Asuka Kamiya believes the rough-edged but unique ideas of young inventors could bring innovation to society. She would say that. She's a 14-year-old inventor and already the president of her own company.

Asuka established the company, Yakunitatsumono Tsukuro, in autumn last year and its aim is to help elementary and junior high school children turn their revolutionary ideas into commercial realities.

The firm was capitalized at 150,000 yen ($1,350), funded entirely by Asuka's "otoshidama" New Year’s gift money she has received since she was 1.

As Asuka is still a minor, her father, Toyoaki, 42, a liquor sales consultant, has the right to represent the company as its executive managing director.

As a summer vacation homework project when she was a fifth-grade elementary school student, Asuka developed a magnetic garbage container that automatically separated aluminum cans from steel ones.

Trying to secure a patent for the trash can, Asuka discovered a patent application is expensive as you need to buy revenue stamps and hire a patent lawyer.

When she told her father that introducing a mechanism to provide support for children to receive patents and commercialize their products would improve society, her father could not disagree.

Asuka said her inventive desire was stimulated by “family issues.”

In third grade in elementary school, she created a stopper to prevent her infant brother from pulling out too much toilet paper. She also designed a bookshelf with partition boards to prevent books from falling on her younger sister the following year.

The special trash can was invented as Asuka’s grandfather, who runs a supermarket, was struggling to separate different types of cans.

Asuka’s company will seek promising ideas at exhibitions in Anjo, Aichi Prefecture, where the corporation is based, and elsewhere across Japan, and offer assistance for the young inventors.

As its first project, Yakunitatsumono Tsukuro will release in spring a smaller version of the dustbin to teach elementary school students about magnets.

“I want more people to understand both the pleasure of improving and inventing something and the joy of one’s own products helping others,” Asuka said.