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Kawasaki Heavy Industries ‘s origins go back to 1878, when Shozo Kawasaki established Kawasaki Tsukiji Shipyard in Tokyo. Eighteen years later, in 1896, it was incorporated as Kawasaki Dockyard Co., Ltd.
Shozo Kawasaki, the founder opens Kawasaki Tsukiji Shipyard (Tokyo).
Born in Kagoshima to a kimono merchant, Shozo Kawasaki became a tradesman at the age of 17 in Nagasaki, the only place in Japan then open to the West. He started a shipping business in Osaka at 27, which failed when his cargo ship sank during a storm. In 1869, he joined a company handling sugar from Ryukyu (currently Okinawa Prefecture), established by a Kagoshima samurai, and in 1893, researched Ryukyu sugar and sea routes to Ryukyu at the request of the Ministry of Finance. In 1894, he was appointed executive vice president of Japan Mail Steam-Powered Shipping Company, and succeeded in opening a sea route to Ryukyu and transporting sugar to mainland Japan.
To fulfill Kawasaki Heavy Industries ‘ mission, Kawasaki established the Kawasaki Business Vision 2020. Focusing on primarily our three business domains – Land, Sea and Air Transportation Systems, Energy & Environmental Engineering and Industrial Equipment – we provide solutions for a range of challenges our customers and society face, utilizing our exceptional products and services that leverage advanced technologies, as well as systems that combine these products and services. We are also working to reconcile the contradiction in seeking to both enrich the lives of more people and preserve the environment as we contribute to the sustainable development of our world. Over the more than 130 years since our founding in 1878, we have expended our wide-ranging business domains and developed technologies through our manufacturing efforts, and fostered a flexibility that has seen us constantly innovate and change. This is what enables us to do what only Kawasaki can do.
The Kawasaki Heavy Industries (KHI) Group comprises some 100 companies in Japan and around the globe, together forming the world’s leading industrial and technological business group.
In 2007, the Kawasaki Group established the Kawasaki Group Mission Statement to orient the group as a whole. It incorporates the Kawasaki Heavy Industries ‘s social mission for the 21st century, commonly shared values to increase Kawasaki Heavy Industries brand value, core principles to guide business activities, and actions regularly expected of each individual employee.