This is the same tire as the Falken fk-452. They are made by Sumitomo rubber company in Japan. I use them my self and sold thousands of them over the years. These are a way better tire than the replacement, Falken fk453. The only instance where the fk453 is better suited than the ohtsu fp-8000 (fk-452) is on a car with camber issues, because it is asymmetrical, and has a solid inner band, it resists feathering on a car with camber issues. Other wise the fp-8000 has a larger contact patch than the 453. Because it isn't directional the gaps between the tread need to be bigger to deal with the water at high speeds, but because of this less rubber touches the ground compared to the same size in the fk452 or fp8000. The fk452 and fp8000 also sheds water at a high speed better and lasts longer. Any regular consumer needs value and mileage out of a tire, so having more tread is necessary to get a decent amount of mileage. I hope this helps some of you. The Ohtsu is the best value on the market. If money's no object, the Michelin Super Sport is a slightly better tire but cost twice as much for only about a 5% improvement over this tire. This is the way to go for 95% of us.