To Those Top Managers Who Are Thinking of Applying the Toyota Principles to Make a Wonderful Operation

Takehiko Harada

Looking back at the last 42 years of my life, starting with my joining Toyota, then being head of the factory engineering department in the Honsha plant, then becoming the acting CEO of Toyota’s Taiwan Motors, and finally being the president of Chuo Spring Ltd., I see myself as following Ohno’s teachings faithfully. For the last 10 years, I have been using the Toyota Production System as a pillar of management and have been a missionary in telling people how wonderful it can be when one applies TPS to one’s operations. ...

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