TRIZ News & Activities (Japan):


News and Activities in Japan on TRIZ

Editor:  Toru Nakagawa (Osaka Gakuin Univ., Japan)
Latest Update:  Feb. 22, 2005

News and activities for promoting and applying TRIZ in Japan are to be posted in this page.  Information and responses from readers will be posted either in this page or in the TRIZ Forum page.  (Toru Nakagawa)
(Posted in Japanese since Aug. 23, 2001, and in English since Feb. 22, 2005.)

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  "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.  (Reported by Toru Nakagawa)  (Posted in Japanese on Feb. 7, 2005 , and in English on Feb. 22, 2005.)

For the purpose of promoting the penetration and application of TRIZ in Japan, major players of TRIZ promoters and users in Japan have recently joined to form a collaboration group.  "Collaborative Board of TRIZ Promoters and Users in Japan" was set up on Feb. 1, 2005, with the initiative by Dr. Toshihiro Hayashi, Hitachi Co.  This collaboration group was founded on the basis of a voluntary group "TRIZ Konwa-kai", which met 6 times since last March to informally discuss on the promotion of TRIZ.  The goals of the Collaborative Board during 2005 are to hold "First TRIZ Symposium in Japan" in coming September and to found (tentatively named) "Japan TRIZ Association" in a year or so.  Though it is a small voluntary group at moment, the Collaborative Board is expected to grow eventually into a public organization which should play a major role in the promotion of TRIZ in Japan.  We wish that readers in Japan and over the world support the Collaborative Board's activities.

(1)  Report of activities in the last year, 2004.

·        On March 30, 2004, major players of TRIZ promotion in Japan gathered, in response to the proposal by Toshihiro Hayashi, to start informal discussion on how to promote TRIZ better in Japan.

·        The discussion group was named "TRIZ Konwa-kai" (which means an informal/frank discussion group) and met 5 more times on May 17, Jul. 26, Oct. 8, Nov. 26, and Dec. 28, 2004.  The members gradually formed a consensus to cooperate together.

·        Major players/members are as follows (in an arbitrary order):

²        SANNO Institute of Management (Shinsuke Kurosawa, Manabu Sawaguchi)

²        MRI Systems (Yukio Miwa, Yoshihisa Konishi, Eiichi Mizuno)

²        Sozo Kaihatsu Initiative (Masatoshi Hotta)

²        Hitachi Co. (Toshihiro Hayashi [Chairperson], Seiji Yonekura, Kozo Nakahata)

²        Fuji Photo Film Co. (Yuji Mihara [Vice-Chairperson])

²        NISSAN Motors Co. (Akira Mochizuki)

²        SANYO Electric Co. (Naohide Tanigawa)

²        NEC (Kiyoto Iida)

²        NITTO Electric Co. (Osamu Maekawa)

²        Osaka Gakuin Univ. (Toru Nakagawa)

²        Kanto Gakuin Univ. (Haruhiko Iizuka)


(2) "Collaborative Board of TRIZ Promoters and Users in Japan" (TRIZ Kyogi-kai)

·    The "Collaborative Board" was formed as a voluntary body of organization by inviting several more players/members to the Konwa-kai.

·    The new players/members currently include:

²    Matsushita Electric Industrial Co. (Koichi Kumagai)

²    Sekisui Engineering Co. (Kazuyasu Ikeda)

²    Kawasaki Heavy Industry Co. (Makoto Unno)

²    Fuji Xerox Co. (Shigeru Kasuya)

²    Sano & Associates International Patent Firm (Kimihiko Hasegawa)

²    Tokyo Metropolitan Organization of Medical Research (Toshimitsu Kataoka)

·    Toshihiro Hayashi (Hitachi) serves as the Chairperson, and Yuji Mihara (Fuji Photo Film) as the Vice Chairperson.  The Collaborative Board is a voluntary body of organization.  Members will not be tightly fixed and are not supposed to officially represent any organization.

·    Main activity in 2005 is to hold "First TRIZ Symposium in Japan" in coming September.  For this purpose the Board must have a management capability.

·    It is intended to establish the (tentatively called) "Japan TRIZ Association" in a year or so through the discussions and preparations in and around the "Collaborative Board".


(3)  "First TRIZ Symposium in Japan" to be held on September 1-3, 2005 at Shuzenji, Izu.

·    The Collaborative Board is going to hold the "First TRIZ Symposium in Japan", on the basis of the experience of "Knowledge Creation Symposium, Shuzenji 2004" held by MRI Systems last September.

·    It will be an open symposium without any constraint due to (potential/unseeable) boundaries among TRIZ vendors or promoters.  .

·    The TRIZ Symposium will offer chances and places for open presentations, discussions, and communications among people on the subjects of promotion and application of TRIZ and related methodologies.

·    Two and half days from Sept. 1st (Thu.) afternoon to Sept. 3rd (Sat.) afternoon, 2005.  Users' presentations are very welcome.

·    A resort training facility, Laforet Shuzenji (Naka-Izu, Shizuoka Prefecture), has been reserved already.  Communication among participants will be encouraged at the resort.

·    MRI Systems will serve as the local organizer. 

·    Call for Papers will be announced in March.  Presentations from users, vendors, and promoters are very welcome.  We wish to make the Symposium active and fruitful!

·    [Special Note for overseas readers:  The official language is Japanese.  It is not decided yet whether and what size of special sessions of presentations in English to be included.]

This information is posted here, even though brief and not formal, in order to ask for your support and participation to the Collaborative Board and for your contribution to the TRIZ Symposium.



  "Technical Committee on 'Development & Design Process Engineering Technologies'" is working under the "Ohkan-Rengo" (Transdisciplinary Federation of Science and Technology).   (Reported by Toru Nakagawa) (Posted in Japanese on Dec. 14, 2001 , and in English translation on Feb. 22, 2005.)

A Technical Committee mentioned above has been working since Feb. 2004 as a task force under "Ohkan-Rengo".  It has met 6 times already in Tokyo.  The Technical Committee is going to hold Ohkan-Rengo's First Technical Symposium on coming Jan. 21, 2005.  Please refer the agenda of the Symposium in the Nakagawa's Activities page in this Web site.  From the Call for Participation of the Symposium, descriptions on "Ohkan-Rengo", the Technical Committee, and the Symposium are extracted and summarized below:

"Ohkan-Rengo" (i.e. "Transdisciplinary Federation of Science and Technology") has been formed on April 7, 2004 as a federation of 41 academic societies in Japan.  Such a large number of academic societies have decided to collaborate together with the intention to develop and promote "Underlying Sciences", which may be regarded as lateral constructs of science and technology that seem to be divided vertically into finer and finer sections these days.  They appeal the importance of such trans-disciplinary "Underlying Sciences" and are going to carry out a wide range of activities.  (Refer to the Web site of "Ohkan-Rengo":

As a part of Ohkan-Rengo's activities, the Technical Committee on 'Development & Design Process Engineering Technologies' has been working since the beginning of this academic year.  The Committee intends to research a range of technical fields which may be categorized as "Development & Design Process Engineering Technologies" and give an overview of the fields in a trans-disciplinary way.  By revealing the ways of synergetic use of the component technologies, of promoting the R&D of necessary technologies, and of increasing the values of component technologies, the Technical Committee tries to serve for the further enhancement of Japan's competence in technology and manufacturing. 

In the Symposium to be held on Jan. 21, 2005, the issues which have been discussed in the Technical Committee will be presented to public and the up-to-date case studies and future directions of the relevant technologies will be discussed.  A wide range of technologies including various methodologies for Development & Design Process, simulation methods and digital engineering will be presented through their application and integrated-use case studies.  In the Panel Discussion we would like to discuss about the roles to be played by universities.  For industry people who are promoting advanced ways of manufacturing and for university people who are trying to grow students into experts in these fields, the Symposium will be an important trigger for further discussions. 

Technical Committee on 'Development & Design Process Engineering Technologies', "Ohkan-Rengo",
     Chairperson:  Toshihiro Hayashi (Hitachi Co, Manufacturing Technology Division)
     General Secretary:  Hideo Fujimoto (Nagoya Institute of Technology, Professor & Director of Manufacturing Technology Center)



ETRIA (European TRIZ Association):  Nakagawa serves as its GCG Member and posted ETRIA's Official Page in Japanese.  (Reported by Toru Nakagawa)  (Posted in Japanese on Sept. 11, 2001 , and in English translation on Feb. 22, 2005)

ETRIA (European TRIZ Association) is a new international organization founded for promoting the penetration of TRIZ under international collaboration.  Initially it was formed by members in European countries, thus having the name of ETRIA, but lately it accepted members from most of the countries over the world where TRIZ has been introduced.  Receiving a request from ETRIA, Toru Nakagawa is serving as the Japanese Member of its Global Coordination Group.  On a voluntary basis he is working to help communication from ETRIA to Japan and vice versa.  Official Web page of ETRIA has been posted in Japanese translation in this Web site.


  "Communication Group for TRIZ Promotion in Japan" has been started.  (Announced by Masatoshi Hotta, Yasutoshi Suzuki, and Toru Nakagawa)  (Posted in Japanese on Aug. 23, 2001 , and in English translation on Feb. 22, 2005)


TRIZ News in Japan:  "Communication Group for TRIZ Promotion in Japan" has been started.

An informal communication group has been started for discussing 'What should we do to promote TRIZ further and better in Japan?'.  Besides the core members of Nikkei BP (Shinohara), Mitsubishi Research Institute (Hotta, etc.), SANNO Institute of Management (Suzuki, etc.) and Osaka Gakuin University (Nakagawa), several voluntary members from user industries and consulting firms have been joining in this group. 

We had Meetings first on Mar. 5, 2001, and second on Jul. 2, 2001 (among the core members mentioned above, Nikkei BP was absent both times).  We are planning to have the Meeting every three months from now on. 

The following issues are and will be discussed:

·        Recognition of the current status of promotion and penetration of TRIZ in Japan.

·        What should we do to promote and penetrate TRIZ in Japan?

·        Relationship with the fields nearby and relevant to TRIZ for promoting and penetrating TRIZ in Japan.

·        Relationship with overseas organizations for promoting and penetrating TRIZ.

·        Future of our Communication Group.

We wish that the Communication Group serve to prepare for an environment where both Users and Promoters of TRIZ in Japan can collaborate jointly for the promotion and penetration of TRIZ. 

August 2001
Communication Group for Promoting TRIZ in Japan
    Promotion Members:  Masatoshi Hotta (Mitsubishi Research Institute)
                                     Yasutoshi Suzuki (SANNO Institute of Management)
                                     Toru Nakagawa (Osaka Gakuin University)



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