By Jon Miller | Post Date: October 12, 2006 9:51 PM | Comments: 1
You know Toyota Production System has hit the big time in Japan when there's an English language learning book out based on TPS. It's titled "Mastering the Toyota Production System through English Speech Practice" by Matsuzaki Hisazumi. If only it were that easy!
Here are 20 phrases from the book (out of 60 listed) that offer side-by-side Japanese and English TPS vocabulary. Even if you don't speak Japanese you can impress people by writing down these words. I take issue with translations 3, 6 and 8 and 19 we normally call Standard Work in Process. But who will know?
1．トヨタ生産方式 The Toyota Production System
Sample phrases used to learn English include "The Toyota production system also strengthens quality assurance in every production process." and "The essence of the Toyota production system can be adapted to the operations of many other industries."
I chuckle to imagine the TPS version of the Monty Python tobacconist sketch happening in a shop in some Midwestern town with a Japanese factory nearby.
Even if you are already fluent in English, these are useful phrases. Now repeat after me, "The essence of the Toyota production system can be adapted..."Comments are moderated to filter spam and inappropriate content. There may be a delay before your comment is published.