Planes, Trains and Automobiles – Japan Lean Experience

Planes, Trains and Automobiles – Japan Lean Experience

This month I am putting together the final touches in preparation for my trip to Japan in April 2018, attending the “Japan Lean Experience” with my colleagues from Tokyo .

This will be my fourth week long homage to the spiritual home of Kaizen and Lean thinking, and I will be traveling with a small band of brothers from NZ seeking inspiration from the world’s leading practitioners of Lean Management.

Our variety of factory tours provide a perfect combination of education, exposure to best-in-class Lean practices, unique relationship building, in-depth tours, interactive discussion, and comfort.

In addition to the formal tours, there will be time to take in some sights and experience Japan culture and of course a ride on the bullet train! 720w" sizes="(max-width: 428px) 100vw, 428px">

The Shinkansen, or Bullet Train cruises at between 280-320KPH and is one of those experiences that is not to be missed. I confess that this for me is one of the highlights, and epitomizes what Japan is all about, efficient, reliable, high quality and on time! 768w, 993w" sizes="(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px">

Of course, we have the home of 5S, with everything in it’s place, and a place for everything, there is so much inspiration in their factories, offices and even around town! 768w, 1024w" sizes="(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px">


Japan also has history and culture by the bucket load and there are some amazing things to see and visit whilst you make your way around.

I’ll be adding a few extra days to the tour and our group will take in some of the sights. A personal favourite is Kyoto, the ancient capital, and a deeply religious place. 768w, 1024w" sizes="(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px">

It is also a place that brings home some of the things that mankind is not so proud of, the atomic bomb. I recommend a visit to Hiroshima for a poignant reminder of the horror of war and devastation it brings. 768w, 1024w" sizes="(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px">


Finally, there’s plenty of great food to try and taste. I am pleased to announce that Japan has pizza and pasta and Hagen Daas ice cream, but the local cuisine is very special and well worth a try! 768w, 1024w" sizes="(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px">

Contact me for further information or questions about traveling to Japan to take in the tour.

S A Partners will be running a one week study tour to Japan next April.

Japan Lean Experience 2018

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By: Richard Steel
Posted: October 29, 2017, 1:56 am

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