Thought Training

by Makoto Ito


173 pages / August 2015 / 1,300 yen (w/o tax)

Necessary for living in a world with no right answers


What does it mean to “think”? We’ve been told time and time again to think for ourselves. However, nobody has ever taught us exactly how to go about it. In this book, the author, who is known in the bar examination world as a “charismatic principal,” shares the methodology needed to become a strong thinker. He also shares approaches to thinking used by lawyers on a daily basis, how everyday situations can be used as training grounds, and the “thought training” that is necessary for surviving in today’s world.

From the table of contents

– Searching for something others have thought of isn’t “thinking”

– Think about at least three things, rather than just one

– Why you must surround yourself only with people you get along with

– A further explanation of I.R.A.C.

– Ideas flow when you have someone to share them with

– Bright ideas will come to those who really want them

– Place problem solving on the back burner

From the editor

I believe that Makoto Ito’s book cleanses and purifies the soul. I feel like I’ve become a new version of myself as I’ve learned a great deal from having my mind opened wider. When we’re indecisive, unable to come up with good ideas, or need to make big life decisions, we use our thoughts. If you keep Professor Ito’s thinking methods in the back of your mind, you’ll be able to make calm, steady progress. Like any other life-improving medicine, this book should be kept by your side at all times so you can turn to it when need be.



Makoto Ito

Makoto Ito was born in Tokyo in 1958. He passed the bar exam while enrolled at Tokyo University in 1981 and is now the principal of a private cram school. He started his own cram school, Ito Juku, in 1995, becoming a popular teacher and entrance exam tutor. He teaches an innovative study method that has been coined “Ito’s method,” which has allowed numerous individuals to pass the bar exam quickly, and as a result his school is ranked as one of the best. Known as a “charismatic principal,” he is garnering fame with his unique leadership methods that involve “thinking about post-graduation.” As a lawyer, he is currently fighting for the principle of “one person,one vote”. As an author, Ito’s publications include A Study Method That Makes Dreams Come True, Use Time Well to Realize Your Dreams, The “One-point Concentration” of Accomplished People, The Art of Memorization, The Art of Conveying Your Thoughts (Sunmark), Makoto Ito’s Test Preparation Course (all 15 books) (Kobundo Publishers, Inc.), Constitutional Law for Junior High School Students (Iwanami Shoten, Publishers), Strength to Keep Going (Gentosha Inc.), and Study Methods That Make Children Smarter(K.K. Bestsellers).