I just arrived in Japan to live for three years, been here three weeks and have not heard the "Gaijin" word at all yet!!! Personally, I don't care if this word is a Pejorative. Every country in the world has their own pejoratives towards a foreigner. I know who I am and where I come from, why let a word offend me? I'd much rather enjoy the country and make long lasting friends while I'm here.
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I agree with you! US security measures are effective. And the country is still living in fear! Once again, this says a lot about the effectiveness of their foreign policies. A less aggressive stance may be a better long term solution. Instead of shotting the bad guys in Afghanistan or elsewhere(which is feeding more hatred towards America and their allies). Just an opinion.
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The worst decide the Australian Labour Party made was listen to polls and axe Kevin Rudd as leader. Although I currently dislike Julia Gillards policies and the way she snaked her way to the top job, if the ALP axe her as well I fear it will ultimately destroy any chance of gaining public support back for the next election. People don't just vote for a political party (although apparently we officially do), they vote for a strong leader to lead that party. The ALP has made the choice of Julia Gillard so I believe they must now keep her and make she show Australia her value. She shouldn't think to win the next election, but she may beable to stop a landslide defeat.
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10 years on and the US are still living in fear of attacks. This says a lot about the effectiveness of their foreign policies!
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I visited The Economist website (the survey organiser) as I was curious to see the results in more detail of the top 10 cities. $265 US dollars is the charge for each city report. A joke! Clearly, this organisation is all about making profits and it wouldn't surprise me if Australia Tourism paid for these results. After all, they spend over $3.5 million Australian dollars to get Oprah Winfrey to Australia. As well as paying god knows how much to Hollywood for Baz Luhrmann to create his (not such a masterpiece) movie called 'Australia' back in 2008. What better way to advertise Australia then by promoting our cities as liveable.
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