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Pursuing a circular society through automobile recycling

Article - June 2, 2023

With over five decades’ experience and accumulated data to match, Kaiho Industry is seeking to establish alliances in order to boost car recycling worldwide.

“Right now our goal is to make used car transactions more transparent and fairer at both ends.” Takayuki Kondo, Kaiho Industry Co., Ltd.

A company that is focused on recycling and reusing auto parts, Kaiho Industry is an established international name which has developed an enviable network of alliances since being founded in 1969.

Known domestically for introducing the Japan Reuse Standard (JRS), a five-level assessment to check the quality of used engines, Kaiho has also been behind initiatives such as the RUM alliance and Recycling Education Center.

More recently, its Kaiho Recyclers Alliance (KRA) system, which encompasses some 85 companies domestically, has helped facilitate the smooth transaction of used cars. KRA was created to provide greater transparency in domestic and overseas recycling services, as well as knowledge and training on recycling itself.

Recycling used car parts can be problematic, particularly in an international context. As company president Takayuki Kondo explains: “The same Toyota Corolla model might require different parts depending on whether it was manufactured in, say, Japan or Thailand.”

Kaiho, however, knows right away what is needed by the buyer, thanks to a digital database that ensures it can provide its service to the international market.

Having recently scooped the Forbes Small Giant Award, Mr. Kondo makes no secret of what drives him. “My biggest goal,” he says, “is to create a world that is cosmopolitan, which means that people are inhabitants of the earth, not a specific country or nation. The earth is an entity that is not owned by anyone.”

How will he achieve his goal? By continuing to emphasize that giving to others is far more powerful than focusing on personal gain.