In many ways the Tokyo show feels just like its done all of the times I’ve been here: a tremendous showcase of the Japanese car industry, letting us look at the new cars, concepts and future tech.

But this time it’s just as much of a case of what isn’t here as what is. You see, with the exception of relative minnows Lotus, Caterham and Alpina, the ‘foreign’ car makers have all stayed away.

Of course, the struggling global economy is partly to blame, but several of us attended the Shanghai show six months, ago where the world’s key car makers were falling over themselves to exhibit.

Many, including Rolls-Royce and Porsche, also launched significant new cars there too. But while you feel the power base is shifting more to mainland Asia, Tokyo and the Japanese car companies still have plenty to offer.