Inspections are required when a car turns 3 years old, then every 2 years until the car turns 11, then every year. The inspections, which cover more than 100 items from brake function to headlight orientation, are done by a Government test center or by an authorized service station.

The UK also requires an inspection (MOT), but Japan also requires car owners to have certain items checked or serviced every 6 months, 12 months or 24 months.

Another big difference is that Japan’s Government asks the owner to have the car repaired before it is inspected, so that it will pass. Faced with this requirement, most owners give their car to the dealer or a service station to prepare it for inspection.

Only 1 in 2,000 car accidents in Japan are caused by mechanical failure, compared with between 1 in 200 and 1 in 20 in the United States and Europe.

Japanese people are so proud of their country they want it to look good for visitors. also, if you take a walk through the streets in japan (any city) early in the mornings, you’ll see teams sweeping, washing, mopping the sidewalks, collecting litter (even fallen leaves are picked up) and maintaining the streets (click here for further information). People just don’t litter in Japan either.

Japanese car owners tend to be meticulous about maintenance, however they rarely have the service books stamped due to being given a full inspection sheet instead.  these don’t always get passed on with the car much the same way that we don’t always keep old MOT’s.  So finding a car with full service history is quite rare in Japan, however to keep the car on the road it has to be regularly maintained so that is passes its Shakken.  Mileage can always be confirmed on Japanese car and BIMTA in the UK have access to this information and can always confirm the mileage on any imported car from Japan