Japan was in a period of rapid economic growth in the late 1970s, when Honda saw its sales hit ¥1 trillion and introduced the five-day work week. Amid all this progress, people were beginning to focus more on the enjoyment of their lives.
This was about the time that Honda launched its new ME general purpose engine, a model that was to make Honda Power Products the third pillar in a global marketing trio. Under the million-unit target set for the ME family of engines, one plan was initiated to develop a new product equipped with the G100 derivative. Gunji Saito, who for most of his career at Honda had been involved in the development of medium- to large-size cultivators, had been given the order to develop a mini-tiller.