The Japanese Automotive Industry is one of the most prominent and largest industries in the world.
Japan is home to a number of popular automotive brands, including Toyota, Honda, Nissan, Mazda and Kawasaki.
Motor vehicles, motorcycles and heavy-duty trucks manufactured by Japanese automobile companies are very popular on the Nigerian roads due to their ruggedness and availability of parts.
The country is home to a number of popular automotive brands, including Toyota, Honda, Nissan, Suzuki, Mazda, Mitsubishi and Kawasaki. Infiniti, Acura, and Lexus are luxury brands of Nissan, Honda and Toyota.
The Japanese Automotive Industry is one of the most prominent and largest industries in the world. Here are nine (9) of the founders of Japanese business conglomerates.
Toyota Motor Corporation
June 11, 1894 – March 27, 1952 (aged 57)
Kiichiro Toyoda, known primarily for founding the Toyota Motor Corporation, was a Japanese businessman and the son of Toyoda Loom Works founder, Sakichi Toyoda.
His decision to change Toyoda’s focus from automatic loom manufacture into automobile manufacturing created what would become Toyota Motor Corporation.
Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
17 November 1906 – 5 August 1991 (aged 84)
Soichiro Honda was an engineer and industrialist.
In 1948, he established Honda Motor Co., Ltd. and oversaw its expansion from a wooden shack manufacturing bicycle motors to a multinational automobile and motorcycle manufacturer.
6 November 1880 – 13 February 1967 (aged 86)
Yoshisuke Aikawa, noteworthy as the founder and first president of the Nissan zaibatsu (1931–1945), was an entrepreneur, businessman, and politician,.
Aikawa was one of Japan’s most powerful business conglomerates around the time of the Second World War.
Mazda Motor Corporation
August 8, 1875 – March 27, 1952 (aged 76)
Jujiro Matsuda was an industrialist and businessman whose company, Toyo Kogyo, led to the founding of the automobile manufacturer Mazda Motor Corporation, in 1984.
January 1, 1884 – October 29, 1949 (65 years)
Chikuhei Nakajima was a naval officer, engineer, and politician, who is most notable for having founded Nakajima Aircraft Company in 1917, a major supplier of airplanes in the Empire of Japan.
Nakajima Aircraft Company continues to the present day as the car and aircraft manufacturer, Subaru, founded 53 years ago.
Suzuki Motor Corporation
18 February 1887 – 27 October 1982 (aged 95)
Michio Suzuki was a businessman and inventor, known primarily for founding the Suzuki Motor Corporation, as well as several innovations in the design of looms.
9 January 1835 – 7 February 1885 (aged 50)
Yataro Iwasaki was an industrialist and financier known as the founder of Mitsubishi.
Today, the Mitsubishi Group, founded in 1870, is made up of about 40 individual companies without a controlling parent company.
20 May 1851 – 8 August 1916 (aged 65)
Torakusu Yamaha was a businessman and entrepreneur known as the founder of the Yamaha Corporation.
The former motorcycle division was established in 1955 as Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd., which started as an affiliated company.
Today, Yamaha Corporation is still a major shareholder with 9.92%, while Toyota owns 3.58%.
August 10, 1837 – December 2, 1912 (aged 75)
Kawasaki Shōzō was an industrialist and shipbuilder. He was the founder of Kawasaki Heavy Industries.
Today, Kawasaki Heavy Industries Ltd. manufactures motorcycles, engines, heavy equipment, aerospace and defense equipment, rolling stock and ships.