Tag Archives: Japan

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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Japanese Automakers Suspending Production After Devastating Quakes

A series of earthquakes devastated parts of southern Japan Thursday and Saturday killing at least 41 and injuring thousands of others. As the area works to rebuild, automakers including Nissan, Toyota and Honda have been forced to shutter or slow down production due to factory damage.

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This Gundam-Themed Toyota Has Its Own Costumed DJ For Auto Shows

Jalopnik East has covered all the developments of the Char Anzable Gundam Toyota Auris promotional concept, to a small production run, and finally to its second and current iteration. It has been profitable for Toyota, so perhaps unsurprising that Toyota is heavily promoting it in animated commercials and going all out at auto shows.

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Japan’s Invisible Train Should Be Running By 2018

Japanese train-travel company Seibu Railway hopes to make a major design leap in time for their 100th anniversary; a new line of fast commuter trains that “blend into the landscape.”

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The Most Impractically Customized Cars At Tokyo Auto Salon 2016

Entire supercars covered in Swarovski crystals, cars with special modified doors the exhibitors clearly had trouble operating, wheels that won’t turn, speakers and screens that pretty much obliterated storage space, leg room, or in some cases every single seat in the vehicle, TAS 2016 was host to dozens of cars which required a ton of work but no one could actually drive.

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