contradiction in TRIZ;  Super Water-Saving Toilet System Using Flexible Tube"     (Jan. 8, 2004)
           by Hong Suk Lee and Kyeong-Won Lee (Korea Polytechnic Univ., Korea), TRIZ Jouranl, Nov. 2003; Japanese translation by Eiji Fukuzawa (TOTO, Japan) and Toru Nakagawa (OGU), Jan. 8, 2004. 
             [To the well-know world-wide problem of saving water in the ordinary water-washing  toilet systems, a Physical Contradiction was derived from the analysis of  user needs and then solved with the Principle of Separation in time.  This is an excellent case of applying TRIZ, especially because the problem has been widely known for probably 100 years without solution and yet once the route is shown with TRIZ, even school children can answer the right answer!]



New Information Posted in 2003

Conference Report: "Personal Report of ETRIA World Conference: TRIZ Future 2003 held at Aachen, Germany on Nov. 12-14, 2003"  (Dec. 11, 2003) 
      by Toru Nakagawa (Osaka Gakuin Univ.), Dec. 10, 2003; Posted on Dec. 11, 2003
       [3rd ETRIA Conference was held in success with about 70 participants.  TRIZ case studies and promotion experiences in industries are presented and discussed.  All the 32 papers presented at the Conference are reviewed briefly. ]

Paper: "USIT Approach in Japan for Simpler and Powerful Process of Creative Problem Solving in TRIZ"  (Dec. 11, 2003) 
      by Toru Nakagawa (Osaka Gakuin Univ.), presented at ETRIA World Conference: TRIZ Future 2003, held at WZLforum of RWTH Aachen, Germany on Nov. 12-14, 2003; Posted on Dec. 11, 2003
       [Simplification of TRIZ should be the key for TRIZ to be widely adopted in industries.  USIT Approach in Japan is is explained and demonstrated.  2-day training seminar is good enough for solving real problems and mastering USIT. ]

Conference Program: "4th Japan Invention Machine User Group Meeting held at Shirahama, Wakayama, Japan on September 12-14, 2003" (Dec. 11, 2003) 
      by Yoshihisa Konishi and Taichi Ono (Mitsubishi Research Institute, Japan), Oct. 20, 2003; Posted on Dec. 11, 2003
       [90 participants attended from industries and academia.  Case studies and promotion experiences were presented from over-10 industries and trials of TRIZ education were reported from several universities. Special talks from Samsung, Korea, were also given.  Here shows the program with summary of papers and links to the slides of presentations (mostly in Japanese) at Mitsubishi's Web site. ]

TRIZ promotion and case study: "Promotion of TRIZ in Panasonic Communications Company and a Case Study: Developing an Electronic Whiteboard in Half-Sized Packaging."   (Nov. 27, 2003) 
      by Kazuya Yamaguchi and Narumi Nagase, contribution received on Oct. 22 and Nov. 26, 2003; originally presented at the 4th IM User Group Meeting in Japan, held at Shirahama, Wakayama Prefecture, on Sept. 10-12, 2003; Note of the discussion (by Toshio Ooura (NEC Electronics))
       [Yamaguchi, being in the position responsible for technolgoy process innovation, is convinced with the usefulness of TRIZ and started and led the installation/application of TRIZ for these two years.  TRIZ has been applied to a large number of products already.  Case study of an electronic whiteboard is described in detail.  Discussion at the presentation session was really exciting and is posted here vividly.]

TRIZ promotion and case study: "Installing TRIZ in Nissan Motors Company"   (Nov. 27, 2003) 
      by Takahisa Hirade and Akira Mochizuki (Nissan Motors Co., Japan), contribution received on Oct. 24, 2003; originally presented at the 4th IM User Group Meeting in Japan, held at Shirahama, Wakayama Prefecture, on Sept. 10-12, 2003
       [For installing TRIZ, they first formed a voluntary core group in Intellectual Property Division, then gradually trained IP specialists into TRIZ keypersons, and are now applying TRIZ/USIT in the research, technology, and production divisions.  Medium-term goal is to train all the IP employees capable in TRIZ. ]

TRIZ case study: "TRIZ Case Study in Ricoh Corporation: Improving a Reusable Packaging"   (Nov. 6, 2003) 
      by Kazuo Gotoh and Sakae Ishikawa (Ricoh Corporation, Japan), contribution received on Oct. 22, 2003; originally presented at the 4th IM User Group Meeting in Japan, held at Shirahama, Wakayama Prefecture, on Sept. 10-12, 2003
       [Immediately after a TRIZ Training Seminar conducted by Gotoh, Ishikawa applied TRIZ to his real task.  Copier machines are delivered to customers in special packages, which are reused many times without leaving any trash at the customer's.  One component of the packaging, which was sometimes damaged while delivering, was redesigned with the assitance of TRIZ principles. ]

TRIZ promotion and case study: "TRIZ Installation Activities in Fuji Xerox Corporation: Recent Results, New Features, and Case Studies"   (Nov. 6, 2003) 
      by Shigeru Kasuya and Katsumi Sakamaki (Fuji Xerox Corporation, Japan), contribution received on Oct. 16, 2003; originally presented at the 4th IM User Group Meeting in Japan, held at Shirahama, Wakayama Prefecture, on Sept. 10-12, 2003
       [Current state of TRIZ installation in the company is shown with some data.  Describes two technical case studies on the paper handling processes in a copier and a managemental case study on the improvement of the Carrier Advisors System.]

  On the Fifth Anniversary Day of  "TRIZ Home Page in Japan":  Toru Nakagawa (Nov. 1, 2003)

      This Web site "TRIZ Home Page in Japan" celebrates today its Fifth Anniversary together with readers in Japan and over the world.  This site is to promote the understanding and real usage of TRIZ by openly publishing information and communications related to TRIZ on not-for-profit basis.  Though I have been operating this site as a volunteer, this site is not a personal but a public forum to be composed of the contributions by readers, as you see already.  It is intended to publish most pages in Japanese and in English in parallel for the purpose of mutual understanding and collaboration between Japanese and overseas TRIZ learners/practitioners.  Readers' contributions either in English or in Japanese are heartily welcome. We wish that "TRIZ Home Page in Japan" continues to help readers understand and apply TRIZ better in their real problems.

TRIZ practices: "There's No Useless TRIZ!"   (Oct. 21, 2003) 
      by Hiroto Hayashi (IDEA, Japan), contribution received on Oct. 12, 2003; originally presented at the 4th IM User Group Meeting in Japan, held at Shirahama, Wakayama Prefecture, on Sept. 10-12, 2003
       [Slides are shown here in the order actually presented at the UGM.  The author has developed his own way of applying TRIZ in industries, where he uses a uniques method ('Dona-dona Deployment') for root casue analysis, stimulates to generate a very large number (e.g. 500) of solution concepts, and constructs conceptual design of three generations of  a product.  Encouraging/challenging messages stem from his expereinces of consulting at multiple industries in Japan.]

Letters from Readers and Q&A: "How to Introduce and Install TRIZ/USIT"(Oct. 21, 2003)
 by Hideaki Kosha (Fuji Photo Film, Japan) + Toru Nakagawa (Osaka Gakuin Univ.), Email communications, Oct. 10-11, 2003; Posted on Oct. 21, 2003
     [Installation activities of USIT in Fuji Photo Film; experiences in introducing TRIZ/USIT; 2-day USIT Trainnig Seminar; etc. ]

Appendix: "Planning Calendar for 2004 -- Blank Form"(Oct. 21, 2003)
          [Blank forms for planning.  2 months per page.  A4 size.  PDF.]

Keynote Speech: " 'Updated Understanding' of TRIZ in the Steady-Introduction Stage" (Oct. 3, 2003) 
      by Toru Nakagawa (Osaka Gakuin Univ.), presented at the 4th IM User Group Meeting in Japan, held at Shirahama, Wakayama Prefecture, on Sept. 10-12, 2003; Posted on Oct. 3, 2003
     [Recently the understanding of TRIZ was much updated.  Darrell Mann and CREAX made most TRIZ data up-to-date as a result of their patent research, and produced a new textbook and new software tools.  All TRIZ tools have been reorganized into unified USIT solution generation methods.  It is recommended to use USIT process and TRIZ software tools in a complementary way.]

Info: "Nakagawa's Activity Calendar"(Jul. 16, Jul 24, 2003)

Lecture to Highschool Students:  "How to Think Creatively in Technology Development" (Jun. 24, 2003)
      by Toru Nakagawa (Osaka Gakuin Univ.), presented at Open Campus Day, Osaka Gakuin University, Jun. 22, 2003; Posted on Jun. 24, 2003
     [Lecture to highschool studnets in 45 minutes.  He talks about the necessity of thinking creatively and of not solely relying on incidental enlightenment.  Using the 'Picture Hanging Kit Problem' as an example, the process of thinking step by step wss demonstrated.  24 slides in 6 pages in PDF.  ]

Book info:  "Methodologies for Creative Engineering & Design: Principles of Modern Manufacturing" (Eds. Keishi Kawamo and Masao Suga, Yokendo Publ.)(Jun. 4, 2003)
        [Introductions to Pahl & Beitz, VE, QFD, TRIZ, USIT, and Taguchi Method, for a systematic approach to creative engineering and design.  Describes TRIZ in some depth.]

Seminar info:  "USIT Half-day Seminar (Jul. 25) and USIT 2-day Training Seminar (Aug. 28-29)"(Jun. 4, 2003)
        [Instructor: Toru Nakagawa.]

News  "Matsushita: Installing QSD Training to 10,000 Engineers for Improving Designing Capability"(May 13, 2003)
      Article, Nikkan Kogyo Shimbun (Daily Industry Newspaper), Apr. 8, 2003; (Posted here by permission for three months: May 13, 2003)
        [QSD = Taguchi Method + TRIZ + QFD.  Success in a pioneering division is going to be deployed in the whole Matsushita Group.  Start of large-scale installation of TRIZ in Japanese industries.]

Paper: "Updating TRIZ: 1985-2002 Patent Research Findings"(Apr. 16, 2003)
      by Darrell Mann and Simon DeWulf (CREAX, Belgium), presented at TRIZCON2003 held at Philadelphia, USA, on Mar. 16-18, 2003; Japanese translation by Toru Nakagawa (Osaka Gakuin Univ.) on Mar. 28, 2003.
        [Excellent and elaborate work.  All US patents granted during 1985-2002 were carefully analyzed to modernize the whole TRIZ knowledge bases.   Method of research and its results concerning Level of Invention, Trends of Evolution, and Inventive Standards are illustrated.]

Paper: "Updating the Contradiction Matrix"(Apr. 16, 2003)
      by Darrell Mann and Simon DeWulf (CREAX, Belgium), presented at TRIZCON2003 held at Philadelphia, USA, on Mar. 16-18, 2003; Japanese translation by Toru Nakagawa (Osaka Gakuin Univ.) on Mar. 29, 2003.
        [Important paper.  On the basis of the Patent Research, the Contradiction Matrix has been completely modernized in its contents, in its parameter set, in its user-interface, etc. The Matrix is now customizable, e.g. to software development field.]

Personal Report of TRIZCON2003: The 5th Annual Altshuller Institute for TRIZ Studies Conference (Mar. 16-18, 2003, Philadelphia, PA, USA)
         by Toru Nakgawa, Osaka Gakuin University, Mar. 27, 2003  (posted on Apr. 3, 2003)
           [A personal report, with brief reviews of almost all presentations/papers.  (In Japanese, abstract only.)]

"Usage of USIT Solution Generation Methods: A Simple and Unified System of TRIZ"(Jan. 22, 2003) (Apr. 3, 2003)
      by Toru Nakagawa (Osaka Gakuin Univ.), Hideaki Kosha, and Yuji Mihara (Fuji Photo Film Co., Ltd, Japan), presented at TRIZCON2003: Altshuller Institute 5th Annual Conference on TRIZ, held at Philadelphia, PA, USA, on Mar. 16-18, 2003.
        [According to the Law of Evolution, the necessity of simplifying and unifying TRIZ is discussed.  Usage of USIT Solution Genration Methods are demonstrated for showing its easiness and effectiveness. ]

USIT Solution Generation Methods -- Simpified System by the Reorganization of TRIZ Solution Generation Methods (Extended Version) (Apr. 3, 2003)
        by Toru Nakagawa (Osaka Gakuin Univ.), Hideaki Kosha, and Yuji Mihara (Fuji Photo Film Co., Ltd, Japan),  First posted in Japanese on Sept. 18, 2002.  English translation on Mar. 9, 2003.  Posted in English: Apr. 3, 2003.
      [Extended version of the Appendix of the paper presented at ETRIA World Conference "TRIZ Future 2002" held at Strasbourg, France, on Nov. 6-8, 2002.  With full description of TRIZ subprinciples/submethods reclassified in the USIT framework; for serious TRIZ/USIT students.]

Index to TRIZ Techniques (Apr. 3, 2003)   [Withdrawn on Apr. 7, 2003]
        by Toru Nakagawa (Osaka Gakuin Univ.), Compoosed in Japanes on Sept. 18, 2002 and in English on Mar. 7, 2003.
           [Index to various TRIZ techniques, especially cross-referenced to USIT methods. (Sept. 18, 2002) ]

          [*** This article and 5 articles under this are withdrawn for clearling an authorship/copyrights issue.  Apology for my mishandling the issue. ]

Paper:"Breakthrough Thinking" User's Manual  (Mar. 5, 2003)
        by Larry K. Ball (Honeywell, USA), TRIZ Journal, March 2002; Japanese translation by Toru Nakagawa (Osaka Gakuin Univ.), Mar. 1, 2003 (Posted: Mar. 5, 2003); Editor's Note (by T. Nakagawa) and Author's Message and Profile (by L. Ball) (Posted: Mar. 5, 2003).
          [Reorganized the whole TRIZ methods and presented it as a linearlized 6 steps of problem solving process.  The process is composed of many smaller steps and visualized with a large number of diagrams and illustrated examples.]

Guide:  "Brief Guide to Nakagawa's TRIZ/USIT Articles"
      by Toru Nakagawa (Osaka Gakuin Univ.), Jan. 21, 2003; Posted on Feb. 18, 2003
     [Perspective guide to 14 articles on TRIZ and USIT posted in this site, mentioning their positions and the paths for reading.  Written for new readers in English, in Japanese, and further in Spanish!]

Paper: "Usage of USIT Solution Generation Methods: A Simple and Unified System of TRIZ"(Jan. 22, 2003)
      by Toru Nakagawa (Osaka Gakuin Univ.), Hideaki Kosha, and Yuji Mihara (Fuji Photo Film Co., Ltd, Japan), Japanese trnaslation of the paper to be presented at TRIZCON2003 to be held at Philadelphia, PA, USA, on Mar. 16-18, 2003.
        [According to the Law of Evolution, the necessity of simplifying and unifying TRIZ is discussed.  Usage of USIT Solution Genration Methods are demonstrated for showing its easiness and effectiveness. English version will be posted after the Conference.]


 

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