Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd.
  1. 1955
    • Nippon Gakki establishes Hamana Factory and begins
      production of the YA-1, Yamaha's first motorcycle

    • Motorcycle business separated from Nippon Gakki Co.,
      Ltd. and established as Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd.

    • Genichi Kawakami becomes first YMC president

    • YA-1 wins 3rd Mt. Fuji Ascent Race

    • YA-1 takes top three spots at 1st Asama Highlands Race

  2. 1956
    • Operations transferred from Nippon Gakki
      Hamamatsu Research Institute to establish
      Yamaha Motor Hamamatsu Research Institute

  3. 1957
  4. 1958
    • Nippon Gakki establishes subsidiary
      Yamaha De Mexico S.A. de C.V. in Mexico and
      local sales of Yamaha Motor products begin

  5. 1959
    • Yamaha Technological Research Institute established

    • Tenryu Test Course completed

    • The YDS-1, Japan’s first full-fledged sport bike, is launched

  6. 1960
    • Yamaha International Corporation (YIC) founded
      in the U.S. as a Nippon Gakki subsidiary and
      local sales of Yamaha Motor products begin

    • The P-7, Yamaha's first outboard motor, is released

    • The CAT-21 and RUN-13, Yamaha's
      first FRP boats, are launched

  7. 1961
    • Yamaha Motor listed on First Section of Tokyo Stock Exchange

    • First entry in the Road Racing World Championship

    • CAT-21 wins inaugural Tokyo–Osaka
      Pacific 1,000 km Motorboat Marathon Race

  8. 1962
    • Motorcycle development departments transferred
      from Yamaha Technological Research
      Institute to Yamaha Motor headquarters

  9. 1963
    • Pearl Yamaha founded in India as a tie-up with local funding
      and production and sales of mopeds begin

    • First meeting of overseas dealers held

  10. 1964
    • Yamaha recognized by Ministry of International Trade and
      Industry as corporate contributor to overseas exports

    • Yamaha wins its first 250cc Road
      Racing World Championship title