"The Factory at the foot of Mount Aso, where humans and nature are as one." That's how Honda literature describes the Kumamoto factory, the largest motorcycle manufacturing facility in the world.
By any measure, Kumamoto is impressive. Covering almost 1.7-million square meters, the Kumamoto plant blankets as much area as 36 baseball stadiums. It employs 3,300 "associates," who work together to build 87 motorcycle models and 53 different engines. More than 1,800 motorcycle and scooters roll off Kumamoto's assembly lines each day—that's one every 90 seconds. It's the most prolific motorcycle production facility by a factor of many, but to hear the General Manager, Watanabe-san, describe it, you might think that clean water and fresh air—not motorcycles—are the most important end product.