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Cars for export are parked at a port in Kawasaki on Monday.

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Japanese cars tops in the world for reliability have imported over 3000 units from japan over the last 22 years domo arigato

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Wow, can you believe someone do this precision parking for living all day? Amazing.

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Looks like a lot of Subaru XVs in that bunch. I'll take a white one.

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Also amazing when the cars are loaded on to the ships and parked only a few centimeters apart from each other.

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If these are made in Japan cars, they will not go to USA. USA cars are made-in USA with leftside handle cars/

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If these are made in Japan cars, they will not go to USA. USA cars are made-in USA with leftside handle cars/

Japan exports both right hand side and left hand side steering vehicles and has done so for decades.

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I can't find my Car! I know I parked here somewhere!

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If you think this is a great parking job you should see them loading the cars on a ship.

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@Slumdog: Japanese brand cars in USA have been made in USA by divisions of Japanese automakders and not imported from Japan. Left-side handle cars. FAlso Toyota and Mazda have factories in Mexico and they make only leftside handle cars/ There is no right handle cars from Japan. TN and KY have huge Japanese auto making plants beside many other statres. Some states do not have Japanese auto factories and they beg to have Japanese auto makers creagted factories to reduce unemployment, These Japanese automakers took GM and Ford business away for a long time in USA. In USA, we call these automakers ads Japan Inc.

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@toshiko WRONG!!! omg so wrong! Ever heard of the Toyota Camery? Top selling car in the ENTIRE world? Do they sell it in Japan? Yep! you bet they do! Guess where 100% of them are made. THE USA! The right hand and the left hand versions!!! Japanese Toyota Cameries sold in Japan come from the USA. That is why they cost more in Japan than the USA! What about the Honda s2000. My favorite car in the world. That car was sold ALL over the world. They only made that car in ONE factory in Japan. They made right and left hand version for sale in Japan and for all over the world.

ALL Subuaru imprezzas are made in Gunma Japan. Left and Right hand versions.

The list goes on and on and on and on. Some of the more popular cars like the Hondy Oddesy and what not are indeed made in BOTH Japan and the USA. MANY MANY MANY cars are either made in one country or the other and both left and right hand version are made.

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If these are made in Japan cars, they will not go to USA. USA cars are made-in USA with leftside handle cars/

A lot of Japanese car plants are in Mexico too and they are exported to the U.S. from there.

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love the subies :)

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New Fozzy looks great, but STI version please (if they have released one yet).

How do they manage all the keys in these ports? I guess they just leave them in the ignition...

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@Inaka: Isn't above photo is the picture in Japan?

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@toshiko What is your point? and why would anyone but toshiko give me a thumbs down. I posted 100% variable FACTS. Oh no. Truth. Thumbs down. typical.

So what if the photo above is in Japan? Did you even read my post. I gave examples of cars that are BOTH left hand and right drive that are made exclusively in Japan, like the Suburau Imprezza. and I gave the example of the Toyota Camery which is made exclusively in the USA in both left and right hand versions.

you wrote: "If these are made in Japan cars, they will not go to USA. USA cars are made-in USA with leftside handle cars/" this is 100% not true!

Subaruu makes MANY, not all but MANY cars soley in Japan, in both right and left hand models and ships them all over the world. USA included. This was true of Honda S2000 as well. The Acura/Honda NSX. This is also true of the 90's Honda Integra. AND the "AMERICAN" Acrua interga was also made SOLEY in Japan with both left and hand version. Why do I need to go on. The examples of LEFT HAND DRIVE cars made and exported from Japan are ENDLESS.

So you asked me " Isn't above photo is the picture in Japan?" the answer is YES!!!! and these are LEFT HAND drive for export FROM Japan to other parts of the world like the USA!

I mean for realz! You have the internet, you are on this webstie. spend 10 seconds on Google and you can find out for your self how many car are made in Japan for export to the USA.

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Looks like about 100 cars in the picture. Interesting how much space they take up.

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Is it just me or do Japanese papers like to do the 'Big Bunch of Cars' cover spread like, twice a year?

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Is it just me or do Japanese papers like to do the 'Big Bunch of Cars' cover spread like, twice a year?

It's just you.

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Considering its one of the 3 or 4 main staples of the Japanese economy (Cars, Electronics, Nuclear power plant and parts exports, and rice) I would hope so. I mean..... How many time have you seen a picture of war on the cover of an American Newspaper? about 10000 times a year. Thats our largest export and pretty much the backbone of your economy.

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@yokohamarides

There are 159 cars in the photo. I counted partial cars too.

Lol I'm having a slow day.

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toshiko

If these are made in Japan cars, they will not go to USA. USA cars are made-in USA with leftside handle cars/

Never mind that you didn't know that a significant percentage of Japanese cars sold in the US are still made here in Japan and exported to the US, or that you didn't bother to look up this pretty generally known piece of information before posting so authoritatively to the contrary, but you obviously didn't bother to look very closely at this photo because if you did you would have seen that every single vehicle pictured has the steering wheel on the left side, meaning they are all being exported overseas. Auto manufacturers do have factories all over the world but none of these factories produce all vehicle models under one roof. This means that some models still have to be imported from factories elsewhere in the world. In Subaru's case (since the cars pictured above are Subarus) they do have factories in the US as well as Europe but still export vehicles made here in Japan to both of these markets. The last figures I could find were from August of this year but according to Subaru's data, of the vehicles they manufactured domestically, they exported twice as many as they sold here in Japan. The destinations for the exported vehicles were (from highest volume to lowest) the US, Germany, Russia, and China.

http://www.fhi.co.jp/ir/finance/performance.html

So are you still going to claim that it's not possible/probable that these vehicles are headed to the US market?

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The red one please.

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Most of them are just boring white.

I used to get depressed that I could almost never see a car in Japan that wasn't white, grey or black, but now this negative trend seems to be spreading to the rest of the world too.

Drivers, get some colour back into your life!!!

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I wish they would "export" Alphards or Velfires to Canada... North American MPVs, The Dodge and Chryslers (minivans) look like absolute garbage

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The US is very strict about the unique USA safety requirements. As a result, japanese cars cannot be directly imported unless they are sold here anyway. If they were sold here, you would be expected to install any additional equipment to convert the car into the USA version ......... Toyota, Nissan, Honda, Subaru of /Fuji Havy Industry, Suzuki, Mazda, Daihatsu, Mitsubishi, etc all have their factories in USA/ They make vehicles have driving handles left side of cars because driver sit on left side. I was not writing about doorr handles.

I assumed the photo is taken in Japan so exporting from Japan to other countries. That is why I wrote not to USA.

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toshikoOct. 22, 2013 - 08:29AM JST If these are made in Japan cars, they will not go to USA. USA cars are made-in USA with leftside handle cars/

You are wrong. Not every Japanese brand car sold in the US is made in the US. In the case of Nissan for example, their Altimas are made in Tennessee. But their Rogues are made in Fukuoka, and their Infinity FX35s are made in Ibaraki. Additionally their Versas are made in Mexico and Pathfinders are made in Canada. It's not as simple as you depict.

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toshiko

The US is very strict about the unique USA safety requirements. As a result, japanese cars cannot be directly imported unless they are sold here anyway. If they were sold here, you would be expected to install any additional equipment to convert the car into the USA version .........

The same is true for importing vehicles to Japan from other countries. But these differences from country to country are accounted for when an auto manufacturer produces their vehicles specifically for a foreign market. You seem to be under the mistaken impression that cars built in Japan are built only to Japanese specs and do not satisfy US requirements. When a Japanese car that is destined for the US rolls off of an assembly line in Japan it is already 100% in compliance with US requirements (and correspondingly is NOT in compliance with Japanese requirements).

Toyota, Nissan, Honda, Subaru of /Fuji Havy Industry, Suzuki, Mazda, Daihatsu, Mitsubishi, etc all have their factories in USA

Yes they all have factories in the US as well as other countries outside of Japan. They also obviously have factories here in Japan as well. I've already told you that these factories individually don't produce every type of vehicle a company sells. So some models that are sold in the US market are not made in any US (or Mexico or other) factory and are produced 100% in Japan and transported to the US for sale. For example, at one point in the past I drove a Honda Prelude which I bought and drove in the US. Every single Honda Prelude that has ever been sold in the US was made in Honda's Sayama factory in Saitama Prefecture.

They make vehicles have driving handles left side of cars because driver sit on left side. I was not writing about doorr handles.

No one is/was talking about door handles. I was pointing out that all of the vehicles in the photo are lef-hand drive, meaning they are designed and produced for markets where you drive on the right side of the road, such as the US, Canada, etc.

I assumed the photo is taken in Japan so exporting from Japan to other countries. That is why I wrote not to USA.

Yes, this photo was taken in Japan and yes these vehicles are definitely destined for foreign markets and not domestic sales within Japan. However, the probability that they are headed for the US market is greatest because:

Fact #1 - These vehicles in the picture are Subarus.

Fact #2 - The vehicles are all left-hand drive (driver sits on the left side of the car) so are being exported to countries where one drives on the right side of the road.

Fact #3 - >99% of vehicles sold in the US are lef-hand drive.

Fact #4 - Subaru produces vehicles in Japan for export to foreign countries.

Fact #5 - The largest number of domestically produced Subarus are sent to the US with smaller numbers to other markets (Europe, Russia, China).

You have stated as fact that these cars cannot be destined for the US. That is not impossible and they certainly could be heading for some other country like Germany, but the probably is highest that they are actually destined for the US and that is supported by the facts above.

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One of my future cars is there!! I KNOW IT!!

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For Japan auto makers, exchange rate has alot more to do with increase or decrease exports. Last few year when the yen was below 80 yen per dollar, the export from Japan to other countries slowed down substantially. With the yen hovering around 99 yen per dollar rate, there has been 20 percent increase in exchange rate and this gives opportunity for Japanese export to be profitable.

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