I am a US citizen living in Japan. I never had a driver's license in the US prior to coming to Japan, and I do not currently hold a license from any country (including Japan, US, and anywhere else). I am planning to remain a Japan resident, but would like to be able to drive in the US.
Japanese driver's licenses are very expensive to get, and would require me to get an international license every time I went to the US and wanted to drive. In contrast, US licenses are incredibly cheap and easy to get, and wouldn't have that restriction (I have no intention to drive in Japan).
When I looked through various states on DMV.org, the half-dozen states that I checked all require you to be a resident of the state to get a license. Is there any way to get a license valid in the US as a non-resident citizen?