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A woman drives a go-cart through the Ginza shopping district in Tokyo on Sunday.

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Luiji!

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Taking Cosplay to a whole new level!!!

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I'll get busted if I tried that where I live.

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Its crazy, you can rent the Go Cart for 5 hours and its only 7500 JPY, these carts are fast also really fast. You would figure that would be a Big No No, but its legal for now. Its only a matter of time, some will get in an accident or cause one, people will get killed or crippled, or run over, something along those lines, driving in regular traffic. No helmet either like I said its only a matter of time.

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3D Mario Kart.

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It doesn't look like safe vehicle on public street/road. Drive would be easily dead if another car hit it.

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NAN DESU KA

You would figure that would be a Big No No, but its legal for now... No helmet either like I said its only a matter of time.

They're legal, and not just temporarily legal, because they meet all of the criteria of a motor vehicle, i.e. head/tail/break lights, turn signals, mirrors, etc. and have official license plates issued by the Land Transportation Office just like any other vehicle on the road. As for the driver not wearing a helmet, that's also in accordance with the law. Helmets are only required for two wheeled vehicles, i.e. motorcycles, scooters, etc. and are not required for three-wheeled motorcycles, trikes, of anything that has four wheels regardless of their design.

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I like size. In Japan, many old streets were not created for regular size cars. The cute cars like this, the owner can ride on narrow streets where cars are prohibited and Tsuko nin (walking people) only signs are shown in many narrow streets

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They're legal, and not just temporarily legal, because they meet all of the criteria of a motor vehicle, i.e. head/tail/break lights, turn signals, mirrors, etc. and have official license plates issued by the Land Transportation Office just like any other vehicle on the road. As for the driver not wearing a helmet, that's also in accordance with the law. Helmets are only required for two wheeled vehicles, i.e. motorcycles, scooters, etc. and are not required for three-wheeled motorcycles, trikes, of anything that has four wheels regardless of their design.

Gee.. Japanese law is so "inflexible", so limited. You should read some mexican laws, they are made in such a way that no loopholes are possible.

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This isn't a loophole, this is classes as a mini car, the motor is 49cc, as long as it has blinkers, headlight, and brake lights it is classed as a mini car. Most single seater electric cars (like the ones 7-11 used to deliver stuff) as also classed as a mini car.

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Something isn't right about this photo. Where is the toy-poodle on her lap?!

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It is cute, but it really is a vehicular suicide waiting to happen. The dead angle where these things are invisible to other drivers must be huge, depending on the on vehicle type.

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This is hilarious and cute, I agreed! Is it legal in Tokyo to drive one of these types around?

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Ginza may be OK, but you'd drive one of these toys on a national highway populated with huge truck-trailers only if you're suicidal. These vehicles belong on a dedicated track - only.

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Nice but better wear a helmet as well.

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If you only hobble up and down Ginza it might be just fine, most of the time, but as every driver knows, even if you yourself are observing the traffic rules, some of your fellow drivers might not. Anyway, if you have the presence of mind to tuck in your head when noticing the looming exhaust pipe or drive shaft of a dump truck, you might regret not having used a helmet. Not that it would matter much anymore then.

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thats a fat Luiji, she Is more like Wario!

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This is an accident waiting to happen.

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USNinJapan said

They're legal, and not just temporarily legal, because they meet all of the criteria of a motor vehicle, i.e. head/tail/break lights, turn signals, mirrors, etc. and have official license plates issued by the Land Transportation Office just like any other vehicle on the road. As for the driver not wearing a helmet, that's also in accordance with the law. Helmets are only required for two wheeled vehicles, i.e. motorcycles, scooters, etc. and are not required for three-wheeled motorcycles, trikes, of anything that has four wheels regardless of their design.

I guess you're right, but I can't believe that they don't have any rules on the crash safety of vehicles. Many countries around the world ban kei-cars for that same reason & drivers of this cart would probably be seriously injured in a collision with just a scooter. Unfortunately, probability always converges to 1.

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ATVs and gocarts under 50cc with headlights, blinkers and breaklights are perfectly legal to ride and have the same rules as cars except you can't drive on highways

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hahaha! as long as she isnt throwing out banana peels or turtle shells i think I'd be ok xD

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