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.