How to drive a car for free in Japan
Japanese car owners are increasingly finding it cheaper to modify their cars.
A number of new companies offer “car lease modifications”, which enable the owner to drive his or her car for an unspecified fee.
But the practice is not without controversy, and the Japanese government has been cracking down on it.
New Scientist reports that the country has banned the practice for now, but that it could be revived soon.
It’s not clear whether the new cars will be driven by people with no car insurance or those who are already licensed to drive.
The government’s decision to ban the practice comes after several car owners sued a Japanese insurance company over the practice, which they said was illegal.
The court agreed with the car owners, but ruled that the company had no legal right to force a car owner to buy an insurance policy.