One important issue that was not mentioned at yesterday's Platform seminar is relatively low levels of reward for creative activities in Japan. In this context, it is interesting to see today's news on Toshiba's settlement with a former employee, Fujio Masuoka, now Tohoku University Professor, to pay 87 million yen for his invention of flash memory. He previously received only 6 million yen from the company for his invention. Mr Masuoka expressed his hope that Japanese companies would give better treatment to engineers as a result of this settlement. This reminds us of Mr. Shuji Nakamura, now professor at UC-Santa Barbara, who received 843 million yen from Nichia Corp for his patent rights on blue light-emitting diode last year. Finally, tide seems to be turning in Japan.