Akamatsu’s true founding date is unknown, but the oldest concrete date is sometime in 1791 in Fukuoka in a joint venture between two merchants, Tatsuro Akamura and Toyotomi Kagoshima. Akamatsu began production of handcrafted tools and weapons until Akamura’s mysterious disappearance in 1809, it has since become an urban legend among employees that the spirit of Akamura haunts any employee who dares dishonour or defect from Akamatsu, and is colloquially known as the “Anger of Akamura-sama.”, most employees who had supposedly angered Akamura’s spirit experienced a sudden downturn in their luck and personal affairs, and one case in 1975 of the disappearance and subsequent death of a former employee who had gone to work at Torrento Industries Ltd.
Akamatsu Motors was incorporated into the newly founded Akamatsu Group in 1988, and became a division in early 1990. Akamatsu Group is now a prosperous conglomerate building everything from computers to gourmet coffee makers, and even a mech in late 2019 under it’s Steelworks division, Isakawa-Daiichi. Since the end of World War II, Akamatsu Motors has had a long and fierce rivalry with it’s biggest competitor, Torrento Automotive, and although this rivalry appears bitter, it is actually quite friendly.
In 2002, then CEO, Hisashi Aishi (Whom was the only LGBTQ+ person to ever be CEO) purchased a brand new Torrento Sunblade, and in turn then CEO of Torrento, Geoffrey Alson, purchased a new Akamatsu Solaris as a sign of friendship between the two.