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Date(s) – 16/09/2020 – 17/09/2020
9:00 am – 4:30 pm


Riga, Latvia


Lean Leadership Training in Riga, Latvia

* Due to travel restrictions relating to COVID-19, this program has been suspended for 2020.

Dates: Wednesday 16th – Thursday 17th September 2020
Seminar Location:
Riga, Latvia

Fee: EUR 990 excl. VAT
Discount available for two or more participants from the same company

On the back of a successful Lean Leadership Master Class held in Riga over the past two years, Shinka Management and Latvian partner Bizef will again be holding this course in 2020.

The Lean Leadership Master Class is a unique opportunity to learn the key fundamentals of the Toyota Production System from a leading TPS practitioner and trainer. As a Toyota factory manager and lean leader, Kazumasa Hattori has built a 35 year career as a Toyota Production System Sensei fostering TPS within Toyota, its supply-chain, and more recently within global industry.

View the video from a recent Lean Training Course…

Hattori Sensei

The lean training will be led by Hattori Sensei, a former manager at the Toyota factory in Japan responsible for the manufacture of the Toyota HiAce vehicle, and a factory manager at one of the Toyota Group’s major parts suppliers. Now retired as a factory manager, Hattori Sensei is a senior consultant with Shinka Management and a trainer at the Toyota Dojo (Toyota training facility) of that Toyota factory, providing kaizen training courses for companies in Toyota’s supply chain. Hattori Sensei is also a leader of Shinka Management’s Lean Japan Tour held several times annually in Japan.

Kazumasa Hattori TPS Sensei

In addition to his senior management roles with Toyota, Hattori Sensei has worked in logistics, press shop and paint shop environments within the Toyota Group’s Gifu Auto Body. His strengths lie in implementing cost reduction programs, productivity improvements, quality kaizen and logistics optimisation through the application of TPS principles.

Who is this for?

This master class is designed for senior managers and lean practitioners based in Latvia or neighboring countries interested in fostering a culture of continuous improvement within their organisation. You will learn first-hand about how process improvement is achieved within Japan’s leading companies, and more importantly, how to implement these practices within your operations.

Particularly relevant sectors include manufacturing, food and beverage, mining, wholesale & retail trade, logistics and transport.

Topics Covered

This two-day lean leadership training will focus on the application of lean principles and the Toyota Production System (TPS) to sectors outside of automotive. The course will go beyond theory to discuss how lean thinking can be implemented and sustained within a company.

Day One
- Introduction to TPS
- 5S and Waste Reduction
- Levelled Production
- Japanese factory video tour #1
- Kaizen and the Role of Management

Day Two
- Standard Work
- Japanese factory video tour #2
- Just-In-Time production
- Jidoka
- Kanban and conveyance
- Hands-on Process Improvement Challenge

The course includes an overview of the operations at the Toyota HiAce factory and a Toyota supplier factory in Japan, including video tours.

All participants receive training materials and a certificate of completion.

BizefThe Lean Leadership Master Class is run in partnership with our Latvian partner:


Please complete the registration form below, or on the bottom of the Kaizen Foundation Series page. Our partner company in Latvia, Bizef, will follow up with a confirmation and an invoice for registration. For questions or initial registrations of interest, please contact us or alternatively contact Nora Freimane at Bizef via email: nora [at]