Bill Belew has raised 2 bi-cultural kids, now 34 and 30. And he and his wife are now parenting a 3rd, Mia, who is 8.

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If you can’t beat ’em, buy ’em.

Well, it seems people in Japan can play that game, too.

SOFTBANK owned by Masayoshi Son bought VODAFONE ‘s Japanese Mobile Unit.

Softbank is a very large venture capital firm that won’t lend me money even though I think I have a great idea to serve a niche in the $120 billion for-profit education industry.

But, be that as it may, they did buy Vodafone in Japan. Vodafone, by the way, means nothing in Japanese.

The $15.5 billion x 117 yen/$ is too big a number for my little, smaller is better, Japanese calculator. But, what they bought was 15.1 million customers and (that’s about a $1000/customer) and a nationwide cellular network. Japan is just a bit smaller than the state of California in physical size.

It was one of the largest deals ever in Japan. And the Japanese cell phone users are going to pay for it.

Yikes!

Talk to Bill and others about their experiences raising bi-cultural Japanese-American kids.

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Bill Belew

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