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 is difficult to truly appreciate the impact of Lean thinking until you have seen and experienced Japan hands-on.
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, Nissan and Mitsubishi, but also with smaller players that can showcase different levels of Lean implementation. Participants will also be able to experience 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.
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