Japanese Student Steals GT-R, Swaps Plates with Mom’s Car, Wins Drift Contest

Published September 3, 2015

Yesterday the Osaka Police announced the arrest of a 20-year-old university student from Funai for the theft of two sports cars, one of which was used to win an event on the Inagawa Circuit.

The third-year male college  student has been charged with the theft of a Nissan GT-R from the parking lot of a vehicle shipping company at the port of Kobe back in April. He was a part-time employee of the shipping company at the time.


Used cars awaiting to be loaded onto ships at the post of Kobe.

Soon after driving off in the Nissan the student entered the GT-R in a drifting competition at the Inagawa Circuit in Hyogo Prefecture using a license plate taken from his mother’s car to cover his tracks.  He won the event, and footage on the circuit’s Web site (since taken down) shows the suspect in the winner’s circle next to the stolen GT-R. Apparently he drove it like he stole it.


The tight, narrow Inagawa Circuit is used primarily for motorcycle and karting events, but also drifting and time attack.

The suspect, who was a minor at the time of the crimes, admits to the allegations, telling police that he has aspirations to eventually race at the Suzuka circuit, Japan’s premiere race track and site of the country’s Formula 1 race..

But the GT-R wasn’t the only car this young man stole. He’s also charged with removing a BMW M4 from a lot of the same shipping company in Osaka’s Suminoe Ward in February.  Not surprisingly, he had some help; police have also arrested two accomplishes of the thief.

The thefts came to the attention of the police after the stolen BMW was involved in a traffic accident in Daito City in May. The student must not have had his mom’s license plates on the BMW.

Asked why they stole the cars, the response of the the thieves was unanimous “we wanted to run around in fun cars.”

This story was compiled from reports in the Asahi Shimbun and Sankei Shimbun.


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