2016年10月29日星期六

Remember Prof. Yoji Akao - Father of Quality Function Deployment (QFD)

This is very sad news about Prof. Yoji Akao who was the founder of Quality Function Deployment (QFD), passed away at 88 years old on 24 Oct 2014.  We, Hong Kong Society for Quality (HKSQ), expressed hearty condolences to Prof. Yoji Akao 's family, friends and colleagues.  Prof. Yoji Akao is the first winner of the Ishikawa-Kano Award (IKA) in ANQ Congress Delhi 2010 (from 19-20 Oct 2010).  


Moreover, Prof. Yoji Akao got the Deming Prize for Individuals by JUSE in 1978. (https://www.juse.or.jp/upload/files/list_Deming_Prize_for_Individuals2016.pdf)

We met Prof. Yoji Akao many times in different conference.  I would like to share our meeting to remember Akao – Quality Guru. 
My first time met Prof. Yoji Akao in ASQ World Conference on Quality and Improvement (WCQI) 2006.


Meeting in Hong Kong:
Prof. Yoji Akao gave talk in Hong Kong in 2011.
20110418: Seminar on QFD for Product Development - https://qualityalchemist.blogspot.hk/2011/04/qfd-for-product-development.html


We had lunch with Prof. Yoji Akao and Mrs. Akao in next day. I took a photo with them.


HKSQ exco members also took a photo for memory.


Next year, we joined the Hong Kong QFD Symposium 2012 and met Prof. Akao again.  At that time, his student (also like his daughter) Dr. Catherina Chan (President, HKQFDA) established HKQFDA in 2009 and would like to promote QFD in Hong Kong.  Prof. Akao held my hand and told me that you are an important man.


Meeting in ANQ Congress:
We met Prof. Yoji Akao his friend Dr. Kozo Koura during lunch in ANQ Congress 2009 in WASEDA University, Tokyo, Japan.

 20090916: ANQ 2009 Opening & Technical Seminar I - https://qualityalchemist.blogspot.hk/2009/09/anq-2009-opening-technical-seminar-i.html

Prof. Yoji Akao was the keynote speaker but he was not able to join ANQ Congress 2015 this time.  His student Dr. Catherina Chan presented for him and the topic named “Introducing QFD to Taiwan”.  Then we all sign the birthday card for Prof. Yoji Akao for his 87 years old.

20150923: ANQ Congress 2015 Taipei – Day 1 - https://qualityalchemist.blogspot.hk/2015/09/anq-congress-2015-taipei-day-1.html

I have Prof. Yoji Akao’s QFD Book in English version named “QFD: The Customer-Driven Approach to Quality Planning and Development” which published by Asian Productivity Organization in 1994.


Reference:
Dr. Yoji Akao, Ph.D., a founder of QFD - The QFD Institute - http://www.qfdi.org/what_is_qfd/who_is_dr_akao.htm


17 則留言:

Quality Alchemist 說...

Dear HKSQ Exco Members,

It is with deep sadness that Hong Kong Quality Function Deployment Association shares the news of the death of Prof. Yoji Akao, our Honorary President, on 24th October 2016.
Yoji Akao was the founder of QFD. His passion with and his dedication to QFD was greatly respected. His humility, kindness, enthusiasm, sincerity, caring heart and beautiful spirit had deeply touched the heart of every one who knew and who had met him. We are grateful for the time we had with Prof. Akao. The memory of him will always be in our hearts.
As we celebrate the life of Prof. Akao, let us join the family in mourning a departed world quality guru.

Sincerely,
Catherine Chan
President
Hong Kong QFD Association
28 Oct 2016

Quality Alchemist 說...

Dear Catherine and all,
It is sad to hear this new. It is a great loss in the quality world.
We extend deep and heartfelt sympathy to Prof. Yoji Akao and his family.

Best Regards,
Lotto LAI
HKSQ
28 Oct 2016

Quality Alchemist 說...

Dear Catherine and HKSQ Members,

On behalf of all members and Board of Directors, and myself as President of the Canadian Society for Quality, we extend our deepest sympathy to Professor Yoji Akao family on the passing of this great quality pioneer whose memory and renowned contributions to quality knowledge will live for ever. I had met him personally many times in the United States during the ASQ and the IAQ conferences and meetings and taken pictures with him. His warm greetings, smiles, and handshakes will always be in my memory.
We pray for his soul to rest in peace!

Dr. Madhav Sinha
President
Canadian Society for Quality
30 Oct 2016

Quality Alchemist 說...

Dear all IAQ members:

It is a really sad news that Prof. Yoji Akao passed away. His contribution on QFD was indeed great in my country, Korea.
Many quality professionals have used QFD for quality activities in companies. His contribution will be remembered for a long long time.

Sung Hyun Park
IAQ member in Korea
30 Oct 2016

Quality Alchemist 說...

A great loss to the quality community of the world. Father of QFD (Quality Function Deployment) will no more with us physically, however his thoughts and practices remained with us.
I got opportunity to meet him in ICQ 2005 at Tokyo I still remember he listened to my paper on Students' Quality Circles and even asked me how the young students understand the importance of Pareto Diagram?
Wish he come to Nepal to see how students of class six can explain the cumulative frequency.
Also Sensei is not With us but his knowledge we will carry over for ever.
With Love and Regards

Dinesh Chapagain
(NQPCN)
30 Oct 2016

Quality Alchemist 說...

Dear Mr. Lotto,
IT is really to know about the demise of Prof.Yoji Akao the father of QFD,HongKong.
The Quality community across the world has lot a veteran and is difficult to fill up the vacumn

I pray God to give strengh to his family to bear the loss of Prof.Yoji Akao.

Dr.N.Rangaswamy. India.
30 Oct 2016

Quality Alchemist 說...

Sad to hear. A loss to Quality family

Dr K Nithyanandan
(CSE Oline)
30 Oct 2016

Quality Alchemist 說...

Dear Dr Lotto Lai,

It's with deep regrets to hear of the sad news of the passing of Prof. Yoji Akao (Father of QFD).

On behalf of SQI and Singapore friends, we would like to convey our deepest condolence and heartfelt sympathy to the family of Prof. Yoji Akao.

Best Regards,
GE Tan
Chairman,
Singapore Quality Institute
30 Oct 2016

Quality Alchemist 說...

It's a bad news!
Prof. Yoji Akao's death is a big loss to the quality management world. His contribution to quality is unforgettable!
--
Prof. Zhen He (何桢)
Associate Dean, College of Management and Economics, Tianjin University
Chair, Dept. of Industrial Engineering
(IAQ)
30 Oct 2016

Quality Alchemist 說...

Dear IAQ Friends and Colleagues,

It's a sad news learning that Professor Yogi Akao, IAQ Honorary Member and one of world quality gurus is passed away. It's a great loss for IAQ as well as for the world quality community and specifically those who have been familiar with and used QFD in their quality improvement project across the world. His innovative approach in QFD was very effective and functional which helped many organizations to improve their competitive advantages in global markets.

I had the honor of meeting him in many conferences for more than a decade and in all those opportunities, his unique commendable character of sincerity, kindness, openness, humility and many other top qualities of a true quality guru impressed me.

I deeply feel sad for his loss and would like to express my heartfelt condolences first to his family, close friends and colleagues and then to IAQ family and finally to all quality professionals in the world.

May his soul rest in peace!
With deep grief,
Hesam AREF KASHFI
(IAQ) (Iranian Society of Quality Managers (ISQM), Iran)
30 Oct 2016

Quality Alchemist 說...

Dear Mr.Lotto KH Lai,

Noted with deep sadness for the news that Prof. Yoji Akao, the founder of QFD, passed away.
We are grateful for his kindness, enthusiasm and beautiful spirit.
The memory of him will always be in our hearts.

Sincerely Yours,
Kritaya Suparnpongs.
Executive Consultant.
Center of Excellent Quality Development
The Siam Cement PLC
Thailand.
31 Oct 2016

Quality Alchemist 說...

谢谢黎教授,我们已知晓相关信息,并向日科技连发去唁电。

赤尾先生曾经对CAQ的QFD推广给予很多指导帮助,我们深切怀念他。

段一泓(Duanyihong)
中国质量协会(China Association for Quality)
31 Oct 2016

Quality Alchemist 說...

Dear Catherine Chan
President
Hong Kong QFD Association
CC; Lotto Lai
Hong Kong Society for Quality (HKSQ)

It's with deep regrets to hear of the sad news of the passing of Prof. Yoji Akao, Father of Quality Function Deployment (QFD).He is the first winner of the Ishikawa-Kano Award (IKA) in ANQ Congress Delhi 2010.

On behalf of VQAH and Vietnamese friends, we would like to convey our deepest condolence and heartfelt sympathy to the family of Prof. Yoji Akao.

Thanks and best regards,
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Ngo Van Nhon, Ph.D.
ANQ board member
Chairman, General Secretary, Vietnam Quality Association of Ho Chi Minh City (VQAH)
Director, Institute for Quality Assessment and Development (IQAD)
1 Nov 2016

Quality Alchemist 說...

Dear Lotto,

Thank you for information about Prof Akao passing away. It is indeed a great loss in quality area especially in QFD.

We have sent our condolence to Prof Akao’s family through Dr. Catherine Chan.

Best regards,
Too Meng Ken
SQI

Quality Alchemist 說...

Indeed a SAD News... may god rest his soul in peace..

Thank you for sharing... appreciate your energy and effort in sharing the news

Request if you can change my communication id from reliance to gmail. (devashishnandi@gmail.com)

Thanks and W'rgrds

Devashish Nandi ( देवाशीष नंदी )
1 Nov 2016

Quality Alchemist 說...

Dear Sir!
Thank you for Notification.
I, a member of Vietnam Quality Association, extend deep and heartfelt sympathy to Prof. Yoji Akao and his family, too!​
Best regards,
Do Thi Ngoc
1 Nov 2016

Quality Alchemist 說...

Dear Lai,

Thanks for letting us know about the passing on of the great son of the world. New comers like us have missed an opportunity to hear from his mouth.

May His Soul Rest in Peace

Chola Mwitwa
Chief Executive Officer
KAIZEN Institute of Zambia Limited
First Floor, Kwacha House Annex, Cairo Road,
P. O. Box 37067,
Lusaka,
Zambia.
1 Nov 2016

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