Lean Management System – LEVEL 2 – Japan Study Tour

12 – 20 November 2022 – LEVEL 2

Due to new covid restrictions we can advise on flights but not book on your behalf, pricing has been adjusted accordingly.

Join the leading Lean Training Programme in Japan this November to experience Level 2 of the Lean Management System

We are proud to offer you this unique opportunity to gain practical knowledge and experience studying with Toyota gurus for one whole week in Japan.

The Leadership System week is naturally succeeding the Production System course, by plunging into the elements that makes the production system run and develop. Here we try to answer the HOW and WHY!

“Extremely valuable training for me as a manager. This week gave me a boost to inspire and support my company further in the Lean journey. I didn’t realize how much I could actually influence the result!” Workshop Manager, Sandvik Materials Technology

To read about Toyota Kata or Lean Leadership is one thing but to really learn HOW the leaders work in daily business from shop floor to top management is another thing. What do management of people, quality, cost and delivery really imply? The purpose is to understand how leaders in Lean organizations act, both operationally and strategically. You will be guided by managers with at least 30 years of TPS experience for five intensive days of discussions, Gemba
visits and workshops, ending with a common conclusion and YWT. You will find numerous references and inspiration to continuous improvements directly applicable to your business back home. During the week in Japan, we will also find the time to enjoy Japanese culture, food and points of interest.

Study Tour Package Includes:

  • Workshops and seminars
  • Study visits
  • Hotel Accommodation for the entire duration of the study visit
  • Local transfers in Japan
  • Full board Sunday – Friday
  • Farewell dinner

Costs & To Book

  • £6,750 plus VAT, due to new covid restrictions we can advise on flights but not book on your behalf, pricing has been adjusted accordingly.
  • Onsite Host Companies: 10% Discount on all Bookings
  • Group Discount: 10% Discount on 4 or more places

Need Help or Advice?

To book or for more Information:

For full terms and conditions and for details of our Company Insurance Policy please do contact us.

Any questions  regarding the training, the travel to or within Japan – please do give us a call on +44 (0) 23 9246 8978.

The study tour is being delivered by SA Partners LLP and Onsite Insights in partnership with C2U Group.

Visit in 60 seconds / Awards

Lean Manufacturing … Company culture … Kanban … Kaizen … 5S … TPM … Visual Management … Managing full product lifecycle … Value stream mapping … Quality Problem Sheet … Five Whys? … Process flow … Environmental Management … Training & Development … Quality Control … Investor in People

Visit agenda

The training week will provide an invaluable insight into lean thinking. You will see it in action at Toyota and other leading-edge companies, where it originated and has matured over the last 100 years.

Learn the original thinking directly from former senior executives at Gifu Autobody, a Toyota-owned minivan manufacturer.  The Japanese sensei’s

(guru’s) will only teach based on real experience.

Time will be divided between the classroom, Gemba and practical workshops. The tour starts in the Nagoya region and ends in Tokyo, going from countryside to one of the largest cities in the world.

Day 1
Departure Europe

We depart from Europe and fly to Nagoya, Japan.

Day 2
Arrival and Tour Opening

Pick up/meet up in Nagoya. The training formally starts in the afternoon with an introduction to the week followed by a seminar about Japanese society, culture and business environment. The day ends with a common dinner.

Day 3

A Japanese senior manager will lead us through the way of thinking regarding leadership & management. Structure vs culture. We will also get a deep dive into Hoshin Kanri and how powerful the technique of true policy deployment is. In the afternoon we will make the first plant visit. We will be given practical examples and there will be time for Q&A and discussions.
Teamwork. Group dinner will follow

Day 4

Next day, we will study shop floor management and way of working with quality control and cost control. Operational work on a hourly and daily level. A Kaizen case is presented to us. We will visit another plant and then end the day with Q&A and reflections. Group dinner will follow.

Day 5

The fifth day will increase our knowledge of the role of support functions and supplier development. We will study an improvement case, connected to the yearly policy (Hoshin). Q&A and reflections. Group dinner will follow.

Day 6

The sixth day will take us to a full day of study visits. What are the elements needed to drive and run a result focused way of working. Q&A and reflections. Followed by our group dinner.

Day 7

The final day ends with a session of top management role and responsibility. We do final reflections and Q&A to summarize the week. We leave for Kyoto in the afternoon. Followed by farewell dinner in Kyoto.

Day 8
Sightseeing Day in Kyoto

You will end the tour with a Free day in Kyoto where we will support you with travel advice and sightseeing recommendations.

Day 9
Departure from Kyoto