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Friday, November 14, 2014

Only days away! Lean Sensei's Benchmarking Tour in Japan kicks-off next week

Japan is a country like no other in the world. It built its economic power through manufacturing over the past several decades, earning a reputation around the world as the “Lean specialist.” Even though many Lean best practices can be found throughout North America, truly serious Lean practitioners still find that Japan is the only place that showcases Lean implementation in its purest form. Lean principles permeate every aspect of daily life in Japan and are not limited to production or engineering environments. People who travel to Japan are fascinated and surprised by the fact that even places like restaurants and gas stations utilize Lean principles in creative ways. It’s difficult to truly appreciate the impact of Lean thinking until you have seen and experienced Japan hands-on.

 Participants will also be introduced to Japanese culture and have the opportunity to do some sightseeing. Your tour hosts David Chao and Jake Cameron  are both bilingual, fluent in both English and Japanese. They will provide translating services to ensure that the nuances of Lean are not lost in translation and also provide cultural and lean insights throughout the trip.

Tour Features & Highlights

The program is intentionally designed to provide both educational and cultural exposure to Japan through various plant tours and historical sites. Tours are arranged with such big hitters as Toyota and its suppliers, but also with smaller players that can showcase different levels of Lean implementation.

 During the 5-day tour, Japan Lean Tour participants visit some of the best companies in the world and may include:

•Toyota Factory

•Toyota Pavilion

•Toyota Museum

•Toyota Supplier Denso

•Nissan Factory

•Food company (various)

•Distribution company (various)


5 days. For further information, including dates and availability, please contact us directly.

 Tour Costs

Please inquire. Tour costs may vary based on numerous factors. Pricing includes all meals, domestic transportation & miscellaneous expenses. Airfares and accommodation is not included and is organized individually.

Please contact us for more information at 604-264-1000 or at

Please keep posted for lots of updates next week! Hai-ya!

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