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Japanese Quality Terms

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  • Gemba
    Japanese word meaning 'real place'. It is one of the components of the 'Three Reals' meaning go to the real place (gemba) to see the real thing (gembutsu) and collect the real facts (genjitsu).
  • Genchi Genbutsu
    Means go and see for yourself. Go see the problem.
  • 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.
  • Kaikaku
    Revolutionary change. Where kaizen is generally evolutionary in nature, kaikaku requires radical shifts in thinking.
  • Jidoka
    Autonomation. The ability of production lines to be stopped in the event of problems.
  • Hanedashi
    A hanedashi device is an automatic part ejector.