When obtaining vehicles in Japan, you have two legal obligations: purchasing CALI (Jibaiseki in Japanese) and having Motor-vehicle Inspection (Shaken in Japanese) a twice year. If you don’t follow these duties, you will be imposed penalties, such as fines, or imprisonment. In this article, let’s take a closer look at the two duties and how they relate to each other.
Purchasing CALI (jibaiseki) is legally mandatory for all of the vehicle owners in Japan according to the law of the Automobile Liability Security Act in Japan. If you don’t purchase it, you will be imposed under one-year imprisonment or fine under JPY500,000. The following is the CALI's price depending on the kinds of your car.
CALI's price in Japan (Unit: JPY)
|Kinds of vehicle||Contract period (month)|
|Regular passenger vehicle||36,780||35,950||26,680||25,830||16,380||15,520|
|Small motor truck||-||-||30,460||29,470||18,360||17,350|
|"Kei" passenger vehicle which is for "Shaken"||35,610||34,820||25,880||25,070||15,960||15,130|
|Regular truck of which maximum carring capacity is over 2t||-||-||53,890||51,990||30,660||28,720|
|Regular truck of which maximum carring capacity is under 2t||-||-||44,100||42,580||25,520||23,970|
|Motorcycle with over 250cc||14,950||14,690||11,780||11,520||8,560||8,290|
|Motorcycle with 125-250cc||-||15,720||-||12,220||-||8,650|
|Motorized bycycle with under 125cc||-||2,340||-||9,950||-||7,500|
- The price is for the contract made after April 1, 2017
- The price is different in Okinawa pref. or some other areas.
Motor-vehicle inspection (Shaken)
In Japan, it’s also legally mandatory for all of the vehicle owners to pass Motor-vehicle Inspection (Shaken in Japanese) every two years. It’s also based on the law of the Road Transport Vehicle Act. If you skip the inspection, you will be imposed under 6 months imprisonment or fines under JPY300,000. Since shaken expires after two years, CALI (Jibaiseki) should be eligible for more than two years then.