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Toyota brings 'kaizen' production philosophy to Japan's ailing farms

NickOttensNickOttens Community ManagerBarcelona, SpainPosts: 455 admin
edited August 7 in Innovations
From Nikkei:
What does one of the world's leading automakers have in common with a farm in the countryside? Quite a bit, as it turns out.

Toyota Motor has brought its successful kaizen philosophy, which focuses on continuous improvements in efficiency, to agriculture. The company launched its Hosaku Keikaku service -- meaning a plan for a bountiful harvest -- in 2014, and it has spread to 90 farms across the country.

It could be key to helping Japan's aging farmers in the face of a severe labor shortage.

There are two main parts to the system:
  1. A cloud-based system in which workers collect data about individual fields and rice paddies using smartphones.
  2. Toyota employees coming to farms and identifying practices that are wasteful or inefficient.

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