Masaaki Imai Speaking Appearances in 2012

Masaaki Imai had made speaking appearances in 2012 on the following dates:

  • April 16-20: Portugal
  • April 24-25: Netherlands (download PDF)
  • May 21-16: China
  • June 7-8: Canada
  • June 11-15: USA (Details here)
  • November TBD: Poland

To receive more information about upcoming events, please contact us.

North America Tour Highlihts, Summer 2011

During the summer of 2011 Masaaki Imai visited North America to give a series of lectures and to join local company leaders on gemba walks. Please see details of the 2011 event, which included visits to factories, hospitals, non-profit organizations and offices, all committed to kaizen. Read more and view the 2011 USA Tour slideshow >

Keynote Speech and Gemba Walks in the UK

In November 2011 Masaaki Imai visited the United Kingdom to keynote the Manufacturing Director's Conference in Manchester. He went on gemba walks to Kaizen Institute customers AstraZeneca and Siemens. He also addressed an audience of healthcare directors and managers from the AQuA (Advancing Quality Alliance) Network in Bolton, encouraging them to renew their commitment to improving patient safety, quality and cost.

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June 2011 Interview Video with Masaaki Imai

Masaaki Imai honoured with 1st Fellowship of Quality Council of India

It’s a moment of great honor for all of us in the Kaizen Institute family that Imai-san was honored with the First ever Fellowship of Quality Council of India, on 19 February 2010 in New Delhi, during the QCI Annual Conclave and by the Chief Minister of Delhi. He was the first Fellow of the council to receive such a great recognition.
QCI is the apex quality body of the Government in India, and also an accreditation and certification body.

The QCI Annual Conclave was attended by 800 corporate executives, bureaucrats and politicians, along with national media coverage.

Masaaki Imai Inaugurates Waikato Lean Gemba Academy

Auckland, New Zealand

Kaizen Institute New Zealand, in partnership with Skills4Work and Stainless Design, has established the Lean Gemba Academy as a world class lean training center. Training is delivered by Lean experts at Stainless Design facility, now 5 years on their Lean journey. This allow trainees to become immersed in the Lean culture. In April of 2011 Masaaki Imai made a visit to New Zealand for the grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony. Read more >

Masaaki Imat at IndiZen 2010

The first National Convention on Operational Excellence

Pune, India

Interview with Masaaki Imai by the "Scuola Nazionale Servizi" in Italy

Watch the interview by the Scuola Nazionale Servizi with Masaaki Imai on KAIZEN in the Service Sector (25.50 minutes, bi-lingual English/Italian)

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Interview in Quality Digest Magazine

Masaaki Imai has been a leading thinker in the field of operational excellence and continuous improvement long before it was called lean thinking. In this Quality Digest interview he gives the orthodox definition of kaizen, the importance of going to see, the balance needed in process and results, and the importance of end-to-end value stream understanding of the JIT principle. The article reads as fresh today as when it was written in 1997.

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Articles Featuring Masaaki Imai

New Japanese 25th Anniversary Edition

  • KAIZEN and Technology
  • KAIZEN in today’s business
  • KAIZEN / Lean / Green
  • KAIZEN for Government, and more

By Masaaki Imai

Gemba Kaizen: the Sequel to Kaizen

Gemba Kaizen: A Common Sense, Low Cost Approach to Management explains how waste (muda) can be removed to improve any operation, illustrated through examples and 30 case studies.

Gemba Kaizen is available from 

Kaizen: the Pioneering Book on Lean

Kaizen: The Key to Japan's Competitive Success introduced kaizen to the Western management awareness. The book outlines the 16 kaizen management practices with more than 100 practical examples. Kaizen has become essential reading for learners and leaders, and the practice of kaizen is recognized as a cornerstone of lean management worldwide.


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