Goodbye Tokyo! It’s been fun so far… a lot of fun actually, but our time in Tokyo is coming to an end. I’ll admit, I’ve been a little behind in blogging, so I’d like to take this time to catch up a little, and recap some of the highlights of the trip.
On Wednesday, we had a chance to visit a Hino Truck factory – a member of the Toyota group that is responsible for manufacturing larger trucks for materials transport. This tour was right out of our recently completed Operations class, where we had a chance to see things like kaizen, kanban systems and the more minute facets of Lean and JIT manufacturing in action. Their system was so refined, that it took them only about 10 minutes from start to finish to put together one of their trucks on the assembly line. This was definitely the right way to start the three week long trip, and really showed how the classroom aspect of the MIM program fit into practical application.
Since then, we’ve actually had a fair amount of free time, and have gotten a chance to explore Tokyo on our own. A small group and myself had a chance to check out the Imperial Palace, Shinjuku, Shibuya, Asakusa, Harajuku and Roppongi. While this was definitely a whirlwind tour, it has been nice to see the sights, and I think I speak for everyone when I say that there was a definite sense of satisfaction in successfully navigating the Tokyo rail system (thanks in part to the language skills acquired and honed in the MIM program!).
All that’s left to do in Japan is check out of our hotel and then fly out for Seoul!