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    Japanese plate bolts?

    'Just need help on identifying what this bolt cover is called in Japan and what it means.

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    After searching for more than an hour...

    They're prefecture seals installed to keep the driver from moving the plate to another car.

    (Mods feel free to delete since I already answered my own question)

    Thanks again!

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    Quote Originally Posted by JunRaymond
    Mods feel free to delete since I already answered my own question
    Why delete it? Someone else may have the same question later. :wink:

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    wow. what if i need to clean underneath the plate?? what do i do then!?!?!

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    Quote Originally Posted by datsunfreak
    Quote Originally Posted by JunRaymond
    Mods feel free to delete since I already answered my own question
    Why delete it? Someone else may have the same question later. :wink:
    Alright :tu:

    From Wikipedia: "The plates are installed in both the front and rear of the vehicle, with the rear plate permanently attached to the vehicle with a prefecture seal completely covering one of the attaching plate bolts."



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    Quote Originally Posted by e-at_me
    wow. what if i need to clean underneath the plate?? what do i do then!?!?!
    You don't. :P


    Or like with almost every other state mandated thing, you find ways around it... :wink:

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    Quote Originally Posted by datsunfreak
    ...like with almost every other state mandated thing, you find ways around it... :wink:
    That's funny, the top two examples that JunRaymond posted are the glowing plates (light boxes with translucent green letters that light up with the parking lights. They are illegal. So at least two people did find a way to remove and replace the seal in order to install the glowing plates.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JT191
    Quote Originally Posted by datsunfreak
    ...like with almost every other state mandated thing, you find ways around it... :wink:
    That's funny, the top two examples that JunRaymond posted are the glowing plates (light boxes with translucent green letters that light up with the parking lights. They are illegal. So at least two people did find a way to remove and replace the seal in order to install the glowing plates.
    negative, the glowing plates are not illegal.

    your best is to put on an adjustable plate bracket, then buy another seal and have them put it on.

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    The best site I've found that explains the Japanese licence plate system in proper detail:

    http://www.tigerdude.com/japan/license/

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    Quote Originally Posted by Orion
    The best site I've found that explains the Japanese licence plate system in proper detail:

    http://www.tigerdude.com/japan/license/
    'Knew this site but really forgot about it. Thanks Orion! :tu:

    From tigerdude.com
    "Most vehicles > 660cc, have an official seal or neji protecting the upper left screw on the rear plate. It is a lock-tab-button which prevents plate swapping and theft. The registration isn't official unless this seal is in place. These seals have been in use since after the War, and certainly were in place when the number plate system saw standardization in 1951."

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