Lean Japan Alumni Tour – October 2024 – Kyushu
Inviting all alumni of the Lean Japan Tour to return to Japan to experience an all-new program.
Past participants of the Lean Japan Tour are invited to join Shinka Management in the beautiful southern island of Kyushu for the Lean Japan Alumni Tour. A completely new selection of company visits has been arranged in the prefectures of Fukuoka and Oita.
Also joining us for this special event will be Akinori Hyodo, the former manager of the Toyota HiAce plant. He will lead seminars and plant visit discussions throughout the week.
The tour will be held on Sunday 6th through Saturday 12th October, and will include kaizen seminars and visits to a variety of factories and organizations for site visits and meetings with senior management.
Example Itinerary (subject to change)
Sunday: Arrive Fukuoka
- Free time in Fukuoka
- Orientation & Seminar with former Toyota factory manager
Monday: Fukuoka – Site Visits & Training
- Toyota Kyushu Lexus factory visit
- Seminar with former Toyota factory manager
Tuesday: Saga & Fukuoka – Site Visits & Training
- Nissan Kyushu factory visit
- Daihatsu Kyushu factory visit
Wednesday: Oita- Site Visits & Training
- Omron Taiyo electrical components factory visit
- Toto Sanitechno Nakatsu factory visit
Thursday: Oita – Site Visits
- Fundokin miso factory visit
- Fundokin salad dressing factory visit
Friday: Oita – Site Visit & Debriefing
- Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal factory visit
- Oita City Government
Saturday: Oita – Recovery and Sightseeing
- Oita sightseeing
- Departure from Fukuoka Airport
What our tour participants have said…
Amazing Tour. Great experience to see and share with Japanese managers. I learned a lot about their culture, their way to think, to work and to improve by themselves. Great moments during training and after work. Thanks a lot. We will return back home with a new eye and mindset.
I would like to give my deepest thanks for helping us end the executive program on a high note. This week has summarized TPS / VPS in a very practical and eye-opening manner. The lean journey has become real and exemplified through the many visits we have done. The coaching by Hattori Sensei, and by…
I had several projects that I had been procrastinating on. They seemed too big, too complicated and I was actually struggling to know where to start. Without a word of a lie, after the first day I came back to my hotel room and wrote up the backbone of my strategy using the skills I…
Personally and professionally I found the week extraordinarily rewarding – not only as a fantastic Lean Japan Tour but as a cultural experience not to be missed. Imagine if you will… taking a group of people you had never met before, under your wing, in one of the most crowded cities in the world. Plenty…
The TPS methodologies and learnings were exceptional. Shinka management ensured the tour was clearly defined. The teachings from expert senseis were effective, and they shared their knowledge and experience of the kaizen and 5S models. A must attend tour for people who are seeking improvements in business and culture. Thank you Shinka management!
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