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Share our Excitement & Join our Journey

Welcome to the travel blog of Rotary District 5580's Group Study Exchange (GSE) Team which will embark on an exciting five week goodwill / vocational exchange to Nagoya, Japan in November, 2009.

Here, our hybrid American-Canadian team of enthusiastic and adventurous young professionals, along with our lovely, talented and fearless team leader, will share cultural experiences and engage in unique vocational learning opportunities.

If you have come to this site, you are likely: a Rotarian, family member, friend or colleague of one of the team members, or... are just plain blog-curious. Either way, we encourage you to check our site often to learn about us, follow our progress as a team and of course, keep in touch as we explore Japan.

We thank Rotary in advance for the adventure of a life time and to all readers, we invite you to share our excitement and join our journey.


GSE Team Japan 2009








GSEチーム ジャパン 2009

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Panasonic Factory Tour (by Ben)

On Friday, Julie and Ben had the opportunity to visit a manufacturing plant of Panasonic. This particular division produced fans and air cleaners for the consumer and industrial markets. We started the visit with a discussion with the division president. He highlighted that even in this tough economy, Panasonic has had one particular bright spot - air cleaners. The H1N1 concerns worldwide have greatly increased demand for the air cleaner/purification units. The production floor was running full steam ahead on the units during our visit. Sorry, the units are not available in the United States...

The production floor was formerly composed of large production lines. As the market demanded smaller production lots of any given product, they switched the production floor over to having many small work cells. Each banner hanging from the ceiling is a work cell (in all there were probably about 20 of them):

At the end of each work cell, the completed product is weighed to ensure that all components were enclosed.

This area was an exact replica of the work cells. It is used for training as well as testing new methods of improving the work cell.


  1. How wonderful to finally READ your comments! Good job, Ben - I was getting worried... : )

    Love the pics - love the commentary!

  2. Hmmm - work cell: I like the concept. Not exactly a floor full of cubicles. A bit more "team-y" perhaps.