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madmelJun. 30, 2014 - 09:27PM JST
Not all cars have the plastic hook that keeps the mat from moving forward and causing this problem. This must be the problem here. Aftermarket mats that don't have the hook cause problems all the time as they slide forward and push on the accelerator or get under the brake pedal and reduce braking ability. In the winter when the floor seldom gets above freezing here the soggy mat is a frozen board and the problem gets worse.
Posted in: U.S. probing 360,000 Nissan cars for unintended speeding
madmelJun. 29, 2014 - 11:16PM JST
Such a horrible horrible death. In our country smoke detectors are mandatory and prevent most of these deaths as people get the chance to get out while the fire is still small. I don't recall seeing them in Japan. I think carbon monoxide detectors are becoming a common item on residential leases as well. Both detectors can be had for less that $100.00....pretty cheap life insurance.
Posted in: 80-year-old woman, grandson perish in house fire
madmelMar. 30, 2014 - 11:01AM JST
If it's true the tax payers are subsidizing this farce it needs to stop. No industry should have long term subsidy. Your company rises or falls on market success. If there is no market you change your business or close shop. The use of this (and dolphin) possibly toxic meat in school lunches is criminal. It's taking advantage of ones own culture of not questioning the establishment. I will not let my child attend a school that serves that garbage.
Posted in: Biggest threat to Japan whaling: Declining appetites
madmelMar. 03, 2014 - 10:35AM JST
Just a typical tourist being an absolute idiot. They are SOOOOO lucky this didn't end in a shower of bullets. I live in the Banff AB Canada area and we see this all the time. (ie wedding couple pulling onto the main highway ramp going the wrong way...head on collision with truck...dead) Why do supposedly intelligent people park their brains at home when they decide to drive a car at anther destination? Let alone cultural, language, left/right hand drive issues!!!!!
Posted in: Confused Japanese tourists trigger highway pursuit in Utah
madmelOct. 08, 2013 - 04:12PM JST
SauloJpn Taiji is Taiji, why blanket the whole prefecture under one horrible umbrella? My inlaws in Wakayama city knew nothing of this place or it's practices until I showed them "The Cove". They where ashamed to see this was taking place in their prefecture. I agree with a few other posters that we have to look out for all marine life and treat it with respect. If we treated catle, pigs, or chickens the way we treat/kill marine life we would be (in Canada at least) charged via some sort of animal cruelty law.
Posted in: Dolphin-killing town to open marine park
madmelSep. 09, 2013 - 09:58PM JST
So they think they can control the contaminated water...ok, but what about the melted reactor core now resting below the plant in the soil?? Did I hear correct that one of the aquifers for Tokyo's water supply passes through Fukashima? Freaking wonderful. Great Toko got the games but if this problem isn't solved will anyone show up?
Posted in: TEPCO posts message in English on Fukushima crisis
madmelSep. 08, 2013 - 04:35AM JST
Thank you Tepco for screwing up something else for your nation..... That aside I would never go to Tokyo for the "summer" games as I would simply melt from the heat. Didn't Tokyo clear 40+ this summer? Are not all the cities going for the bid have extremely hot summers?
Posted in: Tokyo, Istanbul, Madrid make final 45-minute pitches ahead of 2020 vote
madmelApr. 26, 2013 - 03:59PM JST
No proof required, I would never trust the government to tell the truth about the levels or what they deep safe.....let me know when any of the nay Sayers here move their families on purpose into or near this disaster area...just because is is just perfect there.
Posted in: Court rejects demand to evacuate children from city in Fukushima
madmelApr. 16, 2013 - 03:14PM JST
That is actually the main problem with ESL training...they worry WAY to much about grammar in the beginning when the skill of pronouncing words clearly so an English only speaker understands the person is far more useful. The main point is communication. Grammar does not need to be correct to communicate but clarity is paramount. I went into a Chinese restaurant and the whole time I was dealing with the waiter I had no problem talking with her heavy accent as I have an ear for it...my Mother did not understand one word the waitress spoke..yet her grammar was perfect. This happens A LOT ...
Posted in: Why do some native English speakers use broken or grammatically incorrect English, when trying to communicate with someone who isn't a native English speaker, but who may understand some English? Do they think that somehow broken English is easier to understand?
madmelApr. 15, 2013 - 11:40AM JST
I have nothing against eating any animal however to rape the planet of various animals (in this case oceanic mammals) until extinction is sheer madness. I have Japanese acquaintances who have the "I will eat what I want" attitude. Yet they cannot justify why their nation is to stupid to figure out how to feed themselves in a way that doesn't require various species genocide? A third world nation ok I get it but a first world nation like Japan....grab a brain.
Posted in: Australia to tackle Japan on whaling at U.N. world court
madmelApr. 15, 2013 - 11:19AM JST
lol Eppee....with some non English speakers we cannot or we simply give up as we are the ones who get frustrated when we cannot get a point across. Not very polite I will agree but sometimes you only have so much time to get through to someone. Our biggest fault is speed of speech that has lots of idioms and slang. We have many Japanese living here near Banff AB Canada and I am always reminding my staff that that blank stare you get is not stupidity....its their brain straining to figure out what the heck you just said. Conversely I can understand someones broken English better than anyone at my shop.... Have any Japanese people on this thread ever visited Newfoundland Canada? If so HOW did you get by? I cannot even understand half the English spoken out there.
madmelApr. 10, 2013 - 10:19PM JST
Well it's about time Japan entered the early 90's....my first trip to Japan 10 years ago was soooooo gross as all the wonderful restaurants and coffee houses where always full of wretched smoke. No eating or drinking establishment give a shit about the non smoker so the laws are leveling the playing field since no one would take the initiative....now why is there not as many over regulations regarding child restraints in cars!?
Posted in: Have Japan’s anti-smoking laws gone too far?
madmelApr. 02, 2013 - 03:51PM JST
Why do all these new fighter jets in various courtries are looking at buying...suck?...or at least a load of people say they suck? Total reinvention of the wheel seems unneded for a conventional fighter. Why don't they just evolve/update the existing hardware that seems to work fine (to an ignorant non-military person like me) like the F14 & f18??
Posted in: Japan's military chief says F-35 is best fighter
madmelMar. 30, 2013 - 03:14PM JST
badman you stated it very well..more elegant than I did. The fact remains if two gay people love each other then go for it, it's non of my damn business. I am a hetro btw afroengineer and I support equality for all "humans' sounds like you might have a closet case of bestiality brewin there yourself....where did that crap come from???
Posted in: Do you support same-sex marriages?
madmelMar. 26, 2013 - 12:23PM JST
It's non of the nay Sayers business....if you don't like it tough shit. I can think of way more dysfunctional disgusting hetro couples than I can gay ones. But then again it's NONE of my business who loves who!!! This is not a discussion in a modern world it's just part of someones life. I am way to busy with my own life to worry or give a damn about who marries who. If you do have your nickers in a knot then you have WAY to much freakin time on your hands...go get another job, hobby or something...
madmelJan. 06, 2013 - 12:42AM JST
From what I have seen as I get to know other nations world knowledge is that selective historical teachings are the norm. Nations have pride and the horrible things that military personnel have done are embarrassing and damaging. Living in the horrific/negative past can hinder moving productively into the future. It's also human nature to forget the negative. It's important to know history but dwelling there will be so unproductive for any nation.
Posted in: S Korea says Japan must heal wounds of wartime excesses
madmelDec. 26, 2012 - 09:23AM JST
This baby does deserve a much better life and by the actions of the mother the childs life has just taken a huge step up "after" being found. In Calgary a abandoned mom (from the Canadian father who was a scumbag) left in the shadows let her little one of a few months old starve to death as she didn't know where to turn and obviously had a mental health issue (possibly triggered by postpartum depression a very destructive problem)....even a very "social" country has lots of safety nets but if you don't know how to leap into the net you (or your (unborn)child) will never get help... I would suspect a terrified and extremely naive teen is the mom....
Posted in: Newborn girl found in bag near highway in Saitama
madmelSep. 21, 2012 - 10:26PM JST
Gogogo...what is a yak (other than a ungulate in Tibet)? I am sure Apple can simply block those serial numbers from accessing iTunes or any other thing to do with Apple....probably lead the police right to the person if they are stupid enough to use a contract sim in it that would have all their personal info attached to it)
Posted in: 226 iPhone 5 handsets stolen in Japan
madmelAug. 16, 2012 - 10:30PM JST
Hmmm I have lost a lot of respect for S-Korea over this one....it is very disrespectful to these victims to use this as political posturing. It's very well documented about Japans apologies for the Warlord like actions of the Imperial Army.... people sure forget how the people and the civilian government had no desire for a lot of what happened in WWII....unlike Germany where the civilian government and military rule where one in the same. It's just sad pages from the human story about sex slavery type activities that happen during every war in our history...some of us men are just pigs and hopefully our civility will correct that. Why do people insist on living in the dark past that has no relevance to modern ideals and people? I have never heard of such BS coming from the German neighbors....at least not in the past 20 years. Could be my ignorance but I just don't recall it.
Posted in: S Korean president urges Japan to resolve wartime sex slavery issue
madmelJul. 23, 2012 - 07:51PM JST
Well Schopenhauer hit the nail on the head....get out of Japan and let them defend them selves! Bravo that is the best thing I have heard in a long time. I know many a tax payer in the US that would like to know why they piss money away on a military base that is not on US soil. If something comes up in SE Asia they can have one or more of their monstrous air craft carriers there quick enough.
As for the Ospray...what does this thing do any better than a helicopter for more money?
Posted in: Protests as 12 Osprey aircraft arrive at Iwakuni
Aug. 01, 2014 - 12:30AM JST
@the Resident: No contribution to the topic? Re-read what I quoted from the article, then my…
Posted in: Airbus says no room for more talks in cancelled Japan jet deal
Aug. 01, 2014 - 12:29AM JST
As Eamonn Fingleton has written:
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Aug. 01, 2014 - 12:20AM JST
These are a horrible idea. I really hope they don't catch on in Japan.
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“We urge you to hold Japan and Canada to the same high standards as other TPP…
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Aug. 01, 2014 - 12:13AM JST
There are plenty of observations to make about why one little installation doesn't generate enough power,…
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