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Responding to Japan’s Internationalization

Reentering Overseas Markets

Kajima's first overseas project in the postwar era was the construction of the Baruchan No. 2 hydroelectric power plant in Myanmar, which it began in 1954. Soon afterward, the Company undertook the construction of numerous dams, power plants, docks, and other facilities in Indonesia, Singapore, and other Southeast Asian countries. The Company also accompanied Japanese companies undertaking overseas business and consequently expanded the scope of its operations to include oil exporting countries in the Middle East as well as Latin American countries.

The Baruchan No. 2 hydroelectric power plant in Myanmar

Kajima's first overseas project in the postwar era was the construction of the Baruchan No. 2 hydroelectric power plant in Myanmar, which was funded with Japanese war reparation payments and helped significantly improve relations between Myanmar and Japan (1954-1960).

On behalf of Ishikawajima Heavy Industries Co., Ltd., Kajima built the Jurong repair and refitting dock and adjacent quays in Singapore (1965).

On behalf of Ishikawajima Heavy Industries Co., Ltd., Kajima built the Jurong repair and refitting dock and adjacent quays in Singapore (1965).

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Kajima built this royal state palace in Jedda, Saudi Arabia, overlooking the Red Sea, used exclusively by the Saudi Arabian king and crown prince for receiving guests (1982).

Kajima built this royal state palace in Jedda, Saudi Arabia, overlooking the Red Sea, used exclusively by the Saudi Arabian king and crown prince for receiving guests (1982).

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Establishing Overseas Bases

Kajima's 1964 establishment of Los Angeles-based Kajima International, Inc. (KII), made it the first Japanese construction company to initiate full-scale operations in the United States. KII undertook a number of large-scale urban development projects, including the redevelopment of the Little Tokyo district of Los Angeles and the development of condominiums in Minneapolis.

In 1987, the Company established Kajima U.S.A. Inc. and Kajima Europe B.V., and Kajima Overseas Asia Pte. Ltd. was set up the following year. These three subsidiaries are the Company's regional headquarters for the United States, Europe, and Asia, respectively, and function as the hubs of the Company's global network.

The Little Tokyo district of Los Angeles

Kajima implemented a large-scale redevelopment project in the Little Tokyo district of Los Angeles, which included the construction of the KII Building (1967), the Hotel New Otani and garden, the Wella Court Shopping Center, and other buildings.

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Kajima's first project in East Germany was the construction of the International Trade Center (1978).

Kajima's first project in East Germany was the construction of the International Trade Center (1978).

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