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  • 1. Japanese Production Management By Momoko Takasaki, Sophia University, Japan
  • 2. Japanese Production Management • Now the second strongest economy in the world • Japan = world leader in production management Enabled Japan to achieve: • High corporate performance • High growth • High profitability © Momoko Takasaki, 2009
  • 3. Production Management shaped by Japanese Culture Characteristics: • Careful • Big risk avoider • Process-oriented • Quality matters • The Japanese manufacturing industry is heavily dependent on imported raw materials and fuels— therefore need to be efficient in production. © Momoko Takasaki, 2009
  • 4. Kaizen Definition: Advantages: • 改(kai): change, action • Eliminate the three kinds of to correct wastes: • 善(Zen): good 1. overly hard work (muri) • No drastic changes but 2. Unnecessary, unreasonable small, constant changes activities (muda) • Daily activity practiced 3. Inconsistency (mura) by everyone • Able to adjust to market • Continuous changes rapidly improvements in all • Invention of high quality functions products © Momoko Takasaki, 2009
  • 5. Just-in-Time Successful for Toyota Advantages: • Now the world's largest • Avoid double-booking auto-maker or overproducing • Inventory strategy • Reduce cost of storing • Make only what is in • Saves storage space demand, when it is in • Can react to sudden demand, in the amount market changes needed • Strong relationship ties • Successful in Japan due with suppliers to strong ties between companies and suppliers (keiretsu) © Momoko Takasaki, 2009
  • 6. Heijunka Definition: Advantages: • Production smoothing • Reduce the risk of • Leveling of the amount overproducing and the schedule of • More flexible in the production to be done production process over a certain period of • Consistent schedules time and employee work • Leveling by volume and hours product mix • Balanced use of • Maintains a steady resources and labor schedule/rhythm © Momoko Takasaki, 2009
  • 7. About This Project These slides are part of a student podcast project related to the book “J-Management: Fresh Perspectives on the Japanese Firm in the 21st Century” edited by Dr. Parissa Haghirian of Sophia University, Tokyo, Japan. For further information about the podcasts and the book, please visit www.parissahaghirian.com These slides are to be used for teaching and educational purposes only.

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