Toyota Australia today announced plans to cut 350 jobs at its Altona manufacturing plant, in what it is referring to as a “response to operating conditions.”
Toyota is an ordinary company, after all… In 2010, they mishandled a quality problem; today, they are laying off people. In 1950, when Kiichiro Toyoda laid off Toyota employees, he resigned as CEO. The article here does not suggest in any way that the CEO of Toyota Australia is likewise falling on his sword.
Another reason to call what we do Lean rather than TPS is that we have some control over how Lean evolves.