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Japanese Quality Terms

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  • Hoshi Kanri
    Goals (with targets) and means for achieving it to address business priorities and to move the organization to a new level of performance.
  • Muri
    It means unreasonableness or overexertion.
  • Heijunka
    Production leveling, means transforming the typical peaks and valleys of customer demand into something flatter.
  • Andon
    A type of visual control that displays the current state of work (i.e., abnormal conditions, work instructions, and job progress information).
  • Hansei
    Hansei is a Japanese term that loosely translates to self-reflection.
  • Kaikaku
    Revolutionary change. Where kaizen is generally evolutionary in nature, kaikaku requires radical shifts in thinking.