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First time "virgin" poster...Before I post, however, let me state that I'm not an Asian GG'er. I do have an interest in Japan and what's happening there.

WRT Asian cultures and wireless, I thought I would point out that wireless penetration and usage (phone and internet) Japan and in northern European countries is greater than in North America. It is not uncommon for Japanese school children to have their own cell phones; ditto Finns, Swedes, etc in Europe. Also in Japan, due to smaller homes and higher wired ISP connectivity charges (NT&T has a phone monopoly), wireless internet access is the preferred choice over home PCs. BTW, ever heard of DOCOMO? It's a BIG wireless Japanese ISP traded on the Tokyo SE. Japanese are also fond of electronic gadgets, and unlike some cultures, welcome things from outside their culture and uniquely "Japanize" it. Times are also changing, and today's young people in Japan are different than their parents. And finally, if you've ever been to Japan, commuting in the Tokyo-Yokohama or Osaka megalopolises is hell. So, I would assume many Japanese would welcome some commuting relief. Hey, what's to stop the "sarari-man" (salary man) from meeting his co-workers at the local watering hole after a hard day's work at home?

As I see it, IT and instantaneous communication with anyone,anywhere, anyplace will inexorably result in further decentralization, less waste and consumption (good for the planet and environment) and individual freedom as we evolve toward an "electronic cottage" existence.

As for TMF clubs, I enjoy reading the GG and Kua'aina Partners' posts. My friends and I have a private investment club over at Yahoo. I suppose I will infrequently post on the GG if I believe I have anything worthwhile to say.
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