kaizen

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Japanese 改善 (kaizen かいぜん), from Middle Chinese 改善 (kój-dʒjén) (compare Mandarin gǎishàn 改善), from Old Chinese 改善 (*qˁəʔ-ɡenʔ "to correct errors"), from ("to change") + ("good").

Introduced to English in 1959, by Boyé Lafayette De Mente, in his book Japanese Etiquette and Ethics in Business.

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Noun[edit]

kaizen (plural kaizens)

  1. a Japanese business practice of continuous improvement in performance and productivity
  2. continuous improvement in a general way

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Romanization[edit]

kaizen

  1. rōmaji reading of かいぜん