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Come To Know What The Meaning Of Japanese Number Plates

There are several other country plate numbers that are quite familiar, aka several times we’ve seen. Whether it’s on the internet, on TV or in movies. American number plates are certainly very easy to recognize, because yes there are listed names of states that are very familiar. Call it like California, Ohio, West Virginia, and others. When we see a plate like that, surely we understand, oh that’s an American number plate.

Other number plates that are also familiar to us are neighboring countries, Singapore and Malaysia. Oh yes, there is one more that is definitely very easy to recognize, thanks to the writings of the ‘worm’ hehe, Thailand.

Well, one of the other most popular number plates is the Japanese number plate. Not surprisingly, this is also thanks to Japanese pop culture and of course JDM culture which has been mushrooming for a long time. Not infrequently we see cars that deliberately paired Japanese number plates by their owners, especially for photo sessions. This is felt to add thick JDM style aura of the car.

Then, what is the meaning of the Japanese number plate?

Basically, the license plate should have vehicle identification signs that have the same meaning. In this review we will get to know more closely what the meanings contained in a Japanese number plate.

Let’s just start. Are you ready for the coffee?

Plate Color

Here are some color combinations of Japanese plates.

  1. White – green writing: Private car with engine capacity above 1000 cc.
  2. Yellow – black writing: Private car with engine capacity under 1000 cc.
  3. Green – white writing: This color combination is the opposite of a private car. Green plate – white writing means a transport / public transport car carrying passengers (people). For example taxis, buses, and others.
  4. Black – yellow writing: Car transport / public transportation that transports goods.
  5. Blue – white writing: Embassies / diplomats of other countries.
  6. White – black writing: Military or government.

Place / Region Name

The name of the place or region is located on the top left of the plate. Almost always in the form of starch, although some areas such as “Iwaki” or “Tochigi” are written in Hiragana. This part of the license plate is similar to the alphabet code at the beginning of our license plate which represents the city or place where the vehicle is registered.

The most important difference, of course, was that. The name of the place / region is written alias not in the form of code like ours. Probably the same as the American plate on the top printed like Alabama, Texas, Ohio, and other regional names.

I agree more with a number plate that says the name of this place / region. It is very clear to be recognized, just to be seen immediately to know where the car came from. Try to compare with code systems like ours, for example EA, DN, BP, M, KH, and so on. There are dozens of area codes that it seems that people rarely memorize half of it, let alone all of it hehe.

There are 106 regional names in Japan that we can find on the license plate. In general, these regions are cities in Japan. However, the Japanese Ministry also allows a number of small cities under these cities (maybe a kind of district) to be written on a vehicle plate.

Classification Number

Moving to the right, there is a classification number located next to the name of the place / region, precisely at the top right of the plate.

If the color of the plate was still something like Indonesia. It symbolizes the classification of private, public, military / government cars and there is also an additional meaning of engine capacity. Well, this classification code symbolizes in more detail the specifications of a vehicle.

The classification number consists of numbers 1 through 0. In 1962-71 the code was only 1 digit. When 1967-99 the code was 2 digits. From 1998 until now the code consists of 3 digits.

All we need to see is a number at the beginning. For example, 504 is called 5-series, or 330 is called 3-series. Here is the meaning of the classification number.

  1. 1xx: Trucks with engine capacity above 2000 cc.
  2. 2xx: Buses from small to medium sized buses.
  3. 3xx: Passenger cars with engine capacities above 2000 cc. Now if there is a car with this code, the power is definitely not small hehe. Like seeing coverage of articles or car culture videos in Japan? Take a look, most of the cars must have this 3xx classification number.
  4. 4xx: Trucks, vans, wagons with engine capacity of 660cc to 2000 cc.
  5. 5xx: Same as 3-series, which are passenger cars but the engine capacity is 660 cc – 2000 cc.
  6. 6xx: Three-wheeled truck with engine capacity below 360 cc. (What will it look like?)
  7. 7xx: It hasn’t been used since 1998. Formerly for the classification of three-wheeled passenger cars.
  8. 800: Special function vehicle. For example a police car.
  9. 900: Tractor or forklift.
  10. 000: Construction vehicles.

Two digits after that only functions as a distinguishing variant.

This classification number is also used to identify the originality or hands of ownership of a vehicle. A 1962-71 car that still had a 1-digit classification code number meant that the car was still first-hand. Because if you change hands, the car will be re-registered and the license plate will automatically change to the latest classification number system, which is 3 digits.

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