Joeblake wrote:I suppose one could be grateful to be not living in Japan.
Particularly this bit ...
Once you have decided on a car to buy, the first thing you have to do is to get a "proof of parking" certificate ("shako shomeisho") from the police department.
Apart from the time this takes, this seems like a fairly sensible idea. At the moment because of the car centric lifestyle of Australian cities - and many others around the world, residential developments must generally include provision for car parking. Those who want to live car free are paying for something they don't use, unless they are in a position to sublet their car space. And it would mean that residential streets that are currently clogged up with cars parked by residents would be used for their intended use - which is not as a car park.
Car parking provision could become an investment class. You'd only buy it when you needed it.Stand alone parking decoupled from residential. Much more flexible