Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Yoshiro Nakamatsu

Yoshiro Nakamatsu (中松 義郎, Nakamatsu Yoshirō?), born June 26, 1928, also known as Dr. NakaMats, is a Japanese inventor claiming to hold the world record for number of inventions with over 3,000, including "PyonPyon" spring shoes and the basic technology for the floppy disk, the CD, the DVD, the digital watch, CinemaScope, and the taxicab meter.[1][2] Nakamatsu claims that he licensed about a dozen of his patents related to the floppy disk technology to IBM Corporation in 1979, but the details of the arrangement are confidential.[1] A spokesman for IBM said that the company has an "ongoing relationship" with Nakamatsu,[1] and, in another media report, said that the company owns the legal patent to the floppy disk and that it reached several nonexclusive patent agreements with Nakamatsu in the late 1970s to avoid conflicts.[3]

Nakamatsu has appeared on several American TV shows, including Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous and Late Night with David Letterman.[2]

He was awarded the 2005 Ig Nobel prize for Nutrition, for photographing and retrospectively analyzing every meal he has consumed during a period of 34 years (and counting). The goal of Nakamatsu is to live over 140 years old.[4]

In 2007, Nakamatsu became a candidate in the 2007 gubernatorial election in Tokyo, and also ran for the Upper House election, but failed to get a seat. [1][2] He is known for frequently entering and losing elections in Tokyo.[citation needed]

Nakamatsu's Official website in English: http://nakamats.com/english/eng_index.php

More information on Dr. Nakamats:
http://www.japanprobe.com/?p=1413 (Becomming Governor)
http://www.creativityatwork.com/articlesContent/Nakamats1.html Says his secret to Creative Genius
http://www.theage.com.au/articles/2003/07/07/1057430085493.html Japan's "Thomas Edison"
  1. ^ a b c Lazarus, David (1995-04-10). 'Japan's Edison' Is Country's Gadget King : Japanese Inventor Holds Record for Patent. International Herald Tribune. Retrieved on 2007-10-12.
  2. ^ a b Thompson, Charles "Chic". The Edison of Japan: An Interview with Dr. Yoshiro Nakamats. First published in Thomson's book What a Great Idea!: The Key Steps Creative People Take, Perennial (HarperCollins), 1992. ISBN 0-06-096901-6
  3. ^ Hornyak, Tim (January 2002). Dr. NakaMats: Japan's Self-Proclaimed Savior. Japan Inc. Retrieved on 2007-10-13.
  4. ^ Grayson, Ian. "'NakaMats': Creative mind is the key", CNN, May 8, 2006. Retrieved on 2007-10-13.
  5. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yoshiro_Nakamatsu
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