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Terms and Conditions

The Terms and Conditions of Zooming Japan are valid as of March 5th 2013.  I reserve the right to change any points at any given time, so make sure to check back!

 

1. Agreement

By accessing this blog, you are agreeing to be bound by “Zooming Japan’s” Terms and Conditions of Use. If you do not agree with any of these terms, you are prohibited from using or accessing this site. I’d hate to see you go, so if you have any questions or suggestions, please feel free to contact me.

 

2. Blog Content

“Zooming Japan” is a personal blog run by me. All data and information provided on my blog is for informational purposes only. The content I post is based on my personal experience or opinion. Don’t take it as a fact!

 

Limitation of Liability

The materials on Zooming Japan’s blog are provided “as is”. Zooming Japan makes no warranties, expressed or implied, and hereby disclaims and negates all other warranties, including without limitation, implied warranties or conditions of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose, or non-infringement of intellectual property or other violation of rights. Further, Zooming Japan does not warrant or make any representations concerning the accuracy, likely results, or reliability of the use of the materials on this blog or otherwise relating to such materials or on any sites linked to this site.

 

Accuracy of Information:

Although I work very hard to provide you with up-to-date information, I can’t guarantee for the accuracy, completeness, currentness, suitability, or validity of any information, products, services or related graphics here on Zooming Japan. As this is mainly a travel blog, provided information is likely to change often. That can include train times, current prices, addresses, opening hours, phone numbers, travel information and website addresses. Please always double check! You don’t want to stand on the top of a mountain during a typhoon just to realize that the museum you wanted to visit is shut down for several months, now do you? (That actually happened to me because the website I used had outdated information on it ….)

I am not providing any professional advice. You are taking all the provided information at your own risk. Please contact a professional travel agency, Google or your cat instead!

 

Offending content:

Please note that if I accidentally humiliate, defame, purge or hurt someone’s feelings or person as a result of them reading, acting upon any or all of the information or advice provided on my blog, it is entirely unintentional of me to do so. If the topic of a blog post, bad grammar, slang or punctuation translates or is interpreted into something bad in your country or culture it was certainly not my intention and I will not be held responsible for it. If you find insult where none was intended feel free to leave “Zooming Japan”. If you identify any such content that is harmful, malicious, sensitive or unnecessary, please contact me.

 

Damages and errors:

In no event shall Zooming Japan be liable for any damages (including, without limitation, damages for loss of data or profit, or due to business interruption,) arising out of the use or inability to use the materials on this blog, even if Zooming Japan or a Zooming Japan authorized representative has been notified orally or in writing of the possibility of such damage.

I will not be liable for any errors, omissions, or delays in the provided information or any losses, injuries, or damages arising from its display or use. All information is provided on an as-is basis. Use your own brainpower before you decide based on what you’ve read on my blog. You won’t be compensated in any way if you’ll end up with a negative result (damage, loss etc.) because of something written here on Zooming Japan!

The materials appearing on this blog could include technical, typographical, grammatical or photographic errors. (I’m not a native speaker of English!) I won’t take responsibility if you take something as a fact because of such an error. If you find any inaccurate information or might find pleasure in correcting my typos, please do not hesitate to contact me.

 

Revisions:

Zooming Japan may modify the materials and information contained on this blog at any time without notice. However, there is no commitment implied to update the materials. Zooming Japan also reserves the right to change the focus of the blog, to shut it down, sell it or change the terms of use at any time.

 

Accessibility:

Although I try to keep this blog running 24 hours a day, access to the site may be temporarily or permanently suspended without notice at my own discretion, due to possible updates or technical issues beyond my control. I will not be liable if for any reason the website is unavailable at any time or for any period of time. I will, however, try to get the website back online as soon as possible.

 

3. Copyright

Unless otherwise noted, Zooming Japan (zoomingjapan.com) is the legal copyright holder of all (written, multimedia and graphic) material on this blog and it may not be used, reprinted, (partially) modified or published without my written consent. All photos and other works on this website are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License unless stated otherwise.

You are required to offer a link back to this website if you use ANY of the material here.

 

Blog posts:

You can copy small parts of information (about 20% of a blog post) and share it, but you need to provide a link back to my blog and highlight the parts you copied from Zooming Japan.

 

Photos:

Of course you are allowed to save the photos to your desktop and then modify them for personal use. If you want to share or use any of my photos online or offline, then please don’t remove the watermark! Also, you are not allowed to HOTLINK to my photos!!

You are NOT allowed to share any graphics that have no watermark on them or that are not copyrighted by Zooming Japan (see Credits). For material that is copyrighted by somebody else, please check for their copyright license before sharing!

 

 4. Advertising, Sponsorship

Running Costs:

A few years ago I was annoyed by websites that used ad banners. That was before I started my own blog when I didn’t understand much about the blogging world yet. Truth is you don’t only put a LOT of time into your blog, you also have monthly running costs (at the very least for the domain and hosting).

In order to cover those running costs, I decided to allow forms of cash advertising, sponsorship, paid insertions or other forms of compensation.

I still can’t cover my monthly running costs, but as soon as I can I want to use the extra money to improve this blog (e.g. with a Newsletter service).

 

Useful for my readers:

Please know that I only will display ads that are related to your interests or to Japan! Most of the advertisement displayed on my blog is in fact really useful such as for “Working in Japan”, “Japan Railpass”, “Sakura House Japan” etc. I’m sure that those are really useful for YOU!

Furthermore, I try to recommend travel guides or books that are related to traveling or living in Japan whenever it makes sense. There was a really good one for Yakushima, for example, that most people didn’t know about. Some of the links to Amazon.com (not Amazon.co.jp) are referral links and if you purchase a product I recommend, I’ll get a small commission (really VERY small).

Be assured that I will only recommend books and products that are considered to be very good and that I and / or people I know have used!

 

Ad Blockers:

If you like my blog and want to support Zooming Japan or if you don’t want to miss great offers (hotels, rail passes) and travel guide recommendations, then please turn off your Ad Blocker (if you use one).

You don’t have to turn it off completely. Some Ad Blockers (like the one for the Firefox browser) allow to just “enable ads” on certain domains. It’s pretty much the same for all browsers, but here’s how to do it for Firefox and Chrome.

If you have any questions about the advertising here on Zooming Japan, then please feel free to drop me a line.

 

5. Third Parties

Zooming Japan includes links to other sites/blogs operated by third parties and is not responsible for the contents of any such linked site. The inclusion of any link does not imply endorsement by Zooming Japan of the site. Use of any such linked web site is at the user’s own risk.

I am not responsible for the actions of my advertisers or sponsors that you can find on my blog. If you purchase a product or service based upon a link from my blog, you must take action with that company to resolve any issues. For more information, please refer to the Privacy Policy.

 

6. Blog Comment Policy

Comments are welcomed and encouraged on Zooming Japan, but there are some instances where comments will be edited or deleted as follows:

  • Comments deemed to be spam or questionable spam will be deleted.
  • Links to relevant content are permitted, but comments should be relevant to the post topic.
  • I won’t allow shameless self-promotion in comments. Those comments will be deleted.
  • Comments including profanity will be deleted.
  • Comments containing language or concepts that could be deemed offensive will be deleted.
  • Comments that attack a person individually will be deleted.

Zooming Japan reserves the right to edit or delete any comments submitted to this blog without notice.

 

7. E-mail Policy

E-mails are welcome and you may write to me using the contact form I provide on my blog. I reserve the right that I might not reply to all e-mails. While I try to read and reply to all e-mails, I sometimes can’t!

There are several reasons why you won’t receive a reply from me:

  1. I never got your e-mail (server issues, spam filter etc.).
  2. Your e-mail was considered as an offending mail or a spam mail and was deleted by me.
  3. I simply didn’t have the time.

I won’t guarantee that I will reply to all e-mails, but I promise that I try my best!

 

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