Can the Japaneese even crack creativity? Yes & very well.
Suggestions. Suggestions. Suggestions. How is it then that a culture so focused on hierarchial mechanisms for incrementalism benefits so highly from a suggestion based system? Simple.
Focused incrementalism on the suggestions themselves. Of 10 firms systematically researches, all 10 had between 38 and 833.2 suggestions per employee greatly increasing the value to the firm of new product development initiatives as well as solutions to existing problems. How did they do it? Here is how: Cracking the Incremental Paradigm of Japanese Creativity