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madmelSep. 12, 2016 - 11:44AM JST
Quite short sighted appologist stupidity. The Katana is a cultural symbol of the country not a symbol of wwII. Weapons are involved in every confrontation. SO having a rifle on it is no different, right?
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madmelSep. 12, 2016 - 11:31AM JST
Never understood why any country needs to test nuclear weapons? You smash plutonium together you get the same damn mushroom cloud. Then you introduce more gene mutating radiation to the planet...where is the logic there? Not to mention the fact you can never use the weapons in any battle without messing up life on on earth forever.
madmelApr. 12, 2016 - 02:22PM JST
No one knows how it happened just a sad story. 3rd floor or 43rd same results. Most of us think back (especially guys) and we are kinda surprised we survived childhood with the dumb shit we did. All I can think of with this story looking at my six year old girl would be the terrifying fear she experienced for the few seconds the fall took. Gives me the shivers. Hope your next life is a less tragic one little girl. :' (" (is this un-vulger enough for our moderator?)
Posted in: 6-year-old girl falls to death from 43rd floor balcony in Osaka
madmelMar. 17, 2016 - 12:17PM JST
He is simply an ass. A rich ass, just ask him but an ass all the same.
madmelMar. 15, 2016 - 03:40PM JST
Here is one about Japanese cars here and Japan...the Japanese models never had the sticking throttle as the throttle part was made in Japan with higher quality plastic. USA maker of the component opted for a lesser quality plastic that wore prematurely causing it to catch inside...hmmm. I say again the USA wants to market the products they want to sell the Japanese market products the customers want to buy.
madmelMar. 14, 2016 - 02:58AM JST
How gangster of Trump to want more money to "protect" Japan. WOW!!! What a bully. Someone commented that Japanese companies are only here in n-america to make money....are you serious? What a moot point, any company exists to make money. The Suzuki plant hear where I lived was the holly grail of jobs for the unskilled as they paid twice what any local company was...that money got well spent in the community as well. Was a win for all. I invite people to dig a bit and see the unscrupulous paradigm of Trump's business practices to get him where he is. He didn't do it by being a nice guy. People in Japan buy Japanese auto products as they suite them better (and quality if far superior from my experience). For the longest time American makers shoved left had drive cars in their faces and wondered why they didn't sell in a right hand drive market? Duh.
madmelJan. 25, 2016 - 10:38AM JST
There is a very nice animated movie about the engineer that designed and built the zero. It's really not a kids movie but kinda cool. GOt to see a zero at the Oshkosh air show many years ago.. very cool. Even got to hear the machine guns rattle off some blanks on the ground as the crown wouldn't listen to the marshals and get out of the way for it to go out for its demonstration flight...saw a few old boys dive for cover out of an old war habit. I am sure he got in shit for it but it was still awesome!
Posted in: Zero fighter to fly above Japan once more in demonstration this week
madmelJan. 20, 2016 - 01:27PM JST
Wouldn't it be considered eco-tourism? Mater of perspective I am sure. He has brought to the light awareness...the only people I have ever heard of supporting this is someone in that industry. None of my Japanese friends and in-laws had a clue about the consumption of dolphin meat let alone the way it is harvested. I have specifically asked if my kids school lunches are to contain whale (often illegally labeled dolphin) or dolphin I want to know as I do not want them eating that toxic shit. I hope Rick continues is awareness work and keeps himself out of trouble while doing it.
Posted in: Star of dolphin-killing film 'Cove' detained at Narita airport
madmelJan. 18, 2016 - 11:14AM JST
What the hell does the "price" have to do with safety? The company I drive for has to follow the same rules and are subject to the same road side inspections and audits regardless if we are raking in the cash in a sellers market or going broke during the 911 or Sars years. Why is there no indication of what their department of transport is doing. If we have an incident like that even without fatalities it's instant forensic transportation audit. No mention of that only "pricing" ??? HUH? That being said Japan has the best bus drivers I have ever seen. The skill and knowledge needed to get a commercial licence over there would make our class one Transport drivers cry. I am sure it was freaky incident out of their control or they should have told us about a mechanical failure.
madmelDec. 25, 2015 - 08:53PM JST
The Pink Samurai is not as weak as westerners think. Modern equity is a good thing no doubt but it cannot be forced. In Canada we tried shoving/forcing employment equity on various industries 30 years ago as it had it disastrous results as a woman would get hired because she was the only female that applied but was not qualified for the position. The quota's where more important than quality. It created even more bitterness from the old male guard. We have had male dominated societies for a millennia... fixing it over night (aka a few decades of the big picture) properly isn't going to happen.
madmelNov. 29, 2015 - 03:59AM JST
There are a heck of a lot bigger environmental violations in name of Capitalism than this. There is a damn good reason the birds are almost extinct....they are doing it to themselves with a wildlife version of Darwin award. They build their nests on the beach, with no protection from predators at the high tide mark??? ReallY?!?!? I am surprised the species has lasted this long...damn cute little bird though!
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madmelSep. 23, 2015 - 10:59PM JST
I find it amazing that policing bodies like EPA are not the ones catching this (much sooner) if they where doing the job the tax payers pay them to do. GM has authorized urea delete kits for their diesels in medium duty trucks...what does that mean? I have no use for the VW brand for the same reasons they had to know what was happening. One of the most over engineered grocery getter out there. As a mechanic and service manager I always tire of the arguments with customers about the cost of the maintenance and repairs. As with most euro cars...fantastic cars from the drivers seat but not the pocket book.
Posted in: Nissan CEO says it would be hard to hide effort to falsify emissions data
madmelApr. 10, 2015 - 01:20AM JST
What ever fools call post natal depression an "excuse" have never experienced it nor understand mental health troubles at all. It is a very destructive force in a woman's mental health. Unknown to me at the time this can be a life long affliction. In this woman's case she has made a horrible mistake that will probably reinforce the depression for the rest of her life until she succeeds at taking her own life.
Posted in: Mother jumps from roof while holding 17-day-old baby
madmelOct. 17, 2014 - 01:15AM JST
REALLY people???!!! You condone possibly permanent bodily harm because of noise? What the hell is wrong with all of you? Vigilante bodily harm when someone isn't trying to hurt you is so draconian. Now if you find a way to get them to stop and beat the crap out of the scooter with a bar or run it over with your truck hey your call but injuring another person over that is not right.
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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.
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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?
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Dec. 04, 2016 - 04:21AM JST
Should have stepped down after the Sewol incident.
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Dec. 04, 2016 - 04:20AM JST
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