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Executive Development Mission

Executive Development Mission

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The EDM aims to bring leaders to the next level of lean thinking by showing the role of culture awareness. Guests will understand the pure principles of Kaizen directly from Genba observations at Toyota and other Japanese organizations.

Join us for the 17th edition of the Japan EDM: May 19-24 2024

Have an immersive experience in the birthplace of Lean. With Special Advisor, Hiro Yoshiki.



  • Training by Consultants with a Toyota Motors Background
  • Seminars and Kaizen Training
  • Case Examples
  • Gemba Walks
  • Small guided groups of approximately 20 participants to lead to substantial output
  • Daily group discussions and reflection


  • To Study the Background and Structure of Toyota Production System
  • To Analyze and Solve any Problems Participant’s May have Together
  • To Have a Tour of The World’s Highest Level Factory
  • To Learn About Japanese Culture and the Background of the Toyota Production System
  • To Allow for Communication Between Fellow Seminar Members

And more…

  • Spend a day at the Dojo immersed in lean simulations and open discussions with former Toyota executives.
  • Visit the origins of lean and understand the core concepts that can only be seen at the Toyota Kaikan and Toyota Tech Museum
  • Be guided by experienced Toyota trained professionals during your weeklong mission
  • Choose to extend your study trip with a cultural tour in Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto and Nara

Typical Schedule

Day Time Program
Saturday Arrive in Nagoya International Airport
Check-in Hotel
Sunday Optional Cultural Visits
Orientation at 4:00PM and Group Dinner
Monday AM/PM TPS Workshop
Training by veteran Toyota trainers
Monday Group Dinner
Tuesday AM Company Visit
Tuesday PM Company Visit
Wednesday AM Seminar by Lean Thought Leader
Wednesday PM Company Visit
Thursday AM Company Visit
Thursday PM Company Visit
Move to Osaka or Tokyo by bullet train
Dinner on train
Friday AM Company Visit
Friday PM Seminar, Wrap up
Saturday Check-out hotel
Departure from Airport

<*> The schedule is subject to change in events such as natural disasters, company shut down or by hosting site request. Although these types of changes rarely happen, in case they do, Honsha will handle necessary arrangements and keep you informed.

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