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The KJ Ho (Method) is a creative thinking and problem solving methodology, which was originally invented by Japanese cultural anthropologist, Professor Jiro Kawakita (1920-2009). It has gone through over half a century’s development and refinement as a result of applications to many kinds of complex and unique problems in Japan. This article is an up-to-date presentation of the current state of the KJ Ho by those who have contributed to its recent developments and improvements.

Written by Professor Toshio Nomura, Professor Susumu Kunifuji, Dr Mikio Naganobu, Dr Susumu Maruyama & Professor Motoki Miura.

This research was in part supported by Nomi City.

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The KJ Ho (Method) is a creative thinking and problem solving methodology, which was originally invented by Japanese cultural anthropologist, Professor Jiro Kawakita (1920-2009). It has gone through over half a century’s development and refinement as a result of applications to many kinds of complex and unique problems in Japan. This article is an up-to-date presentation of the current state of the KJ Ho by those who have contributed to its recent developments and improvements.

It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change. (Charles Darwin)
Published in Creativity in Japan

The KJ Ho (Method) is a creative thinking and problem solving methodology, which was originally invented by Japanese cultural anthropologist, Professor Jiro Kawakita (1920-2009). It has gone through over half a century’s development and refinement as a result of applications to many kinds of complex and unique problems in Japan. This article is an up-to-date presentation of the current state of the KJ Ho by those who have contributed to its recent developments and improvements.

Written by Professor Toshio Nomura, Professor Susumu Kunifuji, Dr Mikio Naganobu, Dr Susumu Maruyama & Professor Motoki Miura.

This research was in part supported by Nomi City.

Abstract

The KJ Ho (Method) is a creative thinking and problem solving methodology, which was originally invented by Japanese cultural anthropologist, Professor Jiro Kawakita (1920-2009). It has gone through over half a century’s development and refinement as a result of applications to many kinds of complex and unique problems in Japan. This article is an up-to-date presentation of the current state of the KJ Ho by those who have contributed to its recent developments and improvements.

It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change. (Charles Darwin)
Published in Creativity Development
Wednesday, 12 September 2012 22:13

Yosuke Yamaguchi & Dr Machiko Sannomiya

Yosuke Yamaguchi was born in Osaka, Japan. He graduated from Osaka University with a Bachelor's degree in Human Sciences in 2009 and a Master's degree in Human Sciences in 2011. From 2011, he has been taking a doctoral course in the Graduate School of Human Sciences at Osaka University. His research is focused on theoretical and intervention issues in the development of creativity, especially the relationship between belief and behaviour in creative thinking activities.

Dr. Machiko Sannomiya is a Professor at the Graduate School of Human Sciences at Osaka University. She received her PhD from Osaka University in 1985. Her research background is in cognitive psychology, and her current interest is in thinking, communication and metacognition. In 1990 she received the Research Award for Educational Technology at the 5th Conference on Japan Society.

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As the world has become more and more complex, the concern with creativity has increased (Runco, 2004). How can we improve our creative thinking abilities? Adams (1974) proposed that the process of consciously identifying conceptual blocks was essential for overcoming them and improving the ability to think creatively. A considerable number of studies have been conducted on factors that influence creativity. According to a review by Batey and Furnham (2006), much research has been directed to relationships between creativity, intelligence and personality. Moreover, studies have been conducted from diverse perspectives, such as motivation, affect, cognitive capacity, the social environment, culture and neurology (for reviews, see Hennessey & Amabile, 2010; Runco, 2004).

Published in Creativity Development
Monday, 06 August 2012 22:40

Dr Susumu Kunifuji

Susumu Kunifuji is currently Vice-president of the Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (JAIST), and Professor of the School of Knowledge Science of JAIST. He was the former President of the Japan Creativity Society, and known for pioneering Knowledge-based Systems and Creativity Support Systems. He is now the editor of the Journal of the Japan Creativity Society, the International Journal of Knowledge-based Intelligent Engineering Systems, and New Generation Computing. He is the author of many AI books on the Japanese Fifth Generation Computer Project.

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