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 Monday 9:03am

The Bosozoku Are Japan's Disappearing Rebels Without A Cause

For those who have never actually been to Japan, the idea that Japan's generally regimented, polite, and clean society could have a completely out of control and dangerous youth subculture is hard to believe. Residents of Japan know better. Enter: bosozoku. Or rather exit, as bosozoku are in steep decline. » 10/04/14 12:00pm 10/04/14 12:00pm

This Is The Best Coffee-Foam VW Beetle I've Ever Seen

Volkswagen Japan came up with what may be the most ephemeral promotional tie-in I can think of: they commissioned an artist to make latté-foam sculptures of the VW Beetle. These are pretty impressive, especially when you realize the medium he's working in is about as substantial as a really good sneeze. » 10/03/14 5:43pm 10/03/14 5:43pm

In Pursuit of Initial D: Driving The Real Mount "Akina"

Each of the mountains in Initial D are real locations in Gunma Prefecture, Japan. On beautiful weekends, the roads don't just have day trippers to the various tourist spots, you can also spot modified cars and motorcycles enjoying the drive. I recently took a group of friends out on a quick jaunt around Mount "Akina."… » 9/06/14 2:54pm 9/06/14 2:54pm

Four Reasons Why Driving in Japan Actually Sucks

If your idea of driving in Japan has been wholly influenced by Initial D and Fast and Furious 3: Tokyo Drift, you're in for quite a shock. Even JDM (Japanese Domestic Market) enthusiasts who do not base their views of wider Japanese driving culture on such Western media representations often do not realise that while… » 7/18/14 7:53am 7/18/14 7:53am

Why Japan Is Cracking Down On Its Tiny Kei Cars

You're unlikely to ever see one in the U.S., but for decades Japan's domestic market minicars have provided drivers with efficiency, practicality, ease of parking, style, and even fun behind the wheel. Today, the kei car has never been more popular. So why do Japanese automakers want to wean buyers off of them? » 6/10/14 1:10pm 6/10/14 1:10pm