Kanban is not a campaign to bring back bottles but a manufacturing system related to JIT (just in time). A kanban is a signboard identifying traditional Japanese shops. In production, it's the card attached to components as they pass through a factory. When parts are used, it goes to the supplier signalling more to be made. With kaizen (continuous improvement) and keiretsu (business groups), kanban makes a trio of k-words that mesmerise Western industry. No room for the fourth: karoshi (death by overwork).
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