Japan's Latest Destroyer Sure Looks Like An Aircraft Carrier!

Japan has inducted into service its largest warship since WWII, the 814 foot long Izumo. The activation of such a large ship, dubbed a 'Helicopter Destroyer,' has regional powers and academics alike questioning the limits of Article 9 in Japan's Constitution. » 3/26/15 9:27pm Thursday 9:27pm

Insane Crowd Funded Nissan Car Holds BBQ, Karaoke Machine, And Drone

Japanese automakers have been shoving all sorts of devices into vehicles, especially kei cars, for years now. We've seen many a wacky concept come out of design studios, and a surprising number of them have actually made it into production. Well, Nissan may have just taken it to a whole 'nother level with their new… » 2/28/15 12:05pm 2/28/15 12:05pm

Fun2Drive Winter Jam: Ice Driving Japan-style

Sometime yesterday evening I left my cozy warm home, to go spend the night in a tiny ski resort named Yachihokogen, in Nagano prefecture. I had this little trip planned for over a month now, when the owner of Fun2Drive, Chikara Yokoyama, told me he was organizing this little "get together" in the middle of nowhere! » 2/22/15 10:02am 2/22/15 10:02am

This Guy Went Around the World In 80 Days The First Time He Traveled 

The death of a close friend rocked Chris Sypolt's world. So, he did what any logical 44 year old would do and set out on an an 80-day, round the world trip. It was the first time he'd ever left the country. This is what he learned. » 2/09/15 5:40pm 2/09/15 5:40pm

Project Honda Logo: Tanabe NF210 Lowering Springs Review

So, Torchy's got his bug, Doug has had his Ferrari (now will have GT-R?), Stef has her Porsche, and I have my Honda Logo TS. I have no idea what the heck Matt has (probably a type of Batmobile—Mattmobile?). The others? Uh... I should ask. In any case, we love each of our very different cars and that's what makes… » 2/01/15 10:15am 2/01/15 10:15am

2015 Honda N Box Slash: What It's Like To Drive A Funky Kei Car

Ever since Jason Torchinsky wrote up his piece on the N Box Slash (N/), I've been dying to drive one. Then I noticed that one of the dealerships nearby had one on display inside their dealership, and I knew I just had to give it a spin. Welcome to the very first Jalopnik East review, where I drive shit Torchy can't… » 1/24/15 12:00pm 1/24/15 12:00pm

Nissan Adding More "Ladies First" Dealerships In Japan To Target Women

A 2012 survey conducted by the Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, revealed that women alone or jointly with their husbands, make the decisions on seventy-five percent of the major purchases. Nissan understands that car buying in Japan is not just a man's game and aims to cater to this powerful… » 1/23/15 4:52pm 1/23/15 4:52pm

Bringing Automotive Media to Okinawa

The Ryukyu Kingdom, a chain of islands south of the main island of Japan, is better known today as Okinawa. Today, it serves as a beautiful vacation destination for people of Japan and international travelers alike. However, along with the beauty and serenity of its white, sandy, beaches and crystal blue water, it is… » 1/11/15 12:31pm 1/11/15 12:31pm

You Just Need To Watch This Hill Climb On Japan's Most Infamous Road

The Mazda Turnpike is the stuff of legends in Japan. This is what happens when you shut down the most infamous road in the country and let race cars loose. » 12/27/14 11:41am 12/27/14 11:41am

Yes, Anime Themed Cars Are Pretty Common In Japan

One of those facts about a Japanese commute which contributes to the "weird Japan" stereotype, there are a lot of anime themed cars. It can't be helped. Why? Because it's true. It's not unusual to see one or two during rush hour, or a few scattered throughout a parking lot. » 12/20/14 10:00am 12/20/14 10:00am

A Shocking Number of People Want This Fugly Anime Car

This isn't only the most hideous car offered for sale this year on the planet Earth, but also expensive and rare. There's only one of these cars in existence. And nearly six hundred people put in orders to buy it at 7-Elevens in Japan. » 12/03/14 8:00am 12/03/14 8:00am

Scenes From The 2014 Tokyo Classic Car Festival

Photographer Ken Ishii visited the 2014 Tokyo Classic Car Festival near the very famous Meiji Shrine (which is next to the fashion area of Harajuku). His shots are amazing and well worth the potential load times. Personally, I like the yellow BMW Isetta the best. » 11/30/14 11:50am 11/30/14 11:50am

Watch This Swarm Of Japanese Workers Sink A Subway Line In One Night

Railway workers in Tokyo were proud of their latest accomplishment. They had created a new subway line to replace the old above-ground line. There was only one problem – they had to shove a portion of the old line underground to make it all work. So they decided to do the entire thing in just one night. » 11/19/14 4:35pm 11/19/14 4:35pm

Those "Real" Mario Ads Just Got Weirder

Neon Genesis Evangelion Turned into a Hideous Japanese Car

Just look at that. Do it! It's called the 7-Eleven Limited Evangelion Orochi. It's not only incredibly ugly, but incredibly rare. It's also the most expensive item 7-Eleven has ever offered for sale. That's right, 7-Eleven. » 11/11/14 7:55am 11/11/14 7:55am

The Japanese Drivers License Center Process Is A Model Of Efficiency

On Thursday morning I took a half day off school and went to the Japanese Drivers License Center to finally pick up my brand new gold license. The process was a model of efficiency, and as a gold license holder, my process was expedited. I was in and out of the process in a mere 55 minutes. » 11/08/14 12:00pm 11/08/14 12:00pm

What Are These Hippies Doing In A Japanese Nissan Skyline Ad?

Look, I love my adopted country, and I am annoyed by many "weird Japan" posts. It's one trope I am really tired of hearing. However, even I have to admit, sometimes, Japan is weird. Like Japanese commercials. They're totally bizarre. And they've been that way for a long time. Like this 1970s Nissan Skyline commercial. » 11/08/14 9:00am 11/08/14 9:00am

The Neon Lamborghinis, Widebody Porsches, Bikes And Bosozoku Of Japan

Is the night driving, street racing, car tuning scene in Tokyo as wild as you imagine? This short film points to yes. » 11/04/14 10:43am 11/04/14 10:43am

This Mitsubishi Regional Jet Is Japan's First New Airliner In 50 Years

The Mitsubishi Regional Jet, or MRJ, is Japan's first newly produced commercial aircraft in nearly fifty years, and it's one sweet-looking ride. Four years behind schedule, and powered by Pratt & Whitney, this medium-sized regional jet carries big hopes for Japan's aerospace industry. » 10/20/14 9:03am 10/20/14 9:03am