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Passers-by would feel scared if the car is slipped off by typhoon/wind/rain.

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Why elevate the vehicle when their is a space below?

If one a can afford the costs, or if the necessity takes out a risk cost option.

Why not buy a Suzuki Wagon R or a Honda, less bling, more credibility, if not so look at me, I'm about to park.

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The owner might think it was an effective way to protect his/her car from thieves.

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It's not often I pity someone with a 10 million? yen car, but anyone who parks on the ground with room to open the passenger door has a better driving experience than this.

If they lose power like in Chiba, does that mean no car for a week?

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Life in Tokyo?

You can keep it...

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What could possibly go wrong......

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Why elevate the vehicle when their is a space below?

Now another car can park in the space below.

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Totally unlawful regarding firing safety.

Have you ever seen the effect of a car on fire ?

Very dangerous, except id designed at same time as the building, as a specific zdditionzl function which I doubt.

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This is the most dumb thing i ever see.

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I would like to know the back story to this picture. How did whoever did this come to the conclusion that it was a good idea?

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kwattToday  08:44 am JST

“Passers-by would feel scared if the car is slipped off by typhoon/wind/rain.”

Yes, but cars parked on the ground often get blown around in typhoons or washed away by high waters. So I don’t know if this particular car parking solution would be any more dangerous in a storm. I might be more worried about the whole apparatus falling down if the supports are not properly maintained, get rusty or for some other reason pull out of the building.

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Life in Tokyo? You can keep it...

exactly, meanwhile I look through my door and the car ive got parked in my garage on my quickjacks as Im changing parts on it, then walk out into my drive way with my other 3 cars ive got parked there, living in my 440 sq/m home I purchased for less than the price of a 2 bedroom apartment in the city. Oh the joys of rural living

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Don't understand all the negative comments. These things are everywhere. Kind of unusual to see one outside a building parallel to a narrow street like that, but I don't see anything especially dangerous. I wouldn't stand under it during a typhoon or earthquake, but that describes a lot of places in Tokyo.

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Oh the joys of rural living

One word: mukade

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This is the most dumb thing i ever see.

actually while not perfect it isnt a dumb idea, one of these lifts will set you back about million yen, theyre very strong as theyre cemented about 2m into the ground, those supporting beams can easily hold double the weight of that car. considering that rental parking can set your back 300,000 or more a year in Tokyo if you have two cars but only one parking space as this owner seems to have then a car lift will pay for itself in less than 3~4 yrs. If the owner can afford a new Merc then why would he want to drive a K car which inst nearly as safe. Even though you dont need a parking certificate from the police for K cars you still have to park them somewhere or risk getting it towed or ticketed regularly. Anybody who owns more than one car but lives in a crowded apartment building this option isnt a crazy as it seems. Or you can move to the country and have parking for 10cars like me. LOL

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with my other 3 cars ive got parked there,

Nice. Curious though, do you still have to pay all the taxes on your cars if you’re not driving them?

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Fizz, yes

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"Why elevate the vehicle when their is a space below?"

Now another car can park in the space below.

Exactly. A handful of houses in my neighborhood have lifts like that in their carports, so they can park two cars in a single space, or 3 or 4 in a double space.

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But can you climb in through the passenger door to save yourself having to take the stairs down?

Presumably the family has two cars?

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Who needs a car in Tokyo? They are dangerous, polluting, and dominate the city too much as it is. Their noise and fumes hurt the quality of life of everyone, but especially that of the poor, the sick, and children. Tokyo should be moving to restrict cars and car ownership.

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Suburban living in a city.

Ban more cars in cities.

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that is not saving space, nobody will walk under that.... dumb idea.

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that is not saving space, nobody will walk under that.... dumb idea.

Hm? What brought you to think that was done so people could walk under it?

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Haven't owned a car for 40 years.

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an apartment building in Tokyo

It's hard to say, but I suspect that's a private house and not an apartment building.

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Why elevate the vehicle when their is a space below?

For the reason I'd love being able to elevate my shiny new motorbike above the crowd : lovely neighbors that scratch the paint when they pass too close with their rusty horror.

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Nice. Curious though, do you still have to pay all the taxes on your cars if you’re not driving them?

yes just like the registration you have to pay the taxes also, but I do all my own shaken so I dont need to pay any company a fee to do it, also my cars are used as a tax deduction on my business. the registration and taxes arent that much compared to the parking fees you have pay in the cities, the parking fees can be more than twice what the registration and taxes cost! My 4 cars cost me less than 350,000yen a year in registration/taxes, if I wanted to have the same 4 cars in the city id probably have to pay an extra 7~900,000yen just in parking fees. Most city apartments only have 1 parking space while most homes 1~2 spaces. which is why its so much better living in the country if your a car lover, also another plus is country areas arent subject to strict NOX emissions rules so registering diesel vehicles is easy, in the city much more difficult to pass the NOX (smog test). 2 of my 4 vehicles are turbo diesel

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Haven't owned a car for 40 years.

thats probably fair if you live in the center of Tokyo or Osaka, (I use to live in Umeda the center of Osaka so I understand) but for me the idea of getting in my car and going anywhere I want without the need of waiting in line for a bus or train is a level of freedom/privacy Im not willing to give up.

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Exactly. A handful of houses in my neighborhood have lifts like that in their carports, so they can park two cars in a single space, or 3 or 4 in a double space.

yes and thats exactly why people with cars do it they can own two cars while only one parking space, an extra parking space will cost you at least 20~30,000yen a month. So a car lift is a cheaper investment over the long term. As with almost all city living, you want more space you pay a premium

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thats probably fair if you live in the center of Tokyo or Osaka, (I use to live in Umeda the center of Osaka so I understand) but for me the idea of getting in my car and going anywhere I want without the need of waiting in line for a bus or train is a level of freedom/privacy Im not willing to give up.

Nope. I lived in the British countryside for 10 years without a car.

More recently in Japan, we lived for about 10 years high up in the Japan Alps with the nearest city about 50 km with nothing more than my mountain bike.

In India young people have stopped buying cars and using Uber or rentals when needed instead.

For 40 years I haven't owned, borrowed or even rented a car and have used public transport systems instead, or my mountain bike.

Saved a fortune on gas/cars.

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Saved a fortune on gas/cars.

maybe fine for you but it pretty difficult for me to get around for my business without a car , I use a turbo diesel CX5 as my daily work / personal vehicle very economical on fuel its a tax deduction for my business so the cost is irrelevant. I drive around 25~30,000km yr. Sorry Uber isnt an option in Japan as it doesnt exist, moving my goods around by train , bus or bike isnt logical especially in rural areas. I can get in my car be in the city with 45minutes takes twice as long by bus, time is money in business if you dont have transportation then your just disadvantaging yourself. Then when it comes to vacations I can load up my family and inlaws (7~9 people depending on whos coming) into my 14 seater microbus and go anywhere in Japan far cheaper than all of us taking a train or bus. without a vehicle in my business it would cost you far more in the long term, and since my vehicles are paid for by my business the personal cost to me is minimal so why would I want to give up the freedom and independence it brings.]

for a retired person or company employee that has a set route each day living in the city then a car probably isnt needed.

In India young people have stopped buying cars and using Uber or rentals

India doesnt have room for more cars period.

More recently in Japan, we lived for about 10 years high up in the Japan Alps with the nearest city about 50 km with nothing more than my mountain bike.

that must have been a biatch in the middle of winter snow. no thanks id prefer to take my AWD car, my kids wouldn't appreciate having to ride their bikes in the snow,.

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wtfjapan

fair enough but I didn't question your need for a car, you questioned me not needing one.

Actually in London, I was self employed for 40 years including contracting and still never owned by own car after 1979. I paid people to deliver my tools and materials while I drove the public transport or took taxi's. All tax deductible and none of the hassles of driving, now with inner city charges, finding a parking spot, the whole nine yards.

Never owned a car here. Once again living in the beach countryside location.

I didn't ask you to justify your choices I just gave mine.

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