Posted by Robert Lorsch
It’s been a busy couple of months since I have had the time to add to the pages of my blog. However, this last weekend was so relevant to science and technology, and in particular the future of health care (and MMRGlobal) in Japan, that I felt remiss not sharing it on this page. The visit was arranged by U.S. Congressman Dana Rohrabacher who, after welcoming The Honorable Ichita Yamamoto, who is Japan’s Minister of State for Science, Space & Information Technology including Ocean Policy, and his delegation at SpaceX, beamed himself back to Washington for emergency budget resolution votes late Saturday night. As a result I was left hosting the Minister around the Southern California scientific hot spots.
The Minister also happens to be a former rock singer, speaks great English and is an all-around easygoing, quite likable guy.
I first met Minister Yamamoto and his entourage of ten plus drivers and luggage handlers at LAX and joined his State Department Motorcade caravanning to SpaceX for a private briefing and tour of the rocket manufacturing facility, less than twenty hours prior to the launch of Falcon 9 www.spacex.com.
From there, I traveled with the Japanese contingentto the California Science Center where President & CEO Jeffrey Rudolph and Trustee Kira Lorsch greeted us all at the Robert H. Lorsch Family Pavilion.
During our tour of the Science Center, we spent time discussing the effect of natural disasters on the environment in the wake of the recent earthquake and Tsunami in Japan, focusing in particular on the effect of the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant on the Pacific Oceans. We discussed the U.S. government and Japan scheduling a conference of nations who share coastlines to help mitigate damage from future disasters.
We ended the tour under the wing of Space Shuttle Endeavour where we spoke about how our nations have been working together in space as we looked at a plaque from a U.S.-Japan mission to the Space Station. After the tour everyone enjoyed a luncheon hosted by MMRGlobal, starting with, of course, a traditional Miso soup.
We left the California Science Center and moved on to Aeroscraft located in a 500,000 square foot Marine Corps enclosed Air Station where we sat in the control pod of a state-of-the-art blimp being designed for surveillance and to carry as much as 500,000 tons of cargo as far as 12,000 nautical miles, http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/01/07/aeroscraft-test-ground-flight-airship_n_2424916.html.
After a briefing at Aeroscraft we moved to the Orange County Water District (OCWD) where we were hosted by Mr. Linden Blue, father of the Predator Drone amongst other very impressive technology,
There we saw the future of the Nuclear Reactor, small enough to be located on a flatbed truck. After the General Atomics nuclear reactor presentation, http://www.ga.com/nuclear-energy, we toured 30,000 acres of ground water reclamation facilities where we all got to drink sewer water reclaimed to clean drinking water.
The Groundwater Replenishment System technology seems to work, as I’m not sick. The day was capped off by another fabulous meal hosted by OCWD board President Shawn Dewane, where we toasted our future with the Japanese over two excellent California wines, without the reclaimed sewer water.
As MMR expands its global footprint which includes the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand, Israel, South Korea, European Nations, China, Hong Kong, Singapore and of course Japan, the whirlwind day underscored the importance of advancing technology in all areas, including healthcare – to make our world a better place.
Robert H. “Bob” Lorsch, CEO, MMRGlobal
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