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Japanese Quality Terms

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  • Kaikaku
    Revolutionary change. Where kaizen is generally evolutionary in nature, kaikaku requires radical shifts in thinking.
  • Muda
    Non-value added, usually translated as waste.
  • 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).
  • 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.
  • Pokayoke
    Mistake proofing or error proofing.