I know many of you aren't into the whole Twitter thing, but I'm using my account (@MarkGraban) to share some photos and small batches of ideas that I come across during my trip to Japan. I'll also share them here (but keep in mind you can read Twitter without having an account there, even). That's a Toyota “partner robot” pictured above.
2023 Update – I'm going to convert these Tweets into native photos and text.
Lean thinkers will appreciate one of the wi-fi networks visible to me here in Japan — Named “Muda”
A video at the Toyota Museum gives credit to Womack, et al and their “Machine” book for spreading the word about TPS.
John Shook's book “Kaizen Express” (in Japanese & English both) was on sale in the Toyota Museum shop.
When recovery comes, front-line workers get their pay restored first, then the big boss is restored last. That's the polar opposite of US companies (lay off workers 1st).
From the Toyota visitor center: An animatronic Andon Cord Pull. It demonstrates flagging problems so help can arrive
I'm very surprised that Japan doesn't have the “Look Right” or “Look Left” curb markings like London does. I need to be careful!
It's still true that Japanese public company CEOs can only earn 20x a frontline worker (this is an unwritten rule). Small companies 10x ratio.
Me at the Toyota City visitor center. They really emphasize TPS in their exhibits, with detailed explanations. Click to zoom in and read.
Even in Toyota City, displays (and the faces you see) emphasize that this is a very global company.
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