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Japanese Quality Terms

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  • Jidoka
    Autonomation. The ability of production lines to be stopped in the event of problems.
  • Muri
    It means unreasonableness or overexertion.
  • Genchi Genbutsu
    Means go and see for yourself. Go see the problem.
  • Hansei
    Hansei is a Japanese term that loosely translates to self-reflection.
  • Genjitsu
    Japanese word meaning 'real facts'. 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).
  • 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.