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It’s odd to see a mixed-marque car chase in the heavily sponsored world of Japanese cop shows. Almost as odd as using a Toyota LiteAce as a getaway vehicle when you’re being pursued by a fleet of Nissan Cedrics. But there … Continue reading
Going solely by old Japanese cop shows, you’d think three out of every five cars was a Nissan Cedric. It’s the Chevy Caprice Classic of Nihon car chases! In this clip from Daitokai (The Big City), there are, surprisingly, no … Continue reading
A black police-spec Cedric 230 on steelies sure looks like a mean machine. Too bad it, along with several other rarities, bites the dust in yet another car chase in Seibu Keisatsu. Video below the fold.
Just when we thought we’d seen it all, here’s an episode of Seibu Keistatsu in which a standard police issue Cedric 330 unmarked does battle with a Datsun Sunny Cab… and loses! Maybe the rare cab-over trucklet was cool enough … Continue reading
Bad boys, bad boys, whatcha gonna do? Whatcha gonna do when the keisatsu put up an all-night road block and bring out the windowless paddy wagons on New Year’s Eve to clamp down on bespoilered bosozoku rides? Some tear off … Continue reading
Location scouting North of Tokyo, we were surprised to pass a yard not filled with the usual rural kei cars — or farming implements — but one filled with an enormous range of nostalgics.
Laguna Gamagori is a seaside amusement park in Aichi Prefecture. JNC reader Nakazoto went to a vintage car show there recently and snapped a metric buttload of photos. Somehow, a light blue hakosuka looks simultaneously oh so wrong and oh … Continue reading
We’ve seen villains in Seibu Keisatsu try and fail to make their escape in Detroit Iron several times before. Maybe their problem was their allegiance to the Blue Oval. What if they try Mopar power? Perhaps a 1969 Plymouth Belvedere … Continue reading
This one goes out to Jorge and everyone in the Goon Squad. How often do you get to see Tokyo’s Finest chasing a pair of Nissan Bluebird/Datsun 810 Wagons? Answer: not often. But it’s business as usual in Seibu Keisatsu-land, where … Continue reading
One of the curious aspects of Tokyo living is the often cliched perspective of the new vs. the old. The fall-back standard for no-need-to-think international correspondents who like to show keitai girls in yukata, shinkansen and rice-fields, cosplay and temples, … Continue reading
Here’s a collection of photos of nostalgic Japanese police cars strung together by an amateur, unidirectional Ken Burns. Some are equipped with high-power engine options and transmission pairings not available on civilian versions of the same model. Sadly, Japanese patrol … Continue reading
Don your headbands, hang your friends out your side windows and get ready for Shakotan Boogie. In 1987 Japan apparently made a movie out of the manga that celebrates the bosozoku lyfe. Plot points include cross-cultural drag racing that ends … Continue reading
Welcome to a new series on the JNC Blog. In Learning Japanese, we’ll introduce nicknames for Japanese cars and delve into their etymology. We started informally with the erimaki Mitsubishi Mirage, but now it’s official. Let’s kick off with the … Continue reading