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Kaizen, the concept of continual, regular improvement, was introduced to Japan in the 1950′s by William Edwards Deming < http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/W._Edwards_Deming
Kaizen < http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kaizen
> : For the pioneering, introduction, and implementation of Kaizen in Japan, the Emperor of Japan awarded the 2nd Order Medal of the Sacred Treasure to Dr. Deming in 1960.
Consequently, the Union of Japanese Science and Engineering (JUSE) instituted the annual Deming Prizes for achievement in quality and dependability of products.
On October 18, 1989, JUSE awarded the Deming Prize to Florida Power & Light Co. (FPL), based in the US, for its exceptional accomplishments in process and quality control management. FPL was the first company outside Japan to win the Deming Prize.
It wasn't a Ford Motors executive, but Deming who introduced the PDCA or Plan-Do-Check-Act as well as the TPS or Toyota Production System, known for kaizen, where all line personnel are expected to stop their moving production line in case of any abnormality and, along with their supervisor, suggest an improvement to resolve the abnormality which may initiate a kaizen.
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