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.
20120114: Hong Kong QFD Symposium 2012 - https://qualityalchemist.blogspot.hk/2012/01/hong-kong-qfd-symposium-2012.html
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.
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.
Dr. Yoji Akao – ASQ - https://asq.org/about-asq/who-we-are/bio_akao.html
Dr. Yoji Akao, Ph.D., a founder of QFD - The QFD Institute - http://www.qfdi.org/what_is_qfd/who_is_dr_akao.htm
Ishikawa Kano Award - http://www.anforq.org/awards-recognition/ishikawa-kano-award/
Deming Prize - https://www.juse.or.jp/deming_en/award/