Toyota Motors Company is using its vast knowledge of production management systems and process improvements to help Japanese farmers handle their heavy workloads.
Toyota will teach its “kaizen” (continuous improvement) production system to agricultural workers in the Ishikawa prefecture’s municipalities, located on the Sea of Japan coast.
Ishikawa Governor Masanori Tanimoto first sought help from Toyota in 2014. The automaker began working with five agricultural corporations in Ishikawa, introducing its cloud-based agriculture support system. Toyota had been working with farmers since 2011, when the automaker began providing support to an agricultural corporation in central Japan, Aichi Prefecture, where Toyota’s headquarters is located.