JapanMarch 30-April 4, 2025

FocusIn: Japan Operational Excellence Benchmarking will be held in Japan in May 2025.

The event will be hosted by FocusIn to provide a wide range of expertise and insight. We will lead a multi-day workshop on manufacturing best practices, improvement philosophy, and systems development.

Site tours will be held at a variety of operating facilities, including global manufacturers.

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Registration - $6,995 per Seat

  • Visits to world-class plants and facilities
  • Seminars and workshops
  • Welcome & closing dinners
  • 5 Hotel nights (Sunday - Friday)
  • Local Transportation (Charter bus & Shinkansen train)
  • Breakfast & Lunch
  • *Participation fee does not include airfare, travel insurance, and personal expenses (own dinners and optional activities).

Why Japan?

This environment offers a unique operating landscape in which to learn. Japan is one of the world's leading industrialized economies, and there are many companies to benchmark. We will use this backdrop during the event to offer proximity to site visits with globally leading brands.

Past Event Agenda (2025 tour agenda is pending)We are pleased to offer a blend of learning experiences

Sunday
5:00pm
Target to arrive in Tokyo
5:30pm
Hotel check-in (Tokyo Asakusa NONO)
6:30pm
Welcome dinner & introductions
Monday
9:00am
Workshop session: Shinkansen cleaning gemba (subject of many case studies)
12:30pm
Transit through Tokyo
1:30pm
Welcome lunch & seminar at traditional restaurant
3:30pm
Temple Visit and Mindfulness Lesson with Shoukei Matsumoto
6:30pm
Group welcome dinner
Tuesday
6:30am
Transfer to Nagoya (Shinkansen) 
10:00am
Visit to Toyota City & Toyota Kaikan forum (production tour subject to Toyota visitor policy)
12:30pm
Lunch at Lean Sushi
2:00pm
Production Tour at Isuzu Steel
4:00pm
Debrief & transfer to Hotel (Nagoya JR Gate Tower)
5:30pm
Day 2 Close
Wednesday
9:00am
Production tour at Mifune
12:30pm
Lunch at traditional restaurant
2:00pm
Improvement workshop at Mifune
4:00pm
Debrief & transfer to Hotel
4:30pm
Executive seminar with Mr. Umemura & Amezawa
Thursday
9:00am
Production Tour at Avex
11:30am
Lunch at Shabushabu
12:45pm
Visit to Elementary School (visual mgmt. case study)
2:30pm
Facility tour at Usui Woven Fabric
4:30pm
Transit to hotel
6:30pm
Group closing dinner
Friday
9:00am
Visit to Toyota Techno Museum & closing workshop
11:30am
Lunch
12:30pm
Transit to Kyoto (Shinkansen)
1:30pm
Visit traditional gardens & temples
5:30pm
Farewell (participants are free to depart, or extend their stay)

Event Highlights

Site Visits at Best-Practice Companies

Explore diverse operating facilities with in-depth tours and workshops.

After each tour will be a group debrief:

  • Group Observations and Question & Answer Session
  • Learn from the unique perspectives of facilitators and fellow participants
  • Group Discussion comparing elements of engaging a workforce and developing a culture of continuous improvement

Event Learning Objectives

Experience the unique Japanese Culture, get a deeper understanding of values like respect, cleanliness, and discipline, and how these are embedded in day-to-day life and work environments.

  • Kaizen training with Japanese sensei: learn core concepts of the Kaizen philosophy direct on the shop-floor
  • Visit several mature Kaizen companies and learn firsthand from their leadership
  • See elements of the Lean principles in real life, like visual management, standard work, and problem-solving

Group Networking and Events

We will take advantage of the unique location during the event to offer several group networking opportunities. We will offer group dinners during the event to promote collaboration between participant companies. Each evening, we will also offer plans to enjoy the local culture.

Guest Information

Hotel Accommodation
5 nights (Sunday - Friday)

Central locations will allow for co-located hotel accommodation and learning sessions in the heart of each city. This will also offer proximity to restaurants, bars, and other attractions.

We will provide additional information regarding local attractions during the event.