I am not well versed enough to know if this is "normal", but over a year and still experiencing some basic problems. .. this doesn't seem acceptable to me.
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Depends what this is for, but 18 is more than old enough for someone to make an educated choice.
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I urge the US to improve relations with the entire globe and it's own people.
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I care about the present. The dwindling leg room, increasing costs for simply bringing luggage and made up fee's which are veiled under fancy catch phrases are all worrisome to me. I can lose weight if the seat is too tight, but I will not cut off my legs to be comfortable. These are major issues facing me as a traveler. It costs nearly twice as much for me to fly to Japan from Canada as it did just 7 years ago and I have less leg room, less and worse food AND can now only take one piece of checked in luggage whose weight has been reduced. On my last trip to Japan I noticed the leg room on domestic flights has also been greatly reduced to an uncomfortable level for a taller person as myself. I hope these CEO's are working on solving actual problems rather than these pie in the sky idea's for a future which will exist long after they take their huge salaries and bonuses into retirement.
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Governments knowing all our secrets AND also keeping secrets from us is not the type of government I support.
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It's like training a dog. You don't react, turn your back and walk away. You give it's bad behavior any attention and it will take that positive or negative reinforcement and strengthen their anti social behavior.
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Unfortunately the US continues to show it is only interested in navel gazing and not actually supportive of their allies when they need it most. It's not surprising to me, just disappointing. Acknowledging this ridiculous claim of China's in any way is a large mistake, just like when Obama went to the middle east to apologize. The US doesn't seem to understand or care that the rest of the world doesn't prescribe to their values or sense of justice. There is no need for the US to ask civilian aircraft to comply as there is nothing to comply with.
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I was wondering why they were reporting such a small quake. Thank you to the readers for clearing up the magnitude. I hope everyone is ok, as I am sure they are after a 5.4. I have noticed that as well, that as least psychologically, the quakes last longer these days.
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Oh Wow, I never thought of that! LOL. I saw the NSA server farms in the early 90's, I can only imagine what they are like now. This all got big with the advent of the phone and will only get bigger as people continue to be open under their false feeling of security when using personal electronics.
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@lordpounce, the Canadian government has taken a get rid of any immigrants; real or perceived; with criminal records stance and no longer worries about death penalties or human rights as it once did. So if you live in Canada and follow politics, this decision is not surprising and will be supported by the right wing supporters of the current government.
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Just flew over it on the 14th and it was dry as a bone on the summit. Made for a great contrast in photos I took 6 years ago when it was snow capped. What a great mountain it is!
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They look ridiculous. If you can't take something like this seriously enough to work out a constructive solution, then how can they do anything else? What would it take? Aliens invading? World War? Why must be go to those kind of extremes before people aren't so partisan.
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organized crime is better than disorganized for the everyday citizen. It would be nice if we lived in a world where criminals and dictators whom were overthrown were replaced by good people, but one need only look at recent history in areas like Iraq and Egypt to see that waging a war like this isn't always a good thing unless an extremely well thought out exit strategy is fully committed to at all cost.
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Think of the position you are putting people working at the on-sen in if they are allowed to selectively enforce the tattoo rule. Do you want to be the person working for minimum wage telling the Yakuza that they can't go in, because they have a tattoo, but the other person with the Tattoo who may not be Yakuza can? People are too quick to dismiss things as being racism or descrimination, this rule exists for a reason and a good one at that depending on your point of view. I love Japan and the rules it has are a large part of why I choose to visit it and respect it's rules as much as possible.
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More childish antics proving that maturity doesn't always come with age. I'm looking forward to ignoring countries like this and enjoying the Olympics in Tokyo, which will undoubtedly be an enormous success on the heals of much Japanese dedication to perfection which no other country to emulate. I suppose this is partially why countries like China are jealous and constantly lashing out at Japan, while I choose to embrace others strengths and learn from them.
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What a sad waste of resources which could be devoted towards productive things. I understand Japans need to respond, but the antagonist in matters like these is just plain ridiculous.
0 ( +2 / -2 )
Get over it already! So many of my ancestors have been slaughtered, I thank god my parents and their generation moved on and stopped living in the past so I didn't have to carry this burden with me and like Tamarama says, it's most likely not genuine anyways.
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I'm not sure if these problems are excessive, or par for the course on a new plane.
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It's normal to have issue's on something new, but quality control on things of this magnitude should be held to a higher standard.
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Why is it ok for the Inuit to whale as a part of their culture, using motorized outboard engines and rifles, but Japanese cannot. Sort of ironic considering there is a good body of evidence showing the Inuit actually came from Japan. how people pick and choose their battles based on what's popular back in the homeland and not paying heed to other people's cultures. I'm sure it would take five minutes of research to find something easily manipulated to be embarrassing to many Australians on the world stage, like say their dealings with their Aboriginal peoples?
For those who say whale meat is not eaten by many in Japan, that is not my experience. I have it every time I visit my inlaws and sometimes when I go for sushi.
It would be an amazing world if people dealt with facts rather than what suits them. I for one do not know what's going on in the higher ups minds in Aus or Japan, but I can relate to the experiences I have had which I outline above.
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