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“An inexpensive solution for using your U.S. registered iPhone within Japan:Prepaid WiFi(HOT SPOT 1DAY PASSPORT   by NTT communications)”

いいもの見つけました!海外からのvisitors が日本でパケ死しない方法です。この手の情報を探している一時帰国者や短期訪問者の人のお役に立てたら幸いです。

プリペイドWi-Fi

  1. ファミリーマートのファミポート(コンビニ端末)で、NTT communications が出しているHOT SPOT 1DAY PASSPORTを買います。レシートのような紙を印刷してレジで支払うとプリペイド番号通知表をくれます。一日500 yen。言語が選択できるようになっていて、英語でも購入できました。
  2. ホットスポットへ行って無線LANの設定(ESS-ID、WEPキーを入力)し、プリペイド番号通知表にあるIDとパスワードを入れると全国約4000のアクセスポイント(空港、新幹線待合室、主要JR駅、タリーズ、モスバーガーなど)で、24時間以内なら何度でもネットにつなげます。接続に便利なiHOTSPOT というアプリも出ていました。

これで少しだけ街で人と連絡をとりやすくなりました。

一時帰国者が、海外発行の自分の携帯を持参して、安価にしかも快適に使える方法というのは、ありそうで案外ないのです。もちろん出費を抑えなくていい人は日本の携帯/SIMカードをレンタルする事もできますが、高額な上、番号が変わる等の煩わしさがあります。

かといってアメリカのiPhoneを日本で使うと、国際ローミングで使えますが割高。
通話はかけるのも受けるのも$2.29/分、データ通信はたった20MBで$25課金される為、長い電話やちょっと重い添付メールが来たりしただけで、あっという間におそろしい額になってしまいます。
なのでそうならないように、これまで日本に滞在中はairplane mode(携帯回線モードをオフ)にしてパケ死を予防し、代わりに宿泊先などで有線/無線LANでネットにつないで、メールチェックやスカイプで電話連絡、調べものなどをして急場をしのいできました(詳しくはこちら)。非常時以外はこれでなんとかうまくやれてきたのですが、出先で何かあった場合、街で待ち合わせの相手と連絡をとる手だてがなかったので、ずーーーっと打開策がないか探していたのです。

もっと便利な方法をご存知の方、情報いつでも歓迎です。

PS プリペイドWi-Fi商品自体は3つぐらいありましたが、「海外の携帯/PCで」という視点で吟味すると、使えるのはNTT communications が出しているHOT SPOT 1DAY PASSPORTのみでした。
注:「BBモバイルポイント プリペイドID」「ヨドバシカメラの@wigカード」は日本の携帯やパソコンからでないとID有効化できないため使えません。

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The Seed of Succession

Dead plant in pots

Dead plant in pots (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Seed Jean MacArthur May-01-2010

A successful business man was growing old and knew it was time to choose
a successor to take over the business.

Instead of choosing one of his Directors or his children, he decided to
do something different. He called all the young executives in his
company together.

He said, “It is time for me to step down and choose the next CEO. I have
decided to choose one of you. “The young executives were Shocked, but
the boss continued. “I am going to give each one of you a SEED today –
one very special SEED. I want you to plant the seed, water it, and come
back here one year from today with   what you have grown from the seed I
have given you.
I will then judge the plants that you bring, and the one
I choose will be   the next CEO.”

One man, named Jim, was there that day and he, like the others, received
a seed. He went home and excitedly, told his wife the   story. She
helped him get a pot, soil and compost and he planted the seed.
Everyday, he would water it and watch to see if it had grown. After
about three weeks, some of the other executives began to talk about
their seeds and the plants that were beginning to grow.

Jim kept checking his seed, but nothing ever grew

Three weeks, four weeks, five weeks went by, still nothing.

By now, others were talking about their plants, but Jim didn’t have a
plant and he felt like a failure.

Six months went by — still nothing in Jim’s pot. He just knew he had
killed his seed. Everyone else had trees and tall plants, but he had
nothing Jim didn’t say anything to his colleagues, however, he just kept
watering and fertilizing the soil – He so wanted the seed to grow.

A year finally went by and all the young executives of the company
brought their plants to the CEO for inspection.

Jim told his wife that he wasn’t going to take an empty pot.
But she asked him to be honest about what happened. Jim felt sick to his
stomach, it was going to be the most embarrassing moment of his life,
but he knew his wife was right. He took his empty pot to the board room.

When Jim arrived, he was amazed at the variety of plants grown by the
other executives. They were beautiful – in all shapes and sizes. Jim put
his empty pot on the floor and many of his colleagues laughed, a few
felt sorry for him!

When the CEO arrived, he surveyed the room and greeted his
youngexecutives.

Jim just tried to hide in the back. “My, what great plants, trees and
flowers you have grown,” said the CEO. “Today one of you will be
appointed the next CEO!”

All of a sudden, the CEO spotted Jim at the back of the room with his
empty pot. He ordered the Financial Director to bring him to the front.
Jim was terrified.. He thought, “The CEO knows I’m a failure! Maybe he
will have me fired!”

When Jim got to the front, the CEO asked him what had happened to his
seed, Jim told him the story.

The CEO asked everyone to sit down except Jim. He looked at Jim, and
then announced to the young executives, “Behold your next Chief
Executive Officer!

His name is “Jim!” Jim couldn’t believe it. Jim couldn’t even grow his
seed.

“How could he be the new CEO?” the others said.

Then the CEO said, “One year ago today, I gave everyone in this room a
seed. I told you to take the seed, plant it, water it, and bring it back
to me today. But I gave you all boiled seeds; they were dead – it was
not possible for them to grow.

All of you, except Jim, have brought me trees and plants and flowers.
When you found that the seed would not grow, you substituted another
seed for the one I gave you. Jim was the only one with the courage and
honesty to bring me a pot with my seed in it. Therefore, he is the one
who will be the new Chief Executive Officer!”

* If you plant honesty, you will reap trust
* If you plant goodness, you will reap friends
* If you plant humility, you will reap greatness
* If you plant perseverance, you will reap contentment
* If you plant consideration, you will reap perspective
* If you plant hard work, you will reap success
* If you plant forgiveness, you will reap reconciliation

So, be careful what you plant now;
it will determine what you will reap later.

))))))))))))))))))))

Thank you Cousin Sharon from Placentia.

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