Caterpillar in Japan

In 1963, Caterpillar began operations in Japan through a joint venture with Mitsubishi Heavy Industries. Today, our Japan team leads the development hydraulic excavators for Caterpillar. The Akashi facility delivers hydraulic excavator technologies to our local and global customers. 

Cat Financial also has a presence in region to support our Japanese customers.

Primary Locations

Demonstration & Learning


Demonstration & Learning: Chichibu



Manufacturing: Akashi

Parts Distribution


Parts Distribution: Sagami

The Caterpillar Foundation has continued to invest in local not-for-profit organizations in Japan to improve basic human needs, promote environmental awareness and enhance education in schools.


In 2018, the Caterpillar Foundation invested in Second Harvest Japan. The investment provides meals to those in need, care packages and mobile pantries.

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Employees with Caterpillar banner volunteering at food pantry

Akashi Plant Guide

We have a long history. Now there's a future to build.

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In every region of Japan, Cat® dealers support our customers’ success.  

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Then, Now, and the Future: Caterpillar in Japan

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