Mazda University: American workers study kaizen

American workers study kaizen

After a hard day at the auto plant last week, Mark Daniel and his co-workers played a couple of games of softball, then went out for pizza and a few beers. But the scene was not Detroit or any other American factory town. Instead, the unlikely site of Daniel's work and play was Hofu (pop. 120,000), a city 56 miles southwest of Hiroshima in Japan. Daniel, along with 47 other Americans who work for the U.S. subsidiary of Mazda, the third largest Japanese automaker, was finishing up a four-week stint at the firm's Hofu assembly plant. Their goal: to learn how...

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