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

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

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

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

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