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Hitoshi Yamada

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Hitoshi Yamada (born 1939) is a Japanese management consultant and a pioneer of cellular manufacturing. He is the founder of the Personal Education Center for Kaizen (PEC) in Gifu, Japan.[1]


Yamada was born in the Japanese city of Hashima, Gifu. He graduated from Nanzan University in 1963 and got a job working as a journalist for The Mid-Japan Economist. Starting 1971 he was mentored by Taiichi Ohno, who is known as the father of the Toyota Production System.[1] He became Ohno’s most trusted protégé and worked with him to develop new methods until Ohno’s death in 1990.[2] Yamada has continued to develop these methods, such as cellular manufacturing at companies such as Sony, Sanyo, and Canon, Inc.[3]


  • NHK, “Professional Work Methods,” Episode 84, (2008)[4]
  • NHK, “Breaking the Mold,” (2001)[3]


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Company Profile". PEC. Retrieved 8 August 2019.
  2. "Hitoshi Yamada". Lean Manufacturing and Six Sigma Definitions. Retrieved 8 August 2019.
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Breaking the Mold". NHK. 2001.
  4. "Professional Work Methods, Episode 84". NHK.

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