I’m not sure who pissed off Raijin and Fūjin, the ancient Japanese gods of weather, but it sure seems like somebody did, since three typhoon-like storm systems just slammed into Japan at once. The result was a lot of flooding, turning many Tokyo streets into rivers, and tunnels into water pipes. Which some people were…
Recently new series of Kei cars from Honda, especially the N-One, have harkened back to the classic design language. You can see it on the front ends of the otherwise boxy and unassuming 660cc powered mini-cars. But what if boxes aren’t your thing? The N-Labs S660 Neo Classic has you covered.
Japan is a “Galapagos Market”, so called because its unique regulations lead to unique species of vehicles seen almost nowhere else. Including just about the entire Daihatsu lineup. That includes the modular Daihatsu Copen. You can have any Copen you like as long as it’s... er... 64 horsepower. The rest is up to you!
Everyone is trying to make cars that can drive themselves, but Honda and Japanese mobile carrier SoftBank want to go a lot further: they want cute emotional robot cars that talk to you about your feelings. There’s no way that could go horribly wrong, am I right?
Drifting has gone global, but its heart remains on the touge mountain roads in Japan. And they’re still getting shredded today.
We’re all familiar with this car. It’s quite a fucking fast one. You should buy it, garage it, and only take it out to play with on Sundays at the track, right? Wrong!
Is it possible to fly to Japan, buy a car blind, fix it up, and run in a pro-am drift event in two days? Watch this guy find out!
Imagine a future full of electric cars where everyone’s a passenger. Where traffic is not only managed but controlled by a digital network. Where on-demand ride-sharing services have become the norm, and the only human drivers are emergency crews behind the wheel of super-fast vintage “antiques” tasked with taking…
If you don’t know 18-year-old Koyama Miki (小山美姫), you’re far from alone, but it’s definitely ignorance you should correct. She’s in the Japanese Formula Four Championships and, like a lot of young racers, she’s gunning for a slot in F1. She’s good enough that Honda just let her thrash an S660 in a brand new commercial.
If you can find the time to spare to go an hour from Tokyo into a sleepy industrial part of Yokohama near Shin-Koyasu station, you will find the original factory of Nissan Motors. Inside are a plethora of Nissan engines, and a very friendly curator who will walk you through the automaker’s history.
What happens when you combine the Japanese engineering tendency to miniaturise with Japan’s society-wide obsession with cuteness and apply it to electric cars? The Rimono: a plush body electric car a fourth of the size of a regular car which still seats two adults comfortably.
You would think now that I moved into the metropolitan area of Tokyo and take a 28-minute subway trip from my apartment to my school, that I would no longer want or need my car. Well, this is Jalopnik, so we know that can’t possibly be true. And it sure as hell isn’t.
Given that 88 mph is 141 KMH, it’s really no surprise that Doc Brown and the legendary time-traveling DeLorean were “pulled over” by Japanese traffic police in a Skyline GT-R in a traffic safety demonstration put on by the Yokohama Toyota dealer network.
One of the first things you will no doubt notice when coming to Japan is that most of the streets don’t have names, the building numbers don’t go in any kind of order, and you can’t possibly imagine a time before your cabbie had access to GPS. Welcome to the Japanese address registration system. It’s a doozy.
In my adolescence, I based many of my conceptualisations of Japan on three sometimes questionable sources: my Japanese language lessons programme, Japanese TV, and, yes, anime/manga. And they were all completely dead-on about how awful commuting by train in Tokyo really is.
Beyond the obvious that these two companies are titans in Japanese automotive history, it’s fair to ask how the various tendrils of Mitsubishi Motors and Nissan Motor Company reach throughout many aspects of day-to-day Japanese life. Indeed, it’s fair to ask how this will affect Mitsu’s place in Asia more generally.
Days ago, car-spotting YouTuber Gordon Cheng found himself in a Tokyo parking garage. It turned out to be a cave of wonders, full of the absolute most outrageously modified Lamborghinis I’ve ever seen.
On Friday Japan became just the fourth nation to test-fly its own stealth jet, the homegrown X-2 prototype fighter. Decked out in the white and red colors of the country’s flag and built by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, it’s hard to escape the X-2’s symbolism—or its importance to Japan’s defense future.
A series of earthquakes devastated parts of southern Japan Thursday and Saturday killing at least 41 and injuring thousands of others. As the area works to rebuild, automakers including Nissan, Toyota and Honda have been forced to shutter or slow down production due to factory damage.