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P1020808 I arrived in Zurich Tuesday afternoon.  Quite a few people related to St. Gallen Symposium happened to be on the same flight and we were met by the representatives of St.Gallen Symposium at Zurich airport.  It is nice to be back in Zurich area in May.  The weather is nice and the drive to St.Gallen on BMW driven by student volunteer was a nice one.  (I was fortunate to share the ride with Hon. Kuniko Inoguchi, member of the House of Councillors, and we talked about the next step for empowering women by the Abe administration.)

The city of  St.Gallen is quiet and lively at the same time, and I went to walk about a bit to have light supper before I go to get some sleep.   Teleconference at 2:30 a.m. Swiss time was scheduled for the board meeting in Tokyo,and I needed to get some sleep before then.  Light supper turned out to be a big dinner with big portion of food and huge glass of  Margarita (no wonder the cafe is called American Bar & Grill!)

stgalpost I managed to get up at 2:00 a.m. Swiss time, participated in the board meeting and went back to sleep.  Now I have several hours to catch up and relax before official program starts for the Symposium this evening.

When you are on the road, two things (in addition to conference itself) are critical for me. One is to secure internet access (I have three separate cards for wireless log in each for my three devices! here) and the other is the fitness center(they have a beautiful facilities at the hotel, which I already enjoy two days!)


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