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Surviving the Low-Growth Period

The System Raised in the High-Growth Period

TOWARD THE END of 1955, Japan entered a period of high growth rare for the time in world economics. Kanban, the operating tool of the Toyota production system, was adopted company-wide in 1962, when Japan was well into its growth. It is significant that the kanban system with its roots at Toyota coincided with this period of time.

As soon as Japan entered the high-growth period and courageously called for income doubling, Japan’s businessmen seemed to lose sight of traditional Japanese ways. They lost sight of an economy unique to Japanese business, and of the ...

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