There is not just one thing that Dr. Akao can be noted for. A true advocate of continuous improvement is the best way to sum up Dr. Akao. As the 24'th honorary member of the ASQ, Dr. Akao led many great projects with his development of Quality Function Deployment. Along with QFD, Dr. Akao developed several other methodologies that became normal practices in Japan. While methodologies were not foreign to Dr. Akao he was often found advocating strategic initiatives like Hoshin Kanri worldwide.