Tag Archives: Japan

Here’s How Japan Does a Giant Mazda Rotary Party

Every now and then there’ll be a weekend where the whole world gets together and dials its car culture all the way to 11—or in this case, seven. That’s what 7s Day is; a giant celebration of Mazda rotary engines on the weekend of July 7 and 8 that happens in many cities, including New York. But here’s what went down…

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One Of The Best Reasons To Visit Japan Got Even Better This Year

In Japan, the festival for all things cars at the foot of Mount Fuji is quickly becoming one of the must-see events on the motoring calendar, right up there with the Tokyo Auto Salon and the Suzuka Sound of Engine. That event, the Motor Fan Festa, was a lot like last year’s—only a lot better.

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Here’s What We Don’t Normally Show You About All Those Cool Japanese Drift Cars

The internet at large remains obsessed with the big flick reverse entry style of drifting big in Japan with Naoki Nakamura, Team BURST and the little circuit Meihan. It always looks amazing how the cars bush up against the wall, flirting with destruction, looking like they’re about to crash. Here’s what you don’t…

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When Will Automakers Finally Produce A Pod Car For The People And Make My Dreams Come True

At motor shows, though usually in Tokyo, automakers from Toyota to Chevy frequently unveil very tiny concepts that, they promise, will definitely be produced some time in the future. Call them pod cars. And yet we still haven’t seen one.

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Japan Is Making Our Transformer Dreams Real 

A real Transformer. Like, as in a robot that turns into a car you can drive. Thank you, Japan!

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I Moved To Tokyo, But I’m Still Keeping My Car

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.

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Initial D is a Great Introduction to Car Culture

Shuichi Shigeno’s Japan-based street-racing series Initial D began in the mid-’90s and took nearly two decades to complete. The original manga soon took anime form, and was even adapted into video games and live-action film. The franchise is a significant contributor to Japanese car culture, yet works especially well for introducing non-gearheads around the globe to the world of automotive excitement.

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Why Nissan Taking Control Of Mitsubishi Is A Huge Deal In Asia

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.

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The Most Offensive Lamborghinis On Earth Live Here

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.

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Japan’s Homegrown X-2 Stealth Fighter Takes Maiden Flight


Japan's Homegrown X-2 Stealth Fighter Takes Maiden Flight
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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.

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