Joining Hands, Changing Lives

Aired: November 21, 2014


In Ethiopia, "KAIZEN" [改善] a movement of improvement in quality and productivity at the production site has been proceeding in earnest as one of their national strategy. KAIZEN is the tool which was the driving power of Japan's business management, developed during its high economic growth period.
Since KAIZEN does not need to use any expensive equipment or investment in order to raise company workers motivation, teamwork and improvement of their morale, many countries around the world has been taking in.

Staff members of the Ethiopian KAIZEN Institute, EKI, make the rounds at each production sites teaching the tool of "5S",Sort, Set, Shine, Standardize, and Sustain to the workers on the job site.
Japan International Cooperation Agency, JICA is sending out KAIZEN experts from Japan to EKI, teaching them the technique of KAIZEN through on-the-job training.
The program features on two Japanese experts, Hideo Sonoda and Nobuo Kanai, working at the state operated sugar beet factory and private-owned sewing plant, together with local consultants at EKI.


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