The strong intrinsic which Japanese manufacturing industry has ４
I believe the traditional Japanese manufacturing way is still strong. I will write about this matter.
When Japanese manufacturing industry suddenly made a world debut and surprised the world with its high quality products, in Japan both the president and employees are working together on shop-floors to make products which make the customers happy. I found that kind of atmosphere when I read the biographies of Kohnosuke Matsushita the founder of Panasonic, Soichiro Honda the founder of Honda Motors, and Masaru Ibuka the founder of Sony. They work together with employees and got the best total solution.
I am sure that this type approach is still important and useful management skill now. It is different from the Western top-down approach. It is done by all the people through Kaizen and these continuous small Kaizen makes big change in management.
Question: Do you see any difference between the manufacturing long time ago and now in your company?
The strong intrinsic which Japanese manufacturing industry has 3
Last time, I wrote that the manufacturing in Japan is different from that of Europe and the United States, but what is the strength of Japan? I will talk about that this time.
Japan is said that it lost the strength because of the digitization, which increased the modular type manufacturing and it does not require high skill to assemble which Japan was good at.
In the analogue era, Japan showed the strength in assembling the complicated products. But I think that the strongest skill of Japanese manufacturing is the power of getting ideas and motivation by getting together on shop-floor.
Question: Do you sometimes communicate freely with the people from all departments and positions in your company?
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I think that Japanese way of manufacturing is different from that of Western way. This time, I will write about it.
Production of one product always involves all departments of the company. It is unlikely that you do everything from planning to sales, production, delivery, and payment collection by yourself.
If the people from all the departments relating a product get together on production shop floor and start talking about it, I am sure that you will get many excellent ideas. The people from marketing, design, sales, purchase, production, inspection and delivery department get together. The ideas will support the management of the company. This unique approach by Japanese companies is bottom up approach and very different from the Western top down approach.
Question: Does your company have opportunities for people in various departments to talk about products together?