Together with Japanese Maggie (center) and German Marina before the Gakushi Kaikan building in Tokyo, Feb. 13, 2002
On Feb. 13, 2002 while in Tokyo, I was invited by German Marina to attend with her a meeting called "21stCentury Seminar" and dinner held in honor of one of the greatest inventors of all time, Dr. Yoshiro NakaMats. This is his preferred spelling of his name. According to the rules of writing Japanese in Roman letters, it would be Nakamastsu.
One of Dr. NakaMats' well known inventions is the floppy disk! He is credited with over 3000 inventions -- more than Thomas Edison -- and 16 patents to IBM. He is reputed to be one of the 5 greatest inventors of all time! So you can imagine that I considered it an honor not only to meet him and talk to him personally, but to be asked by him after the conference to give my impression of his talk while he video taped me!
Forty-seven people were in attendance, two of whom were foreigners, Marina and myself. The rest were Japanese. I was the only American present. Only five of the guests were female, three of whom are from my organization, The Family. Attendees were primarily businessmen and inventors.
Dr. NakaMats' talk was of course in Japanese but I could follow it quite well including most of his jokes! I was excited at some of the things he had to say and responded with a good deal of obvious enthusiasm. This is probably why Dr. NakaMats wanted to video me after the meeting to record my comments. He often travels to America and so I could give him my response in English on video.Here are some of the points that Dr. NakaMats spoke about: