Cars and Driving

Big Traffic Brother Is Watching You

Aug 21, 2016 By Justin Hanus

In many places the eternal battle between motorist and traffic cop is carried on like a game of cat and mouse with law enforcement lying in wait for its prey...[ Click to read more ]

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Mazda: The Economic Engine of Hiroshima

Mar 22, 2016 By Justin Hanus

Hiroshima is a company town. Mazda is the region’s biggest employer and the car maker bankrolls the city’s professional baseball team, the Hiroshima Carp. The company was instrumental in rebuilding...[ Click to read more ]

Disconnect Your Car Battery Before Long Trips

Nov 08, 2015 By Ray Proper

The expat lifestyle in Japan often means long durations of time spent abroad, and away from your vehicle. Before you go we wanted to remind you of a few things...[ Click to read more ]

Using Jumper Cables

Aug 27, 2015 By

If your battery dies you may be able to use jumper cables to jump start it using another vehicle.  This guide will give you an idea of how to use...[ Click to read more ]

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Buying Gasoline in Japan

Aug 25, 2015 By Ray Proper

Got a car?  You are going to need gas!  This is a basic guide to buying gas in Japan.  Most stations around Japan are "full-service," so the staff will come...[ Click to read more ]

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Toyota Plant and Museum Tour

Feb 26, 2015 By Mark Guthrie

As the third largest producer worldwide, there can be no doubting the importance of the automobile industry to Japan’s economy, and here in Aichi we are at the heart of...[ Click to read more ]

Japan: To Drive or Not to Drive?

Dec 10, 2014 By Ray Proper

When discussing the pros and cons of driving in Japan, one of the most common questions that comes up is whether a car is really necessary at all. Those relocating...[ Click to read more ]

No Spare – Using a Puncture Repair Kit to Fix a Flat Tire

Feb 04, 2014 By Ray Proper

In recent years, many Japanese Car Manufacturers have struggled with interior designs trying to get more space for more driver/passenger comfort. The Japanese consumers put more and more pressure on...[ Click to read more ]

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Recognizing the Signs For Novice, Disabled, And Elderly Drivers in Japan

Jan 21, 2014 By First Admin

Did you ever wonder about those four strange magnets, a yellow and green leaf, an orange and yellow leaf, a blue and white clover, or a yellow and green butterfly,...[ Click to read more ]

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Obtaining an International Driving Permit (IDP) in Japan

Jan 09, 2014 By Ray Proper

You can get an International Driving Permit (IDP) based on your Japanese driver’s license. The permit is valid for one year from the date of issue and must be used...[ Click to read more ]