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 Post subject: Japanese plate bolts?
PostPosted: Mon Sep 13, 2010 10:17 am 
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'Just need help on identifying what this bolt cover is called in Japan and what it means.

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 13, 2010 10:51 am 
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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)

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 13, 2010 1:06 pm 
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JunRaymond wrote:
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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PostPosted: Mon Sep 13, 2010 1:30 pm 
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wow. what if i need to clean underneath the plate?? what do i do then!?!?!


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PostPosted: Mon Sep 13, 2010 1:55 pm 
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datsunfreak wrote:
JunRaymond wrote:
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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PostPosted: Mon Sep 13, 2010 7:37 pm 
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e-at_me wrote:
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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PostPosted: Mon Sep 13, 2010 8:39 pm 

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datsunfreak wrote:
...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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PostPosted: Tue Sep 14, 2010 1:31 am 
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JT191 wrote:
datsunfreak wrote:
...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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PostPosted: Tue Sep 14, 2010 4:51 am 
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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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PostPosted: Tue Sep 14, 2010 5:36 am 
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Orion wrote:
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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PostPosted: Tue Sep 14, 2010 6:56 am 
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Based on what I've read from another guy's blog, you must break the anti-theft prefecture seal to remove the plates. But from what I understand, breaking the seal is illegal in some prefectures in Japan and only people from their transportation bureau can install/break the seals.

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It is also illegal to do this mod: :mrgreen:
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 14, 2010 9:40 am 
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JunRaymond wrote:
...breaking the seal is illegal in some prefectures in Japan and only people from their transportation bureau can install/break the seals.

yes it is. there are certain circumstances where you may break the seal without worry, say you wreck and need to remove/re-install the plate, no problem. but you need to go to vehicle registration, show them your paperwork, buy a new seal, and they will install it.

the last picture didn't work... was it the coke bottle cap :lol:


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PostPosted: Tue Sep 14, 2010 11:19 am 
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Yes a soda cap :mrgreen:


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