Driver’s Licence

Big Traffic Brother Is Watching You

Aug 30, 2023 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 ]

Converting your Foreign License to a Japanese Driver’s License

Apr 01, 2021 By Ray Proper

Each prefecture in Japan has different rules and requirements for driver licensing. For the most accurate information, please contact the licensing center in your area directly. Foreign license conversion in...[ Click to read more ]

How to Ride a Motorcycle Legally in Japan

Jan 27, 2021 By Jason Gatewood

If you’re living in one of the many urban areas in Japan, chances are you may choose to live car-free since we enjoy access to one of the best public...[ Click to read more ]

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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 ]

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 ]

International Driver’s Licenses in Japan

Oct 16, 2013 By Ray Proper

We are still getting reports that drivers presenting International Driving Permits (IDPs) at the licensing center are being told to come back once their existing permit expires. Drivers need to...[ Click to read more ]

Getting Your Scooter License in Nagoya

Jul 19, 2013 By Ray Proper

If you live in Nagoya itself, you do not need much in the way of a car or scooter to get around-a bicycle would likely be more than sufficient.  For...[ Click to read more ]