Toyota Exec to Meet with Obama Administration


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    It's too bad that they can't talk directly to President Obama and introduce him to the Toyota Way and lean thinking…

    Toyota Motor Corp. ‘s top-ranking U.S. executive will appear next week before the White House auto task force, a firm spokeswoman said. She said the meeting was introductory and stressed Toyota was not seeking any assistance or trying to influence the task force's strategy for the U.S. industry's restructuring. Jim Lentz, president of Toyota Motor Sales USA, will meet with the task force in Washington. “This is really an introductory visit,” said Toyota spokeswoman Martha Voss. “It is common practice for us to ‘make the rounds' when a new administration and a new Congress come into power.”

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    1. In Japan the government actively brought in executives from Toyota to streamline the postal service, reduce billions in building an international airport, and more. Copy paste, Mr. President.

    2. I would hope their discussion might broaden to include Lean’s impact in many fields beyond manufacturing, like healthcare, government (including the postal service, of course). What an opportunity…

      An introductory visit like this is a start. Let’s hope it leads to bigger things.

    3. Out of all the incentives offered to business, something should be done and or introduced so that Lean could be offered as an incentive for all American business, and beyond.
      Imagine if you will, 50 years from now a country that has focussed it’s efforts and the principals of Lean.
      Should be easy to do, look at Japans history and the effects it has had there. Should be a no brainer on our part. it will just take the right presentation given to the people that can make it happen.


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