â€œWe need to become more solid and get back to basics, to sharpen our manual skills and further develop them,â€ said Kawai, a half century-long company veteran tapped by President Akio Toyoda to promote craftsmanship at Toyotaâ€™s plants.
An eminently logical move: monozukuri (the art of making things) leads to kaizen (continuous improvement).
â€œWe cannot simply depend on the machines that only repeat the same task over and over again,â€ Kawai said. â€œTo be the master of the machine, you have to have the knowledge and the skills to teach the machine.â€
In addition to high quality automobiles I hope Toyota exports its monozukuri culture.