Consultant Profiles

Consulting by Nissan

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V-up

Kenji Tamaura

  • Joined Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. in 1978.
  • After positions in vehicle quality assurance and
    Total Quality Management (TQM) in plants and headquarters,
    became involved in V-up development and promotion operations
    from 2000.
  • Became a general manager of V-up promotion office.
    From 2007, as an Expert Leader, coordinated V-up expertise over
    all areas.
  • Received an award in fiscal 2013 for distinguished contributions to
    the promotion of quality management from the Japanese Society for
    Quality Control
  • Self-assessor certified by the Japan Quality Award Council.
    Certified measurer (national qualification).

Personal message

Drawing on my past experience in promotion of V-up within Nissan (in Japan and overseas), and in supporting outside clients, I always try to provide the best support based on each client’s situation.

  • Hobby: Sports and outdoor activities

V-up

Katsumi Ishii

  • Joined Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. in 1978.
  • Involved in engineering planning for body design and safety
    strategies in the development division. From 1993,
    engaged in introducing and promoting TQM activities in
    the product development division.
  • In 2001, engaged as an expert in the development,
    promotion and support of the V-up program,
    particularly the issue-setting process. Introduced V-up to China,
    and has provided services as an expert in setting and resolving of
    issues cross-functionally. Also engaged in general problem-solving,
    mainly relating to the field of Monozukuri (manufacturing).
    Has supported companies in many industries,
    including information services,
    chemical manufacturing, pharmaceuticals,
    agricultural machinery and aerospace components.

Personal message

No matter how tough an issue seems, a solution is always possible if you draw out the diverse strengths of the team and help them pull together to maximize that strength. I became a consultant because I wanted to share that feeling of elation when an problem is solved.

  • Hobbies: Motorbike or bicycle touring. Traveling around Japan to see live concerts by Tatsuro Yamashita.
  • Special skill: Making wooden furniture
  • Activities on days off: Touring (by motorbike), cycling, fly-fishing, looking after kids in my local community
  • Favorite quote: It is more blessed to give than to receive.

V-up

Shigeo Horiuchi

  • Joined Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. in 1981.
    Engaged in after-sales work.
    Posted to the Sunderland Plant in the United Kingdom
    from 1989.
  • Involved in the V-up program from 2000 and
    helped develop it in Japan and overseas.

Personal message

I have mostly been involved in developing and introducing the V-FAST program. I have been a facilitator in various situations, which is a job I love. In fact, I feel it is my calling in life. With my 18 years of experience in V-up and facilitation, I hope to share the joys of success with you.

  • Special skill: Falling asleep quickly
  • Activities on days off: Cheering for the national high-school baseball championship and strategy meetings (for work) at Omoide-Yokocho, Shinjuku West Gate area.

APW

Yuji Takeo

  • Joined Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. in 1977.
    Engaged to work related to IE in the production division
    ever since.
  • In 1991, became section chief of No. 2 Assembly Section
    (Skyline body assembly),
    Manufacturing Department, Murayama Plant. When the NPW
    (present APW) was set up in 1998,
    was appointed promotion chief,
    Douki production (Nissan Production Way).
  • Continued joint activities with parts makers,
    gave guidance on Kaizen to overseas hubs,
    and helped foster the next generation of IE experts.
  • In 2011, appointed NPW Kaizen consulting manager,
    followed by senior consultant.

Personal message

Above all, I strive to be sincere in my consulting. I remember feeling frustrated by consultants earlier in my career; they seemed to be all talk and no action. Now I enjoy the opportunities it gives me to help others. People can change and the Genba can change too.

  • Hobbies: Railway fan, classical music, male-voice choir
  • Special skill: Playing the piano
  • Activities on days off: Family, hobbies, travel
  • Favorite famous person: Ryoma Sakamoto

APW

Kazuhito Ozaki

  • Joined Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. in 1984.
    Gained experience in many departments, such as quality control,
    plant quality assurance, manufacturing and purchasing.
  • From 2002, engaged in consulting business
    in the APW Promotion Department.
  • Professional engineer (engineering management).

Personal message

I have been one of the core members in APW Kaizen consulting. I have helped many companies as a Kaizen support expert across a wide range of fields including quality improvement, indirect operations improvement, TQM promotion and creating production systems at manufacturing Genba. My track record includes consulting for non-manufacturing companies and other different lines of businesses.

  • Hobby: Alto saxophone
  • Favorite saying: Think globally, act locally.

APW

Katsumi Ito

  • Joined Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. in 1989.
    Worked on advanced technology development and
    prototype conception development
    in the Prototype Department’s Technology Division.
  • In 2004, moved to the NPW Promotion Department
    to take charge of supplier Kaizen support in current position.
  • Professional engineer (engineering management).

Personal message

I have supported many clients in Kaizen activities in my field of expertise of process management and production management in general. I always try to imagine that I am one of the client’s employees when I consider possible actions.

  • Activities on days off: Visiting DIY stores and looking at tools and materials, searching for inspiration to use in Kaizen

APW

Hitoshi Miyamoto

  • Joined Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. in 1973.
    Responsible for Genba Kanri (shop floor management) and
    training (fostering human resources) at the Yokohama Plant.
    Went on to hold various posts at the plant,
    including manufacturing manager.

Personal message

As a member of the NPW Promotion Department,
I am engaged in Kaizen activities at manufacturing Genba
for companies in Japan,
and I am highly experienced in the consulting field.
I believe that employees are the ultimate source of profit
and the Genba itself can be a training school,
which is why I support Genba Kaizen and fostering human resources.

  • Hobby: Music (jazz)
  • Special skill: Drumming (amateur only!)
  • Activity on days off: Hiking Japan’s old highways (in 2016 completed the 53 Stages of the Tokaido; in 2018 completed the old Nikko Highway walk)
  • Favorite saying: Ignorance is forgivable, indifference is worse, but pretending to know something you don’t is worst of all.

APW

Hiroyuki Asai

  • Joined Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. in 2004.
    In charge of IE, Genba management, global new-car estimates
    and standard time management at Oppama Plant and others.

Personal message

I support productivity improvement with production management
as the cornerstone.
Correct production management lets companies reduce cost
with no burden on investment through policies such as
inventory reduction, shortening of lead time and
appropriate staffing allocation.

  • Hobbies: Tennis, golf, horse-riding
  • Special skill: Karate
  • Activity on days off: Running
  • Favorite authors: Historical fiction authors like Shotaro Ikenami and Yo Tsumoto

APW

Naotoshi Ashino

  • Joined Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. in 1982.
    Engaged in starting up many engine assembly lines
    over many years, both in Japan and overseas.
    Successive appointments as manager at manufacturing Genba.
  • Also active in Genba management and human resources fields.
    As well as skills in educating supervisors and trainers,
    has various qualifications such as Grade 1 certification for
    mass production internal combustion engine assembly,
    plant maintenance and hazardous materials engineer.
    An all-round Genba management expert.
  • Engaged in Genba Kaizen training in
    the APW Promotion Department from 2016.

Personal message

We can help with any issues you may have in your manufacturing Genba.
We offer continued support for creating systems for maintenance
and management and also for fostering human resources.
And our support lasts until Genba management is thoroughly established in the workplace.

  • Hobbies: Watching sport, the cinema
  • Favorite sports: Baseball, soccer

APW

Shin Setoguchi

  • Joined Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
    in 2006 after gaining experience in a different
    automobile company in mainly corporate sales.
  • As a buyer for the Parts Purchasing Department, discovered,
    evaluated and trained overseas suppliers in China, India, Mexico
    and other countries. Posted to Thailand in 2011.
    Trained more than 80 supplier companies in
    Genba Kaizen during a three-year-period.
  • After returning to Japan, worked in the
    Yokohama Plant Engineering Section (IE)
    and APW Promotion Department.
    From 2018, engaged in APW Kaizen consulting.

Personal message

Sometimes I hear clients say “We can’t let an outsider see the state this company is in.
There’s no way we could let a consultant in here.” At Nissan, we prize diversity. In our consulting services, we aim to understand every client’s situation and find solutions with the client at a comfortable pace, not apply a one-size-fits-all program.

  • Hobbies: Tinkering with motorbikes and cars, cooking (recreating dishes from when I lived in Thailand, China and Hiroshima)
  • Special skill: Fluent in Thai (Level 5 of Practical Thai Language Proficiency Test, able to sing more than 80 Thai songs)
  • Activities on days off: I devote Saturdays to self-improvement and study Kaizen consulting. On Sundays I try to cook and do things for my family.

Maintenance

Yasuji Nomizu

  • Water quality, air, vibration, noise,
    plant environment maintenance planning.
  • 30 years of experience in
    production maintenance technology.
    Has patented multiple diagnostic techniques.

Personal message

I go to the genba and work together with clients to resolve
difficult issues with the goal of making equipment that does not break down.

  • Favorite things: Japanese sake, staying at hot springs, watching TV programs by Rui Yoshida and Shotaro Ikenami