Can This Stanced Suzuki Kei Car Get Any Crazier?

Welcome to Cars of The Ku, a sometimes weekend segment where we highlight a cool car I (Kat) have found around where I live. Ku (区) is the Japanese word for “city ward.” This stanced Suzuki Alto kei car might test the boundaries of “cool” (and good taste), but it’s certainly something I couldn’t possibly ignore! » 6/28/15 7:09am Sunday 7:09am

Why Toyota's Highest Ranking Woman Executive Could Be In Big Trouble

Earlier this week Toyota’s Japanese headquarters were raided after the company’s global communications chief and highest ranking female executive, Julie Hamp, was arrested on charges that she illegally mailed herself oxycodone painkiller pills. And this is a very, very big deal because Japan has some of the harshest… » 6/25/15 9:20am Thursday 9:20am

Japan's Real Life Initial D Car Scene Isn't What You Think

You might well think of yourself as a massive fan of Initial D. Perhaps your interest in all things petrol-soaked and grease stained is because of Initial D. Well, as big of a fan as you might be, you probably can’t hold a candle to Drift Hunter Albo Agunday’s fandom. And this past weekend, I went out driving with him.
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Why Japan’s Bullet Train Will Finally Bring High-Speed Rail to America

High-speed trains—which can hit 300 miles per hour or more—are the ultimate example of how futuristic engineering can solve real-world transportation problems. In the past several decades, dozens of safe, sustainable high-speed train systems have started racing across the planet. And the place that does high-speed… » 6/02/15 11:19am 6/02/15 11:19am

This Navy Squadron's Cruise Video Includes A Terrifying Carrier Landing

U.S. Navy F/A-18E Super Hornet Squadron VFA-115 “Eagles” put together a pretty sweet WESTPAC cruise video. One clip in particular reminds us just how challenging landing a 25-ton, $50 million dollar fighter on a chunk of steel floating in the middle of the ocean can be, especially when visibility is near zero! » 5/30/15 1:21pm 5/30/15 1:21pm

You Will Definitely Fail Your Japanese Driving Test

If you’re from a country without a reciprocal agreement with the Japanese government (Americans, I’m mostly talking to you), you will have to take a driving test when you go to convert your “foreign” license to a Japanese one. Make no mistake, you will fail the first time, and possibly repeatedly. Here’s why. » 5/29/15 5:00am 5/29/15 5:00am

China Warns Navy Jet Over S. China Sea While Bombers Fly By Okinawa

A U.S. Navy P-8 Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft flying near China’s man-made islands in the South China Sea was warned to turn away by Chinese Navy, which was all captured on video.. Meanwhile, 1,500 miles to the northwest, Chinese H-6K bombers flew through the Miyako Strait, just south of the Japanese island of… » 5/22/15 5:00pm 5/22/15 5:00pm

Japan Plans To Deploy Missiles To Strategic Island Near Taiwan

Reports state that Japan is looking to further militarize Ishigaki-Jima with both surface-to-air and anti-ship missiles. Ishigaki Island is just 100 miles east of Taiwan and about 100 miles south of the highly disputed Senkaku Islands, putting it in a volatile yet strategic geographic position. » 5/19/15 12:22pm 5/19/15 12:22pm

The 5 Strangest Things You Can Do At This Weekend's 'Enjoy Honda' Event

This weekend Honda Japan is hosting a summer festival all devoted to... well... itself. And while you could do all the normal stuff you would do at a show, like visit all the cool cars, or hang out with Honda’s adorable robot Asimo, there are also... stranger things you can do. These are five of the strangest... » 5/06/15 6:17am 5/06/15 6:17am

Charge Your EV When Buying Dried Squid, Green Tea At Japan's FamilyMart 

Do you drive a Nissan, Honda, Mitsubishi, or Toyota electric vehicle? Do you live in Japan? If you don’t, that’s too bad, because the legendary and true convenience of Japanese, uh, convenience stores, or “conbini,” just got even more, well, convenient. You can now “fill up” on electricity when you stop in. It really… » 4/16/15 10:15am 4/16/15 10:15am

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