Craig Trudell, Yuki Hagiwara, and Ma Jie, The Japan Times:

“We need to become more solid and get back to basics, to sharpen our manual skills and further develop them,” said Kawai, a half century-long company veteran tapped by President Akio Toyoda to promote craftsmanship at Toyota’s plants.

An eminently logical move: monozukuri (the art of making things) leads to kaizen (continuous improvement).

“We cannot simply depend on the machines that only repeat the same task over and over again,” Kawai said. “To be the master of the machine, you have to have the knowledge and the skills to teach the machine.”

In addition to high quality automobiles I hope Toyota exports its monozukuri culture.