[registrars] More about mobile telephones; Summit Fever
I've already written about the cell phones and the personal hand sets
(PHS). But there's more to say.
There is a video phone option with the PHS sets. The data transfer rates
are very high, much higher than for a cell phone.
These video phones are heavily used in the construction field. A foreman
can go up in the scaffolding, hold the phone up to a weld and show it to
the supervisors and inspectors in the construction office.
Another reason for wanting a PHS is that it can work wherever there is an
antenna. Coke and other beverage machines in subway stations have these
facilities. A subway passenger can pop out of his train, make a call from
underground, jump on the next train (2 to 6 minutes) and be on his way.
NTT DoCoMo offers an option which can work in both environments, cellular
NTT DoCoMo has rushed to market with an English option iMode phone -- the
one which surfs the Internet. These instruments will be given to the
Summit delegates and their "Sherpas". (What is a "Summit Sherpa"? He or
she is someone who guides the G-8 leader to the Summit).
The Summit will be held in Okinawa about 1,000 miles South of here on 21-23
July. However, expect a lot of activity and commotion in Tokyo, spilling
over into Yokohama. There are a bunch of other meetings before the Summit
and they will be in Tokyo and Osaka. For example, meetings of the finance
ministers. I saw a sign up in front of the Diet this morning warning of
restricted traffic from the 17th till the 24th. There will be inspection
sites all over the city where police pull you over and check your boot/trunk.
You'll see plenty of light blue busses with a white band abound the
middle. Don't board them! They are police barracks. The riot police will
be deployed in major cities.
Fortunately, it is necessary to take out a permit to hold a "riot" in
Japan. None before 09:00 and none after 21:00. Oh, there will also be
large black "busses" with flags on them and command cars and jeeps with
dreadfully loud sound equipment. Those are the ultra right
nationalists. It'll be a great party;-}
See you soon.
Personal regards, BobC