About Process Improvement Japan

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Who We Are

Kozo Sakano
Specialty: The Toyota Production System
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In 1985, Mr. Sakano established Excel International Inc., Institute of Culture, Communication and Business Consulting in Nagoya, Japan. He has served clients primarily in the Japanese manufacturing industry and specialized in developing tailor-made programs to suit individual corporate needs. Having become deeply involved in the education and training at Toyota and its group companies, Mr, Sakano specifically focuses on globalization and international operations including the study of the Toyota Production System and other plant management methodologies. Mr. Sakano has visited a number of Gemba (Production sites) all over the world. Mr. Sakano is also engaged in specialized orientations for Toyota top executives in the area of global operations strategic advice. Mr. Sakano taught Mr. Nemoto, Former President of Toyota Gosei and Executive at Toyota Motor Corporation. He has also taught a former President of Aisin. Mr. Sakano is heavily involved in process improvement research and education. He is a member of The Yamauuchi Kai Association, headed by the Vice Chairman of Aisin, focusing on the study and expansion of Total Quality Management.

Mr. Sakano, awarded the Asian and Pacific Scholarship, studied Communication at the Graduate School of the University of Hawaii.

He has lectured to business students from Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University, IPADE Buisness School (PanAmerican Institute for High Business Direction), EDHEC Business School,France, and Stockholm School of Business, Russia on TQM and Process Improvement. He has extensive contacts in the Japanese manufacturing industry. 

Mr. Sakano is the author of several educational books including:  Business leadership, Plant Communication, and The Japanese/English Industrial Dictionary. (Excel Press)

Angela Corriero
Specialty: Negotiation & Business Strategy

Angela Corriero brings 20 years of international experience, holding professional positions in numerous countries whilst investigating social, political and cultural challenges to business success and personal excellence. She has been involved in a broad range of industries: In Japan, she was mentored by the former Senior Managing Director of Toyota Motor Corporation and Chairman of Morita Enterprises (The founder of Sony Corporation's family owned 300 year old Liquor company).

Angela was employed as a Global Communications Instructor at 6 Toyota Group Companies as well as at Mitsubishi Heavy Industries. Projects included Emerging Market Economy analysis, Japan’s positioning in the context of globalization, Design thinking and Challenges in international operations management - implementing Toyota's Excellence Model cross culturally. In South Korea, Angela was employed as a Communications Instructor for South Korean Army Intelligence; In Australia, in Digital & Technology Transformation as well as Business Advisory and Development; In Ethiopia, as Process Improvement Consultant.

Angela holds a B.A in Peace and Conflict Analysis from the University of Toronto, Canada with training in the Harvard Negotiation Project. She is also a qualified trainer and assessor. Angela was trained by Toyota experts in the field and great leaders on Toyota’s business methodology & continuous improvement origins, philosophy and strategy. She has an undying passion for pursuing a fulfilling life and leading others to do the same.

Specialties: Business Growth and Innovation,Japanese Business Management & Strategy, The Toyota Production System, business process re-engineering, harnessing internal know how for business excellence & transformation, engaging teams to create optimal outcomes

Sachi Sakano, Co-ordinator, Process Improvement Japan

Sachi Sakano

Specialty: HR Development & Office Kaizen

Ms. Sakano has 5 years experience in HR Development & Training within the Toyota Group. Ms. Sakano brings her intimate knowledge of the internal operations and administrative quality control standards that have brought The Toyota Group to international repute.

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Above Photo: Angela M. Corriero left, Mr. Yasuhito Yamauchi, fmr TMC Senior Managing Director & current Aisin Seki Vice Chairman center, Kozo Sakano, right.

Above Photo: Mr. Kato, fmr President, Aisan Industries & current Mori Seki Advisor, left, with Angela Corriero and Kozo Sakano.

Below Photo: Mr. Narita, Curator, Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology, Nagoya, Japan with Angela Corriero and Kozo Sakano.

Above Photo: A model of success: Toyota supplier plant management team & engineers.

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Above Photo: Members of a first rate Toyota supplier. "This company exemplifies what TPS is all about." Kozo Sakano

We greatly respect and appreciate our friends and mentors in the Japanese manufacturing industry and Toyota Motor Corporation related companies. Their experience, knowledge and support make it possible for us to convey the Toyota Way to the world.

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