The Fall Japan Tour 2013 is finished! It has been an eventful 4 days and we wish all the Blackbelts a safe journey home.
The last day was a wrap-up and the Blackbelts visited both Toyota and Mitsubishi. At our first stop, Toyota, we had a tour of the highly automated assembly and welding areas. It was an amazing experience to see the Toyota Production System right at the Gemba. Afterwards, we visited the Toyota Kaikan museum to get a sense of all the innovation going on at Toyota these days.
After a traditional "Kaiseki" style meal at a traditional Japanese restaurant, we finished up the tour at Mitsubishi.
Imai-san, a worker who has been with the company for over 30 years, took great care of us. The Blackbelts received green tea to quench our thirst for the long Gemba walk ahead. We were really able to feel his warm enthusiasm and passion for serving the customer. After the incredible plant tour we were sent on our way to the final farewell dinner.
A big thank you to everyone that helped in making this tour what it is, as well as to the Blackbelts for working so hard and keeping an open and curious mind to Japan and Lean culture.
Until next time! (Of course, that will be Module 4!)