In the distant 1878, a businessman from Japan Kawasaki, founded a shipbuilding firm. He found out from his own experience that Europeans have a much greater sense in the courts, and therefore enjoyed European shipbuilding technology. In 1896 the company expands and becomes the Docking Company.
The success of the newly formed company was associated with the receipt of large orders from the Japanese army, which eventually led the firm to the level of the main supplier of military products. Since in 1894 the Sino-Japanese War broke out. Later, in addition to the construction of ships, the company began shipping. In 1897, the first cargo-passenger vessel, named Ijomaru, was launched.
In 1901, with the beginning of the Russian-Japanese War, the Navy commanded the construction of Kawasaki submarines. Although they had already been provided with already developed drawings, Kawasaki engineers adopted several other technical solutions.
In 1908, a 100-ton Yodo ship, created at the private Kawasaki shipyard, marked the beginning of large shipbuilding.
By the beginning of the twentieth century, the company expanded its activities and started producing locomotives, passenger and freight cars, as well as steam turbines.
In 1907 the first locomotive was produced, with a bunker for coal. After that, the Ministry of Japan expressed its respect and recognition of the Kawasaki company, which greatly influenced the further development of rail services.
By the 1920s, Kawasaki had completely mastered the steel rolling technology and started producing aircraft and spare parts. In 1922, the first metal airplane was assembled at the Hyogo plant. By 1930-1940-m years, the company seriously engaged in the truck-building and the production of spare parts.
In the 1950s, the first experimental motorcycle engine was assembled at the Kawasaki plant. Later, a two-stroke engine with a displacement of 58 cm3 was produced, which was intended for installation on bicycles. Motorcycle debut for the company Kawasaki took place in 1957, with the release of the model Meihazu125. Later, the company released a racing motorcycle Kawasaki 125 B8, which won a gold medal at the championship in Japan.