Executive Development Mission – Honsha.ORG

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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 Gemba observations at Toyota and other Japanese organizations.

Join us for the 15th edition of the Japan EDM: May 14-19 2023

Have an immersion experience in the birthplace of Lean.


  • 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
See how Toyota produces high quality automobiles. Multiple vehicle models are manufactured on a single production line to promptly respond to customer needs. With a guided tour, visitors can see how body parts are welded onto a vehicle body and parts are assembled to form a complete vehicle.
As many as 4000 exhibition pieces – dynamic displays of original equipment, actual demonstrations by operators, instructive videos, and more. The exhibitions provide an easy-to-understand introduction to the concept of “making things.” Experience “making things” first hand and discover the wonders of “spirit of the being studious and creative”.


  • 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

SaturdayArrive in Nagoya International Airport
Check-in Hotel
SundayOptional Cultural Visits
Orientation at 4:00PM and Group Dinner
MondayAM/PMTPS Workshop
Training by veteran Toyota trainers
Monday Group Dinner
TuesdayAMMajor Motor Manufacturing Co. – Plant Visit
TuesdayPMCompany Visit
WednesdayAMSeminar by Lean Thought Leader
WednesdayPMCompany Visit
ThursdayAMCompany Visit
ThursdayPMCompany Visit
Move to Osaka or Tokyo by bullet train
Dinner on train
FridayAMCompany Visit
FridayPMSeminar, Wrap up
SaturdayCheck-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.


Your mission fees cover seven nights of hotel accommodations, all factory tours and seminars, seminar material, certificate, interpreter fees, museum tickets, tickets and most meals. All internal Japan transportation is also included. The fees DO NOT COVER airfare to and from the event.