Truck drivers need to abide by strict regulations called Hours of Service regulations. These rules were created to monitor and control the number of consecutive hours a driver is on the road. They are in place to prevent truck drivers from driving too tired and causing an accident and they also prevent carriers from forcing extremely long working hours on their employees.
All languages have abbreviations and contractions (sometimes much to the consternation of translators and interpreters) and Japanese is no exception. The Japanese love shortening their language in new, catchy ways. These shortenings can range from common everyday items, to situations, and even people's names!
My love affair with this country started in my early teens. I had the pleasure of living in Germany for almost three years when I was in the military. I was stationed in both Garlstatdt and Mainz. Garlstatdt is located in the northern area of Germany between Bremen and Bremerhaven, close to Osterholz Scharmbeck. Mainz is centrally located about twenty five minutes north of Frankfurt by train.