The Kawanishi Aircraft Company was founded as Kawanishi Engineering Works in 1920 in Hyōgo Prefecture as an outgrowth of the Kawanishi conglomerate, which had been funding the Nakajima Aircraft Company. Kawanishi Kokuki KK was founded in 1928, and took over all assets and activities of the former Kawanishi Engineering Works. During WW2, it was best known for its seaplanes, such as the Kawanishi H6K and H8K flying boats. The Kawanishi N1K-J land-based fighter -derived from the N1K1 floatplane fighter - was considered one of the best in the war. After Japan's defeat, the company was reborn as Shin Meiwa Industries (later ShinMaywa), and continued to create flying boats such as the PS-1.
Kawanishi Ki-42 Dinah
A unique example of a japanese medium bomber. Looks like a hybrid of an Aero 145 and a Heinkel He-11...