Milestone-Proposal talk:Rice Cookers

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  1. Is proposal for an achievement rather than for a person? If the citation includes a person's name, have the proposers provided the required justification for inclusion of the person's name?
  2. Was proposed achievement a significant advance rather than an incremental improvement to an existing technology?
  3. Were there prior or contemporary achievements of a similar nature?
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  1. Is suggested wording of the Plaque Citation accurate?
  2. Is evidence presented in the proposal of sufficient substance and accuracy to support the Plaque Citation?
  3. Does proposed milestone represent a significant technical achievement?
  4. Were there similar or competing achievements? If so, have the proposers adequately described these and their relationship to the achievement being proposed?

Original Citation Title and Text -- Administrator4 (talk) 15:53, 29 July 2022 (UTC)

Commercialization of Electric Rice Cookers, 1923 and 1955

The world’s first ‘electric rice cooker’ and ‘automated electric rice cooker’ were commercialized in 1923 and 1955 by the Japanese Mitsubishi Electric Corporation and Toshiba Corporation collaborated with Koshinsha Co., Ltd., respectively. Each was aimed at a kitchen appliance for rice cooking, and its commercialization contributed greatly to the progress of home electrification in Japan and other East Asia countries.

Advocate for this proposal -- John Vardalas (talk) 21:04, 3 June 2021 (UTC)

My name is John Vardalas. I am the History Committee's Advocate for this proposal. I look forward to working with you to get this proposal approved.

The Rice Cooker is an intriguing candidate for an IEEE Milestone. The apparent simplicity of the Rice Cooker belies a rather complex process to cooking rice automatically. Automatic rice cookers have greatly improved the domestic lives of people throughout Asia. The main challenge now is to identify expert reviewers who are able to comment on the engineering aspects claimed in this proposal, the commercialization story related in this proposal, and the social history of the rice cooker in Japan. At a minimum, two reviewers will be required. Finally, one has to be assured that the references provided substantiate the claims made in this proposal.

New advocate initial comments -- Djkemp (talk) 21:30, 18 August 2021 (UTC)

As the new advocate for the rice coolers milestone proposal (taking over from Vardalas) I offer the following initial comments based on a first quick read...

Two sections are missing content: "1) Describe briefly the intended site(s)....." and 2) Please give the addresses..." It might also be good to provide the GPS coordinates as suggested on the form.

Grammar - sentence beginning "The historical significance not only on the" "Not only on" does not read correctly; perhaps change "on" to "of".

Section 3 History....maybe change the bullets to alpha numbering s as to not be confused with the other numbering used.

In the sentence beginning "Eventually" delete the word "anyhow".

In the Sentence beginning "In the early..." maybe add "developers after the word "cookers". Also, make "Cookers" singular.

In the paragraph beginning "Eventually..." maybe change "anyhow" to "earnestly"

In the paragraph beginning "The 'electric..." maybe change "on board" to "on ships".

In the paragraph beginning "This article also touches...." remove the brackets from Induction Heating and instead add the brachets to the abbreviation "IH". maybe also reverse the order of the full term and its abbreviation.

In place of the terms "desperate" and "desperately" maybe consider using "earnest" and "earnestly". This avoids a potential negative connotation associated with "desperate"

I like the proposal and encourage you to pursue it with passion.

Regards Dave Kemp

Rice cooker advocacy comments -- Krein (talk) 20:27, 10 November 2022 (UTC)

I am one of the advocates for this milestone. I would strongly recommend that the proposers seek some background closer to primary references. Examples could include patents or any documents from close to the actual product release dates. The provided material emphasizes relatively recent commercial information and secondary sites such as Wikipedia. The milestone proposal would be much stronger if English translations of primary sources can be added to the package. Let me agree with other advocacy comments that electric rice cookers have had outsized impact.

Thank you.

Elaboration on prior comment -- Krein (talk) 19:24, 10 January 2023 (UTC)

Adding some additional detail to the preceding comment: There is no doubt that the modern automatic electric rice cooker has had huge impact on culture and lifestyle throughout the rice-producing world. Prior methods were labor intensive and slow. The anecdotes about the Toshiba inventor having his wife do the assessment of performance and success is of interest. However, there are several challenges here: 1. The references are Wikipedia or similar types of articles. There are some museum pieces to back up a limited portion, but the broad information seems quite anecdotal. There is a very nice article at, but I am uncomfortable whether it has enough to validate a milestone. 2. The first version mentioned, from 1923, apparently is very similar to an electric pot – a heating element and no controls. Electric kettles predate this, so the proposers probably need to relate the date and innovation to other early electric cooking devices.