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The Japan Study Mission Team 28 were privileged to visit Hoks. What an incredible opportunity to learn from the best!

For more information about Hoks, visit their website. For more information about the Japan Study Mission, go to this page.

Want to change your life?

Last call! We have a few spots left on the Japan Study Mission Team 29 (April 15-20). For more information, press here.

Are you ready to go on the Japan Study Mission?

We have a few spots left on Team 29 (April 15-20). For more information, press here.

Why this nun loves Japan!

When visiting a school in Japan, Paul asked the head nun about what she likes about Japan. There are additional tours of Japan coming up in April. For more information about the Japan Study Mission, go to this link.


Omotenashi means a spirit of hospitality and it is one of Paul’s favorite things about Japan.

Japan Tiny House

While in Japan for a recent Japan Study Mission, we visited a Japan Tiny House. So cool!

Lean Hotel

Paul Akers shows how easy it is to check in at the Tokyu Stay Hakata. He also shows a lot of the Lean features.

For more information on the Japan Study Mission, got to this link.

Want to see why I love Japan?

This Grocery Store is one of the stops on the Japan Study Mission. If you are serious about Lean, join me in November 2018 for the next Japan Study Mission. To learn more, go to this link.

How many walls do you see?

Check out Brad Cairns article on Woodworking Network. Here is an excerpt regarding the Japan Study Mission.

“Then came the magical moment: Paul said, “Hold on,” to the person he’s talking to, looks at me and says, “You wanna go?” I couldn’t have said, “Yes” any faster or more emphatically. He returned to his conversation and said, “I don’t know how, but we have to get one more on the trip
This was unquestionably what is referred to in the sports world as the The Sports Network turning point of my life.

I went on the Japan study-mission. It was mind-blowing. The Japanese operate at a level that we can barely comprehend, yet the principles are unbelievably simple.

While we did see some amazing factories in operation, I would say equally as important was being trapped on a bus with 25 other lean maniacs. It’s analogous to being a golfer and running into a fellow golfer at a party. Instantly you have this bond and before long it seems like you have been friends for years. Well, the experience was like that, except on steroids.”