A forklift (フォークリフト Fōkurifuto) is a powered industrial truck used to lift crates at the New Yokosuka Harbor District. Ryo Hazuki uses forklift No.5 when he works at the harbor and participates in daily warm-up races and moves crates to the warehouses.
Ryo gets a forklift job while searching for the Mad Angels at the harbor. The first task Ryo must do daily when he arrives at work, is participate in daily warm-up races with his co-workers. Depending on what place Ryo got in the race, he can earn a forklift Capsule Toy.
After the warm-up race, Mark Kimberly will give Ryo a route map saying where the crates must be transported to and the quota for the day. Each time Ryo exceeds his quota, he will be given a 50 yen raise per crate. It is possible to get no pay if Ryo doesn't do any work, this will make the foreman Ryozo Yada very angry.
After getting into so much trouble with the sailors and Mad Angels during work, Yada-san fires Ryo. He understands that it's not all his fault, but needs to let him go due to the trouble affecting his company.
In the free stay lodge at the ship arrival dock, Ryo can obtain the Forklift Blue and Forklift Red collectibles that he can also earn at the Tomato Convenience Store in the New Yokosuka Harbor District.
In the Green Market Quarter, Wan Chai, Ryo can obtain the forklift capsule toys that he could win from the forklift races at the harbor from a box in the Vacant Lot after meeting Izumi Takano and Eileen M. Edelweiss.
In December 2016, a screenshot for Shenmue III was revealed with Ryo Hazuki standing next to a mini forklift. The Project Update #63 for Kickstarter Backers included this image and it's caption said "This piece of heavy machinery looks familiar..." referencing the iconic Forklift job from the first Shenmue. The screenshot appears to be a new mini-game for the upcoming title.
In April 2019, it has been confirmed that Ryo will be able to use the forklift again. A screenshot was also released.
If the player unleashes Ryo's all-star move he changes from Naoyuki's motorcycle to the forklift. Also Ryo riding the forklift can be playable as Downloadable Content that can be purchased from Xbox Live or PSN.