Definition of kaizen in English:



  • A Japanese business philosophy of continuous improvement of working practices, personal efficiency, etc.

    ‘They had heard about Stuart Ross, a veteran of the Japanese working practices of kaizen and lean manufacturing.’
    • ‘Of course, the carmaker has always moved steadily forward: Its executives created the doctrine of kaizen, or continuous improvement.’
    • ‘It was rather the extension to kaizen, with continuous improvement meetings providing the rituals of affirmation, that bonded employee representatives to the game of musical chairs.’
    • ‘Their emphasis on quality in all aspects of production is typified by the Japanese concept of kaizen, the practice of involving all employees in the search for continuous improvement.’
    • ‘I was just in Japan, where I talked about kaizen, the Japanese principle of continuous improvement.’



/ˈkīz(ə)n/ /ˈkaɪz(ə)n/ /ˈkīˌzen/ /ˈkaɪˌzɛn/


Japanese, literally ‘improvement’.