Yoshiro Nakamatsu, May 2010
|Born||June 26, 1928 (age 86)|
|Other names||Dr. NakaMats|
Yoshiro Nakamatsu (中松 義郎 Nakamatsu Yoshirō?, born June 26, 1928), also known as Dr. NakaMats (ドクター中松 Dokutā Nakamatsu?), is a Japanese inventor who has become a minor celebrity for his inventions. He regularly appears on Japanese talk shows which, in conjunction with his appearance, usually craft a humorous segment based on one or more of his inventions.
He is a prolific inventor, and he even claims to hold the world record for number of inventions with over 4,000 patents. While this claim has been mentioned in several media articles, several other sources do not list Nakamatsu among the world's most prolific inventors. Nakamatsu was the subject of the 2009 documentary The Invention of Dr NakaMats.
In June 2014 Nakamatsu, who has contended that it should be possible for people to live 144 years by taking care of their health, revealed that he is suffering from prostate cancer and that his doctors do not expect him to live past the end of 2015. He is seeking a new treatment for the disease.
Nakamatsu creativity process
In his interviews, Nakamatsu described his "creativity process", which includes listening to music and concludes with diving underwater, where he says he comes up with his best ideas and records them while underwater. Nakamatsu claims to benefit from lack of oxygen to the brain during his dives, making inventions "0.5 seconds before death." He also claims that his "Calm Room," a bathroom constructed without nails and tiled in 24-karat gold, encourages creative thinking by blocking television and radio waves. Nakamatsu has an elevator in his house that he claims helps him think better, although he strictly denies that it is an elevator and describes it as a "vertical moving room". Nakamatsu's goal is to live at least 144 years.
Nakamatsu's patented inventions include:
- "Enerex" System for generating hydrogen and oxygen
- "PyonPyon" jumping shoes with leaf springs on their soles
- "Cerebrex" armchair, a chair that supposedly improves mental function such as calculation and thinking by cooling the head and heating the feet
- A toilet seat lifter
- A condom with an embedded magnet, supposedly "improving sensitivity" as "electricity is generated in the blood vessels in the female organs by Fleming's left-hand rule"
- Protective envelopes for floppy disks, and head-cleaning floppy disk
- A CD for supposedly "enhancing brightness or sexual function"
- A cigarette like device for supposedly "activating the brain"
- A pillow preventing falling asleep while driving (an air compressor strapped to the cars headrest, forcibly feeding air to the driver)
- A peephole in a sheet of material, described as a "oneway visible shielding object"
- Spectacles in the shape of eyes, so that the user appears to wear no spectacles
- A "Wig for self defense" — a strip and a weight are attached to a wig. The wearer swings the wig to hit an attacker.
It should be noted that patents (these or any other) do not mean that the devices actually work. Patent offices grant patents without checking that the patented device works. While a patent is usually invalid if the patented device or process does not work, this is typically only determined if the patent is challenged (which is not normally done unless the patent holder sues an alleged patent infringer).
Nakamatsu has gained much of his fame from his claim to have invented the floppy disk in 1952. He claims to have licensed his floppy disk patents to IBM Corporation in 1979, but that the details are confidential. An IBM spokesman, Mac Jeffery, said that the company does license some of his patents, but not for the floppy disk, which they invented on their own. IBM reached licensing agreements with Nakamatsu in the late 1970s.
Nakamatsu is also the inventor of Love Jet, a sexual enhancement product which he created out of concern about Japan's declining birthrate. In a 1995 interview, he explained that the purpose of the aphrodisiac was "to save Japan."
Nakamatsu has appeared on several American TV shows, including Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous, Late Night with David Letterman, even Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern. He also appeared on the BBC show Adam and Joe Go Tokyo and the BBC radio show Jon Ronson On...
Nakamatsu is a perennial political candidate. In 2004 he told the Japan Times that "politics is a part of inventions," explaining that it is an "invisible invention" along the lines of concepts such as education and happiness. Since 1995 he has unsuccessfully campaigned multiple times to be elected Governor of Tokyo, most recently in the 2014 election. He has also campaigned unsuccessfully for election to the House of Councillors, the upper house of the National Diet. In 2010 and 2013 he ran as a candidate of the Happiness Realization Party.
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