I registered mine through a friend in Gifu. (Which doesn't have the diesel restrictions) It's kind of sketchy legally, but no questions were asked when I registered it... so whatever. (and you can still be listed as the primary owner even when registering it this way)Im with Greasemonkey on his first post about registration. Living in Nagoya also, and aside from paying 1,000,000 Yen for a DPF system, registration isn't possible. IF there is another way I would love to know, so i can get one sooner and use it here before I take it back home as for User shaken, there are a few websites with tips on in for Gaijin. Im no expert, but it seemed fairly straight forward. however, as I mentioned above, unless you know some other secret or live in a prefecture without the requirment (I think Tahara area in aichi is exept as well) you wont be able to complete registration without visiting a shop who will install a Diesel particulate filter and catalyst system for around 600,000 yen for parts, and 400,000 yen for certification and testing. thats the only way you can pass emissions on an older diesel.
Ok, well I guess I'll just bumble through the User Shaken testing facility and ask a lot of questions~ haha ^_^
(My spoken Japanese is fine, but written is a mixed bag... )
Thanks for the info!
Also, where are you in Nagoya? I'm just north of Nagoya Station. We should meet up sometime if you're interested~