All you ever wanted to know about Japan License Plates
Japan license plates for vehicles with engines 2000 cc and over are issued by the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport Land Offices (MLIT) nationwide. Local municipalities issue vehicles with engines less than 2000 cc. Japan license plates for vehicles smaller than 2000 cc are 5-series plates while license plates for vehicles larger than 2000 cc are referred to as 3-series plates. License plates for motor vehicles in Japan are always issued in pairs with the rear plate permanently attached to the vehicle and is only removed when the vehicle is scrapped or exported. Japanese purchase their new vehicles with the license plates already attached by the dealership.
Custom Japanese license plates online
There are numerous internet merchants selling Japanese license plates online. A casual shopper may be misled by the offering to think the only Japanese Prefecture (same as a USA State) issuing license plates is Nagano with a single Hiragana! It is similar to an internet retailer offering custom USA plates only from the state of Hawaii! The only online merchant offering a wide selection of Japanese car and motorcycle plates is Licenseplates.tv. Most of the Japanese Prefectures are offered with varied Hiragana on Licenseplates.tv in colors to match the officially issued license plates. Shoppers can choose the correct Japanese license plate to match a specific Prefecture and vehicle or motorcycle on Licenseplates.tv
Japanese License Plate Colors
License plate for private vehicles with engines less than 660 CC
License plate for private vehicles with engines greater than 660 CC
Commercial vehicles with engine greater than 660 CC
Light private vehicles with engine lesser than 660 CC
Light commercial vehicles with engine lesser than 660 CC
Japan motorcycle (250 CC & Greater) license plate
Japan license plate layout
Special use Japan license plates
American Forces in Japan have been issued license plates with a special letter Y on green on White plates and A on Black on Yellow plates replacing the hiragana prefix character. These license plates are issued under Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA). These letters also indicate the vehicles are imported into Japan and are left-hand-drive as opposed to the standard right-Hand-Drive Japanese vehicles.
About 30 years ago, United States servicemen, because of Japan bureaucratic problems, were dissuaded from importing American made vehicles into Japan, so servicemen purchased vehicles from local car lots or from so-called lemon-lots (within the walls of United States bases in Japan).
A Japan license plate shopper paradise
If a shopper is looking for a specific Japanese license plate from a specific prefecture, then the only choice is Licenseplates.tv. Shoppers can choose Japanese license plates for specific Japanese brand cars to match the prefectures from which the Japanese car manufacturer is based.
Prefecture Car brand headquarters
Kanawaga Nissan, Infiniti, Datsun
Sapparoro Toyota, Lexus, Scion
Saitama Honda, Acura
Do not be trapped in Nagano Prefecture –get a Japanese License plate in the authentic colors to match the prefecture from which your Nissan, Infiniti, Datsun, Toyota, Lexus, Scion, Honda, Acura or Subaru was made. Visit www.licenseplates.tv and get the Japan license plate which is the closest to authentic.
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