My 2014 Japan Tour to study the Toyota production system: day 1 minus 12 hours

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Lean Management 2014 Japan tour: my first view of Nagoya city

Nagoya May 17, 2014

Franck Strub – 2014 Japan Tour, Day 1 minus 12 hours

Hello everyone,

Today is my first day in Japan. Since my arrival at Narita international airport, I discover a new country, new people, and of course, I ask myself what are their specificities?

It’s simple: I find them very friendly, polite, smiling and disciplined by nature. Imagine clean subways (trains are cleaned at the end of each service), a functional public transportation system, people who place themselves in a queue and waiting up spontaneously to get in the train, no waiting time to get off the plane, go through customs and get back the luggages.

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Lean Management 2014 Japan tour: Arrival at Narita International airport (1 hour from Tokyo). My Lean journey is starting

On my Paris to Tokyo flight, I was placed at the rear of the plane which contained 250 people, and stopwatch in hand it took me 20 minutes to complete this process. What fluidity! How effective they are! « Here’s what a « Lean » system is », I told myself.

 

 

 

 

 

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Lean Management 2014 Japan tour: Nagoya by night

Talk to you soon of my first day in the 2014 Japan Tour.

Franck Strub