In my youth, in the 1960s, “Made in Japan” was a derogatory remark – accompanied by a laugh – issued upon discovering that a product came from Japan, usually a toy. Today, it is the Japanese cars and electronics that are in demand the world over, while the US automakers, all three of them, [there used to be dozens, but that’s another missive] are on the verge of bankruptcy. How did it come about that Japaneses automakers ended up making vehicles consumers want while they avoid American made autos and trucks? It all started back in 1950 with the American – Dr. Deming – teaching the Japanese quality control.
“Dr. Deming taught the basics of statistical quality control plainly and thoroughly to executives, managers, engineers and researchers of Japanese industry. His teachings made a deep impression on the participants’ mind and provided great impetus to quality control in Japan, which was in its infancy.”
From Deming’s teaching came the Deming Prize. “The Deming Prize, especially the Deming Application Prize that is given to companies, has exerted an immeasurable influence directly or indirectly on the development of quality control/management in Japan.”
HOW WAS THE DEMING PRIZE ESTABLISHED?
The late Dr. W. E. Deming (1900 – 1993), one of the foremost experts of quality control in the United States, was invited to Japan by the Union of Japanese Scientists and Engineers (JUSE) in July 1950.
Upon his visit, Dr. Deming lectured day after day his “Eight-Day Course on Quality Control” at the Auditorium of the Japan Medical Association in Kanda-Surugadai, Tokyo. This was followed by Dr. Deming’s “One-Day Course on Quality Control for Top Management,” held in Hakone. Through these seminars, Dr. Deming taught the basics of statistical quality control plainly and thoroughly to executives, managers, engineers and researchers of Japanese industry. His teachings made a deep impression on the participants’ mind and provided great impetus to quality control in Japan, which was in its infancy.
The transcript of the eight-day course, “Dr. Deming’s Lectures on Statistical Control of Quality,” was compiled from stenographic records and distributed for a charge. Dr. Deming donated his royalties to JUSE. In appreciation of Dr. Deming’s generosity, the late Mr. Kenichi Koyanagi, managing director of JUSE, proposed using it to fund a prize to commemorate Dr. Deming’s contribution and friendship in a lasting way and to promote the continued development of quality control in Japan. Upon receiving the proposal, the JUSE’s board of directors unanimously made a resolution to establish the Deming Prize.
You can read the rest of the story regarding Dr. Edward Deming and the development of Japan’s rise from “made in Japan” as being said in derision, to Japanese products off all types, being of the hisghest quality in the world here: The Deming Prize
Also, it is no wonder that the Japanese listened to Dr. Deming. There is ample reason to believe that the Japanese are descendants of Tarshish who was the son of Javan, little changed today in the form of Japan. See Japan’s Role in Biblical Prophecy and The Biblical Hebrew Origin of the Japanese People
Ford Motor Company would later adopt many of Deming’s “14 Points” Who is Dr. Edwards Deming?and institute a new quality development program “Quality is Job One” but much too late.
The US automakers refused to listen to one of their own – Dr. Deming – but the Japanese did. It took several decades, but the proverb of King Solomon – “A wise man will listen and increase learning” Proverb 1:5 – was shown to be true yet once again.