Message from the chairman
We are living in a time of change. We must improve productivity in order to achieve growth and maintain the vitality of the Japanese economy against a backdrop of accelerating globalization, an increasing use of IT, a rapidly aging society and a decreasing population.
We must steadily reform rigid regulations, expand the fields in which the private sector plays a major role, promote innovation and create new demand. We also have to improve competitiveness in the global economy.
The Japan Productivity Center promotes increasing employment, cooperation and discussions between labor and management, as well as the fair distribution of the fruits of productivity improvement under its Three Guiding Principles of Productivity. This activity will be further enhanced to cover productivity improvement in areas beyond industry with the participation of labor and management, academic experts, politicians and bureaucrats. We ask you for your kind support and cooperation.
Labor productivity statistics is updated (November 28, 2016)
Labor productivity growth was up in Manufacturing (+0.4%). On the other hand, Labor productivity growth of Service Industry (-2.1%) was down.
Lean Thinking Executive Journey to Japan (October 27 to 28, 2016)
Two days of study mission tour, after lecture and exercise of TPS, has been conducted in Kanto area. The delegates are from Italian manufacturing companies. The objective is to observe lean implementation in Japanese various factories.
The seminar to share the experience of 1st semester of WISE Project was held in Hanoi, Vietnam and 92 people have participated. (October 27, 2016)
JPC cooperated with VNPI has held the open seminar to report the 1st semester of WISE project at Candle hotel in Hanoi on October 27th. Local members have reported the processes and results of WISE activities while the representative of local pilot companies have shared the experience.
Singapore Institute of Technology Japan Tour (October 20, 2016)
One day of study mission tour has been conducted for the student and staff of Singapore Institute of Technology. They have visited 1 manufacturing companies and got lecture by 1 service company, following the visit to its store.
Study Mission from Republic of China (Taiwan) "FOOD CHANNEL IN JAPAN 2016" (September 2 to 3, 2016)
Two days of study mission tour has been conducted, after three days of exhibiting Taiwan food at Tokyo Big Sight, Gaishoku Business Week 2016, Japan's Largest Restaurant Business Show. The delegates are from Taiwan food companies. The objective is to observe various food channels in Japan, has been conducted. The delegates are from Taiwan food companies. The objective is to observe various food channels in Japan.
Practical KAIZEN in "RICOH IMAGING PRODUCTS (VIETNAM) CO., LTD." has been studied by the local members of WISE Project in Hanoi, Vietnam. (July 15, 2016)
The Vietnamese members and Japanese coaches for Workplace Improvement & Satisfaction of Employees project in Hanoi has visited "RICOH IMAGING PRODUCTS (Vietnam) CO., LTD." on July 15, 2016 to understand how the Kaizen methods they have learned are implemented in the best practice company and how to apply for their Kaizen work.
Thailand Study Trip on Japan Quality Award: JQA (June 20, 2016)
Lecture on a better understanding of the Japan Quality Award and its practical approaches for the higher management maturity level was carried out on June 20, 2016.
"The Project for Workplace Improvement & Satisfaction of Employees in Hanoi region, Vietnam" has been commenced in Hanoi, Vietnam, as part of JICA Partnership Program. (June 20, 2016)
This 2 years Project focuses on the employee satisfaction and supports workplace improvement of the local 16 pilot companies to enhance productivity in Hanoi region, Vietnam.
Japan FOOMA Study Mission to improve F&B business process (June 6 to 10, 2016)
Five days of intensive observational study mission tour has been conducted. The objective is to observe practical management and best practice for Food Service Business in Japan meanwhile attending the FOOMA exhibition.
Observational Study Mission from Singapore "CONSULTANCY TRAINING PROGRAM IN JAPAN 2016" (June 6 to 10, 2016)
Five days of observational study mission tour has been conducted. The objective is to observe practical management and best practice for Retail and Food Service Business in Japan.
Observational Study Mission from China on "Formulating and Implementing Management Strategies against Economic Stagnation" (April 4 and 5, 2016)
A Chinese group of executives and their advisors took lectures on creating and implementing management strategies and visited two Japanese companies on April 4 and 5, 2016.
Certified Productivity Consultant Program 2016 has begun in Singapore (April 2 to September 27, 2016)
CPC (Certified Productivity Consultant) Program, which aims to train the consultants specialized for food and retail business, has started as the 4th round of the year.
In-Plant Practice of JICA Training Course in Sankou Seiki Co., Ltd. (January 18 to March 3, 2016)
JICA Knowledge Co-Creation Program (Group and Region Focus) on Practical Corporate Management for Productivity Improvement, hosted by JICA was implemented.
"Productivity Consultancy Trainers Training in Mekong Region with Socio-Economic Focus" was accomplished in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam (January 29, 2016)
Vietnam National Productivity Institute (VNPI) and JPC finalized the Productivity Consultancy Training as Japan ASEAN Solidarity Fund (JASF) project. The graduation ceremony was held on January 29 and attended by total 22 trainees.
India Observational Study Mission on "Zero Defect Manufacturing in SMEs" (December 7 to 8, 2015)
Lectures and 2 factory visits on a better understanding of the productivity improvement and its practical approaches for the higher quality of the products from December 7 to 8, 2015.
Indonesian Minister of Manpower visits JPC (September 7, 2015)
Indonesian Minister of Manpower, H.E. Mr. Hanif Dhakiri, visited JPC on September 7th, 2015.
"Productivity Consultancy Trainers Training in Mekong Region with Socio-Economic Focus" has commenced in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam (June 15, 2015)
Vietnam National Productivity Institute (VNPI) and JPC opened the Productivity Consultancy Training as Japan ASEAN Solidarity Fund (JASF) project. The training is attended by total 26 trainees, 3 from Cambodia, 2 from Lao PDR, 1 from Myanmar and 20 from Vietnam.
Brunei takes interest in Japan's Productivity Movement (June 11, 2015)
JPC's Head of Global Management Center Kuroda gives presentation on Productivity at Monthly Forum for Permanent Secretaries in Brunei Darussalam.
Observational Study Mission from Singapore "CONSULTANCY TRAINING PROGRAM IN JAPAN 2015" (June 8 to 12, 2015)
Five days of observational study mission tour has been conducted. The objective is to observe practical management for Retail and Food Service Business in Japan.
JPC signs MOU with China Association of Productivity Promotion Centers (CAPPC) (May 22, 2015)
JPC Executive Director Okawa signed the Memorandum of Understanding on Bilateral Productivity Collaboration with CAPPC, Peoples' Republic of China.
Sri Lanka Observational Study Mission on "Quality Customer Service through Productivity Enhancement" (May 21, 2015)
Sri Lanka Observational Study Mission on "Quality Customer Service through Productivity Enhancement"
JPC Executive Director gives speech at 2015 Asia Pacific SMEs Innovation Service Chain Forum in Beijing (May 6, 2015)
JPC Executive Director Okawa stressed the importance of process innovation for driving product innovation and creation of knowledge sharing organizational culture.
JPC President signs MOU with Mongolian Productivity Organization (MPO) (April 28, 2015)
Japan Productivity Center signed the Memorandum of Understanding on Bilateral Productivity Collaboration with Mongolia.
JPC' s 60th anniversary commemorative symposium & party (March 2, 2015)
Prime Minister Mr. Shinzo Abe, announcing the launch of "Nihon Service Award" in his speech delivered at JPC' s 60th Anniversary Reception on March 2.
Observational Study Mission from Singapore "Lean Management for Retail Business" (March 2 to 6, 2015)
Five days of observational study mission tour has been conducted. The objective is to learn "Lean management" to improve retail business process.
In-plant Practice of JICA Training Course in Sasaki Co., Ltd. (January 19 to March 5, 2015)
The Group Training Course on Practical Corporate Management for Productivity Improvement, hosted by JICA was implemented.
Executive Director of Thailand Productivity Institute (FTPI), Dr. Santhi Kanoktanaporn visits JPC (February 27, 2015)
Dr. Santhi Kanoktanaporn, the Executive Director of FTPI assumed his position in October, 2014, firstly visited the JPC office.
Seminars for Japanese Managers at Industrial Parks in Vietnam (November 19 to 21, 2014)
Half-day seminars for Japanese managers on “How to conduct effective local management” at three industrial parks close to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam from November 19 to 21.
Visit of Delegate from Ethiopian Kaizen Institute to JPC (November 5, 2014)
"Secret of Success- Kaizen Culture Created in Ethiopia" (English translation of the article on Productivity News - 5th November 2014 edition)
KAIZEN Institute of Zambia (KIZ) Consultants visits JPC (October 15, 2014)
Mr. Chola Abel Mwitwa, Interim CEO of KIZ and 7other consultants have visited JPC on October 15th.
Vietnam Observational Study Mission on Productivity & Quality improvement
(October 8, 2014)
The study mission was sent to Japan Productivity Center (JPC) with the support from Asian Productivity Center (APO).
Human Resource Development Conference in Ho Chi Minh City (August 28, 2014)
The Japan Productivity Center has conducted the Human Resource Development Conference in Ho Chi Minh City.
OJT Training on Kaizen for Far Eastern Parts of Russia (July 15, 2014)
The training hosted by Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA), Japan was implemented in Tokyo, Kanagawa, and Yamanashi from 14 to 19 July.
APO Training Course on Management Consultancy with Special Focus on Green Productivity (June 23, 2014)
The training course hosted by METI, APO, and JPC was implemented in Japan from 15 to 28 June.
The seminar on "The trait of Vietnamese workers and effective practices of hiring and training" (June 17, 2014)
The seminar on "The trait of Vietnamese workers and effective practices of hiring and training" was held in Japan Productivity Center (JPC) of Shibuya, Tokyo on June 17, 2014.
Observational Study Mission from Singapore (June 17, 2014)
The participants of the Observational Study Mission from Singapore visited Japan from June 9-13.
CEO Productivity Study to Japan from Singapore Chinese Chamber of Commerce & Industry (SCCCI) (April 25, 2014)
The participants of CEO Productivity Study from SCCCI visited Japan from 20 to 24 April.
2013 Fourth JCSI Report (December 11, 2013)
The Service Productivity & Innovation for Growth (SPRING) announced the result of the fourth 2013 Japanese Customer Satisfaction Index (JCSI) survey.
2013 Third JCSI Report (October 30, 2013)
The Service Productivity & Innovation for Growth (SPRING) announced the result of the third 2013 Japanese Customer Satisfaction Index (JCSI) survey.
2013 Survey on the New Recruit's Perception of Work
(June 27, 2013)
The Japan Productivity Center (Mr. Masayoshi Matsukawa, President) published "2013 Survey on the New Recruitfs Perception of Work."