Post by Rick B.
Eons ago National Geographic claimed that there were no red cars in Japan, as
the color was reserved for fire engines. I don't know if that's still true.
Here is an article from the Oct. 1930 edition of Popular Science
http://tinyurl.com/ycwbjlxx that says maroon cars were not allowed in
Japan because that color was reserved for cars belonging to the royal
family. The article also says that red cars were not wanted in Japan
because of the color's association with Russia.