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Dr. Kaoru Ishikawa
\ue000 The career of Kaoru Ishikawa is some ways parallels the economic
history of contemporary Japan.
About Kaoru Ishikawa
\ue000 Ishikawa, like Japan as a whole, learned the basics of statistical
quality control developed by Americans.
\ue000 Ishikawa\u2019s most important contribution has been his key role in the
development of a specifically Japanese quality strategy.
\ue000 The bottom-up approach is best exemplified by the Quality Circle.
\ue000 One ofI shikawa's early achievements contributed to the success ofQuality
\ue000 The cause-and-effect diagram\u2014often called the Ishikawa diagram and perhaps the
achievement for which he is best known\u2014has provided a powerful tool that can
easily be used by non-specialists to analyze and solve problems.
\ue000 Although the Quality Circle was developed in Japan, it spread to more than 50
countries, a development Ishikawa never foresaw.
\ue000 The wide acceptance of many ofI shikawa\u2019s ideas \u2013 and the numerous honors he has
received from around the world show how successful his revolution has been.