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Apple or Google

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Apple or Google
According to an article on CNN online, there were 4.2 million iOS (iPhone or iPad) users who activated their new device on Christmas this year compared to 2.6 million activations on Android (Google).

It is an interesting war on smart phones / tablet devices.
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Submarine Cables

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Submarine Cables
Did you know what submarine cables?
They are the cables connecting continents under the sea for our voice and data needs. One of my staff asked me about trans Pacific cabling so I looked up online about the submarine cables.

Did you know the very first submarine cable in commission was put in 1850 to connect England and France? Isn't that amazing!?

Today the technology changed from copper to fiber cables but we still rely on those cables heavily.

One of my staff found the map of world's submarine cables. It is interesting to see how we are physically connected.

http://www.cablemap.info/
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All Nippon Airways is coming to Seattle

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All Nippon Airways is coming t...
The first delivered 787 went to Japan, received by ANA, one of the largest Japanese Airline companies along with JAL. They made an announcement that they will start to serve Tokyo - Seattle route with Boeing 787 starting sometime in 2012!

I did meet the president of ANA in November, and I did ask him for this to happen. I don't think I made any difference because many people and the Port of Seattle was already requesting to ANA many time, this announcement made me feel somewhat happy because it was only a month ago for me to have a chance to meet the President and ask for this to happen!
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Pom Pom trying for new ring tones

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Pom Pom is trying very hard to figure out which ring tone works the best... really cute.
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Back in the states

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Back in the states
It is hard to believe that I am back in the states - not in Seattle just yet but at San Francisco Airport right now - waiting for my flight home.

I met many incredible people in Tohoku during my last trip.
Each one had their stories about what happened on March 11. But can you imagine what happened to these people from this picture? These are the teachers and members of the school board (they are also ex-teachers) at the dinner we had together the night I arrived.

Can you tell that there are three teachers here who lot their houses by Tsunami? Can you tell which teacher went to each evaluation center to make sure the children from his elementary school were all safe? Can you tell who spent nights with 450 others in cold and dark in the school gym without even any blankets?

I learned how strong we all human are.
I went to Tohoku thinking that PSP can do something to these people. But in reality, I gained lots more from them about courage and wills. I thank all the people who spent time with me during my visit, and I hope to see you all soon.
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Leaving Japan in the evening

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Leaving Japan in the evening
I am going to fly Japan Airline from Tokyo Haneda Airport instead of Narita Airport today. Haneda used to be the hub for all international flights. It is closer to downtown Tokyo than Narita. My flight leaves midnight tonight - regular flights to US departs in the afternoon sometime between 3pm - 6pm otherwise. So I will arrive in San Francisco in the evening, going home to Seattle later in the evening.

This picture was taken on the way to one of the meetings in Hokuriku during my stay. There are many places like this where piles of cars were kept. I heard they still don't know what to do with these metals.

We tend to be sorry for what we don't have regardless of what we have or how much we have. People of Hokuriku taught me that people are strong and can live without stuff as long as we have family and friends around us.

I hope to visit Hokuriku some day soon again. I made new friends to share stories. I hope I get to tell you all what I heard when I return to Seattle.
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A Story to share

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A Story to share
I visited Tohoku for 2 days. For my visit, I could not find the hotel room for the 2nd night so a friend of mine made an arrangement to check me in at a Japanese Inn, which did not really want us there at first because they were booked they said.

The hotel we stayed is Hotel Boyo.
We met the owner and his wife, Mr. & Mrs. Kato, and had a chance to get to know each other as we checked in late at night. We got a chance to talk to each other and they found out why we were there in Kesennuma from Seattle.

Kato san invited us for breakfast at their living quarter, which is right next to the checkin counter of the inn in the lobby becuase their house was damaged by Tsunami and later burned down with the fire.

We went to the lobby at 7:30am as we promised the night before. They had our breakfast ready. There we spent about 45 minutes and they fed us their breakfast at the table. Their story is just so incredible that I want to share it here with you.

The story is about Mr. and Mrs. Kato of Hotel Boyo, located in Kesennuma.

On March 11, they rushed home but the house was already on the fire by the time they were able to reach. At the location where they remembered having their living room they saw two other houses on top. The only thing they were able to save was their dog.

But they did not have a time to be sorry about themselves at first because people who lost their houses started to pour into their inn, hungry, wet, mesirable, and all scared. They let 150 people into the inn where there was no water, power, or heat. They all spent nights there.

As people started to move to their temporary houses, Kato san's family made the decision to discontinue their business because there was no way that they could run the inn the same way they used to from the damages from the earthquake without any visitors in the area. Then a minivan pulled into their parking one day.

It was reporters from CNN France, who came to cover the story about the story on April 11, on one month annivesary. After their coverage, they came to Kato san and asked to see if they can get some rooms to sleep because there were no other places. Kato san hesitatedly said to the crew if it was all right to charge them 5,000 yen per night per person, and the crew said yes!

By then, they fired all the staff so Kato san, his wife, his mother, and his son all took care of the rooms to be prepared for the crew.

This was the beginning of thier business being rebuilt.

They made the decision to open the inn, not to the visitors like in the past with groumet dinners, but to all the volunteers and vendors who needed the place to stay for their recovery process. They cut their price into a third, re-hiring some people so they can not only have the clean places to stay for these people but also be able to feed with meals. They refuse all the customers who are visiting Kesennuma for sightseeing because that is no longer the vision of their business.

Kato san shared their tears with me. Kato san's wife said that she thought they would not live through the disaster but all these volunteers and people from the world started to show up in front of their inn, and started to help. They now have a new vision and mission in life. Kato san says everyone is his family and welcome to his family. They asked me to share their story to people in Seattle, handed me the book of the pictures about the earthquake and tsunami.

I thank Kato san for sharing his story and the breakfast. They didn't know me until last night. I now have a new goal in life and reasons to appreciate what I have.

Kato san's wife hugged me crying as I was getting ready to leave, and she asked me to come back to visit them, while thanking us for staying at their inn.

I just happened to meet them in Kesennuma. But we now share the vision and hope.
I hope you will also be able to share their vision and hope by reading this blog.
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Very busy day

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Very busy day
We visited 3 schools, and 2 city/town halls. Although I did not get a chance to speak with students, I was able to hear some true stories that really touched our hearts.

I met a few teachers who lost their houses but stayed at school to help the people who evacuated. I met an elementary teacher who went to every evacuation centers so he could make sure all the students were safe. And I am spending a night at Hotel Boyo, a Japanese inn, which survived the tsunami by a few feet although it is standing on top of the hill.

I met with the owner family members of the hotel as we checked in. They lost everything because their house was damaged by Tsunami and then burned down. They now live in the inn they run, and they said they had no idea what would happen to them because their inn turned into a evaluation center, helping 150 people who evacuated so they did not know if they can run the inn as their business ever again.

They now have their family living room right by the hotel lobby. They invited us to join them for breakfast in their living room. They told me that after the disaster, they welcome anyone and everyone. I thank Mr. and Mrs. Kato for their warmth welcome to us.

This picture shows the land where there used to be a town called Minami Sanriku cho. The Tsunami hit as high as 29 meters. Too many lives were lost here also.
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Day 3 - arrived in Kesennuma in Tohoku

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Day 3 - arrived in Kesennuma...
After 4 hour train rides from Tokyo, we have arrived in Kesennuma in Tohoku this afternoon. I walked about a couple hours to look around.

The train station is on the hill and I could not even tell that the earthquake hit this area because there are so little damages from the earthquake. We walked down the hill for about 15 minutes and turned one corner, and there we saw the devastating scenes near ports.

Majority of the buildings totally damaged are now being taken down so there are many open spots. We even saw some houses that are already rebuilt. Most of the ships we saw on the news that ended up on land were removed except a few.

Temporary buildings are being built for businesses, stores, restaurants, and residents. I walked through this small temporary malls (they are not fancy ones but more like trailers), and everyone welcomes people who came to see the area.

This picture was taken in the hardest hit area of Shishiori in Kesennuma city. This house used to be three stories, but its second floor was smashed when the tsunami hit. We saw piles of smashed cars and a few ships on the land in the same area. But if we pass one freeway, then there we saw no damages. It has been 8 and a half months since the earthquake and tsunami, but the town will need lots more help in getting all these cleaned up and rebuilt.
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Day 1 in Japan

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Day 1 in Japan
I arrived in Tokyo in thunder storm last night on Japan Airline.
12 hour flight is a long flight for me. I wish they fly from Seattle to Tokyo!

This is the picture of Tokyo - sunny and bit cool in 50's.
I only have 2 days in Tokyo this time, and then will head to Tohoku, the area hit by Tsunami on Wednesday morning in Japan.
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