Sudden problems with Japan


I didn’t have time to get ready for Japan, as there were problems. No, the visa was not refused, tea is not Canadians. But anyway.
It seems to be a civilized country. And on the other - you can not just take and rent a car in the country of the rising sun.
As you know, I try to travel only by car, behind the wheel. No public transport: long, uncomfortable, often expensive.
And after all rolling offices in Japan - darkness. Cars for every taste and at any price. To take it, we need international law. I have them, others have already done it on occasion: they are rarely needed, but aptly.

How to get international law, I wrote here
But they are not suitable for Japan !!!How? That's how. There are two conventions on road traffic: the Geneva of 1949 and the Vienna of 1968. And so it happened that Russia signed one, and Japan - another. Previously, on the forms of rights listed participants of both, there was also Japan. Now she is gone. Because it was misleading.

Since it is written in my Russian international rights that they are based on the 1968 Convention, they are invalid in Japan. If I'm an Englishman, no problem. They have the right year.

In short, there is a chance to fly to Tokyo and be left without a car: rental offices wrap people up with “wrong” rights. The network describes cases when a car was given to tourists for Russian IDPs. But little specifics, and no guarantees. You can take the test and get the Japanese rights. But not when the whole trip takes a week. Do not ride a rickshaw!
Suddenly one of my readers still knows a loophole? On the websites of some Japanese rentakars, Russia is in the list of countries of the 1949 convention, and the rights themselves have a page with a translation into Japanese.

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