The original company was established in 1951 under their former name of the Kokusai Kyouti Kougyo Co. and was renamed in 1957 as the Yamato Motor Co. It currently employs 130 staff.
When the motor boat racing law was then introduced, they developed the first Japanese made racing motor based a Mercury design and have, ever since, been producing about 1,700 motor boats, propellers and engines per year for the pari-mutuel motor boat race.
Bench testing motors under load.
Model 321 motors awaiting final inspection.
Race boats are still manufactured by the tradional method.
The test tank facility
It's hard work in the polishing department
Part of the extensive boatbuilding workshop.
Race boats fresh from the paint shop.
Employees restaurant and fitness area.
Photos by Mike Ward
About 100 motors ready for dispatch to the stadiums.