Kawasaki Motorcycles say’s, “let the good times roll”, but not in Japan

"Let the good times roll", yeah, right

“Let the good times roll”, yeah right…

As the institutionalized looting continues unabated in America, the subsidiary of one of Japan’s largest corporations Kawasaki Heavy Industries (川崎重工業株式会社 Kawasaki Jūkōgyō Kabushiki-gaisha), Japan Kawasaki Motorcycles, have organized a large meeting for next month in which they have called together the owners of Kawasaki dealerships throughout Japan. Here in Tokyo, there are roughly 100 Kawasaki dealerships, or dealerships that also sell and maintain Kawasaki motorcycles as well as other Japanese manufactured motorcycles. The stated purpose of this meeting is to let all these owners of Kawasaki motorcycle dealerships in Japan know who the corporate boss is and what the boss’ plans are in the coming years. The owners of these dealerships are not going to be pleased with what Kawasaki Motorcycles has planned for them.

Kawasaki motorcycles are manufactured in Japan as well as in the Philippines and Japanese control every aspect of manufacturing and production. I’ve ridden Kawasaki motorcycles both older and newer models and they are beyond doubt one of the best motorcycles manufactured today. They are manufactured so well that the engines hardly ever breakdown. Anyone who has ever listened to a Kawasaki engine running will testify as to how smooth the engines run with remarkably engineered bearings. Of the total world-wide sales of Kawasaki motorcycles, only 1 percent of total sales originate with Kawasaki motorcycle sales in Japan. At this point, Kawasaki Motorcycles could care less how many of their motorcycles are sold in Japan, or if they’re sold at all. What will eventually happen is that Kawasaki motorcycles will perfect the engineering on electric motorcycles and this will be the motorcycle of the future replacing gasoline powered Kawasaki engines. I suspect we will see this in the next ten years.

...you guys can have the Kawasaki bike...

“…you guys can have the Kawasaki bike….” (photo by Greg Christensen)

Kawasaki will place requirements on motorcycle dealers that if they want to continue selling Kawasaki motorcycles at their current dealerships they must meet a standard including having a minimum of 100 tsubo (that’s 330 square meters or 3,358 square feet) of store space and a contract to sell a minimum of 120 Kawasaki motorcycles of all models Kawasaki manufacturers in one month. There are hundreds of dealerships that handle Kawasaki motorcycles throughout Japan. There is no way these dealerships can possibly sell 120 motorcycles per month in a domestic market in Japan where motorcycle sales are dropping significantly. Does anyone know the cost of 100 tsubo of space in Tokyo? Knowing that this is impossible for almost all of the dealerships in Japan with the exception of very few dealerships, Kawasaki just effectively forced the closure of hundreds of motorcycle dealerships through Japan putting many people out of work. Not only this, but owners would be forced to go to work for those dealerships that make these new requirements. Considering Kawasaki’s domestic market is only 1 percent of total world-wide sales, this means all these owners and their staff will be looking for work in the coming months. Does Kawasaki Heavy Industries and its subsidiary Kawasaki Motorcycles concern itself. Not in the least.

Kawasaki Heavy Industries slogan is right, “power your potential”, but only if you are employed with Kawasaki or run this huge corporation. In 2012, Kawasaki Heavy Industries had US$196 million in profits and that will be going up if Kawasaki Heavy Industries obtains the contract to build submarines in Australia for the Australian navy.