Japanese Quality Terms

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  • Hansei
    Hansei is a Japanese term that loosely translates to self-reflection.
  • Mizusumashi
    A water spider or 'mizusumashi' in Japanese is a person who has a prescribed set of tasks to keep materials in stock at the point of use in production areas.
  • Muri
    It means unreasonableness or overexertion.
  • 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.
  • 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).
  • Pokayoke
    Mistake proofing or error proofing.