Articles about Japan

This year is going to be good
The Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association (JAMA) has released the dates of the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show, and this year, the event will be held from October 24 to November 4 with the theme of 'Open Future.'That's 12 days of the
Aptitude tests, simulators, first-aid training—this is how Japan does driver education
I'm not the best driver. If anything, I'm probably the most scared and unconfident driver whose name has ever graced the Top Gear Philippines staff box. And despite my being part of the country's number one automotive publication for
There’s plenty of room for improvement on our end
We recently went on a trip to Japan to observe a driving school in Japan. During the trip, we encouraged our Instagram followers to ask what they want to know about learning to drive in Japan. One of the questions we got
Here’s how they’re deemed fit to be behind the wheel
Given that their country has an ideal train system, reliable bus lines, and even honest taxi drivers, younger Japanese nationals and citizens apparently don't see the much of a point in getting a driver's license or owning a car.Reports
Pretty sure this isn’t your average driving school
In the world's busiest and most congested cities, buildings are designed upward to produce more floor space while using a small amount of land. But how would facilities such as a driving school-those that demand big, open spaces-be built
We meet the people who’ve adopted the slow and low mentality of Chicano culture
You have to rewind back to '50s Southern California to find the not-so-humble beginnings of lowriding. Back then, young Mexican-Americans (Chicanos) in Los Angeles started using their cars not as a source of transport, but ethnic as statements. See,
Rare, odd, and definitely Japanese
Dull-looking hen's-teeth supermini has blown three-cylinder of 105bhp, way before we got the Ecoboost. Little car, big fun.Looked puny, but had 227hp and Skyline-type electronic 4WD. Homologation special, and also great to drive, like an Integrale.
Now in his seventies, Kouji Matsuda continues to work
On the fifth floor of Toyota's Toranomon dealership in Tokyo, Kouji Matsuda scurries around like an overexcited hamster. With seemingly double-jointed ­knees, he works unfashionably fast for a septuagenarian. He has to-he's in demand.Born in 1949, Matsuda
To truly understand Japanese culture, you need to drive Toyota’s halo luxury product
Weddings, funerals, and the potential threat of jury duty: These are the only reasons I have a suit in my wardrobe. But today, it feels necessary to scrub up and have some sartorial decency.See, Toyota may have recently got into bed
“They’re a lot harder to draw than characters”
Lexus has commissioned three artists to create three rather unique pieces of art celebrating the Japanese form of manga. That's why, at this moment, you're staring at a samurai warrior atop a Lexus LC fleeing an exploding city. Yup, today
And it’s not even on sale yet
It's normally a few months after a car goes on sale that potty tuners get their grubby hands on them and start sending power figures into the stratosphere. Not the new Supra.It's not even on sale yet-and our
All from the ’90s
It's rare to see one Honda NSX at the best of times. So, you can imagine our surprise when we just happened to pass a flood of them outside a ratty old garage a few miles from Middle-of-Nowhere, Japan.
Possibly the best-kept classic Lambos in the world
Japan loves Lambos. They love them modified with (even more) anti-social exhausts, loud paintwork and scores of flashing LED and neon lights. They also love them pristine-totally perfect and immaculately clean, as though they've just rolled off the production
Partial operability expected by 2022
Stop pinching yourself, because you aren't dreaming. Yes, a subway in the Philippines is happening, and it's expected to be fully operational by the year 2025.The Philippine Department of Transportation (DOTr) already signed the first part of the project'
We have a secret meeting with the M2’s great-grandfather in Japan
Once upon a time, there was an era when turbocharging wasn't just seen as the master key to unlock the laborious WLTP labyrinth. Back in the day, turbos came with a capital T and were toys the naughty boys at the
Are slammed Ferraris sacrilege? Let the Internet flamewar begin!
Depending on how your brain is wired, the image above will either fill you with a warm fuzziness of deep joy or short-term paralysis from deep-seated anger.Yes, that really is a Ferrari low-low. A Testarossa-one of Italy'
More excellence from Japan, including a Lamborghini cat and a car museum in a train station
You may have noticed that we've had an extensive buffet of Japanese car content over the last few weeks. That's because two of our indefatigable photographers-Mark Riccioni and Alex Penfold-have been seemingly trying to capture every single cool
There’s something for everyone at this service station
We've covered Yokohama's Daikoku parking area (PA) a few times over the years. That doesn't matter, though, as it constantly changes and never ceases to amaze. Technically, it's a service station. But for Japanese car nuts, it's
Every year, Tokyo Auto Salon is complemented by the world’s most colorful car meet
While we don't know how you celebrated new year, we'd wager it wasn't as spectacular as this. Every January, when the Tokyo Auto Salon is held, car meets permeate the city. Among the very best sees the whole color
Rare Ferraris and Skylines, impossibly cool racers, and wacky kei cars
As ridiculous as it sounds, high-end car auctions can get a bit samey. Year after year, it's a similar bunch of rare Ferraris, Porsches, and Bugattis that come out of the woodwork and swap owners for a few bazillion dollars.
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