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Thread: A New to me bit of kit......

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Tokyo Japan

    A New to me bit of kit......

    As some of you may know, my lovely wife Emiko and I have been doing our level best to help out a humanitarian relief agency, called >> CMAT << when they needed logistical support getting around Tokyo on their way to the devastated areas North of Tokyo to help with the earthquake and tsunami relief. We also provided some items that they could not come by easily, like gasoline cans (they are sold out STILL everywhere). Emiko also did a LOT of work getting the two high volume water purification units through customs, and working with DHL (who also stepped up, waived or reduced some fees) to get the WPU into our hands to send up north for use. We burned up a lot of minutes on cell phones, and drove a lot of miles and I even swallowed a few mouthfuls of gasoline siphoning gas out of my van, when they desperately needed gas to head north to run their generator, but could not get any gas here in Tokyo. Let me tell you it was a lot of work, and we could not have been happier to help these people out. They are an all volunteer group, no one is getting paid, they all took unpaid leave from their jobs and they purchased their own plane tickets (JAL stepped up and gave them a good discount, but they still paid out of their own pockets).

    Today we went to see some of them off, they were heading to the airport. We had a nice gift to give them, a few bottles of some good sake, but they had a wonderful gift to give us.....

    Well the two gas cans are mine, I was very pleased to see them again, as I said, they are almost impossible to get right now!

    They brought this generator over with them, but once it has had gasoline in it, they cannot take it back, so they gave it to us. We were not expecting this at all, so it was a very nice surprise!

    The generator is a "Steele" unit, 6.5Hp, 3500W peak, 3000W constant use. It had 240V/120V and DC 12V. The AC power is at 60Hz, which is not the same as here, it is 50Hz in Tokyo, but for running tools and such it will not make a difference.

    I hope to be able to use this soon, I want to get involved in a work party that heads north to help in some way rebuilding the shattered communities there, dunno exactly how that will happen, but I hope it does.

    I just wanted to share this with you all.

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  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    DSM, IA
    It would seem this story is a revolving one...they came, you helped, when they left they helped you are going to help someone again!

    Thanks Stu!
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  3. #3
    Join Date
    Aug 2007
    Reno NV
    That's great Stu!

    Very nice job helping those guys out
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  4. #4
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    Nov 2006
    Constantine, MI
    Great story, great effort, great cause, great people.
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  5. #5
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    Nov 2006
    Mountain Home, Arkansas
    As tragic as the disaster was/is, the aftermath is different than it would be in most other countries. All too often we see disaster victim countries just wait until the U.S. comes in an provides rescue and rebuild manpower, materials and money. The Japanese people and Government just buckled down and got to work on what needed to be done. Outside help was welcomed and accepted but it is still a Japanese effort.
    So, good on you and your friends. I can't imagine what the people in Japan are experiencing but, personally, I am not comfortable in the fact it wasn't us. It could be us next. Anything can happen to anyone at anytime.
    "Folks is funny critters."

    Think for yourselves and let others enjoy the privilege to do so, too. ~Voltaire

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    North West Indiana
    Stu, good work gets rewards from time to time. Been praying for you and all of Japan. Cannot imagine, but work ethics such as yours make the disaster more bearable for many.
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  7. #7
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    Dec 2007
    Billings Missouri near Springfield Mo
    Good on them and Good on you Stu.............
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  8. #8
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    Aug 2008
    Reno, Nv
    Funny how disasters bring out the best in everyone and everything! From experience, I can tell you that they were glad to find someone like you Stu. Well done
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  9. #9
    Join Date
    Oct 2007
    Nova Scotia, 45N 64W
    Great work Stu, and a nice bonus.
    Wish I could go up there with you for a few days.
    Take care

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    Apr 2010
    North of Reno, NV...middle of the desert
    Pay it forward...always works out for the best


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