Skype now allows you to make calls from your PC to phones located in the US and Canada for free. Here is a link to a guide that allows you to convert a standard cordless phone into a Skype phone. Enjoy!
NTT will set up my Internet tomorrow at 2:00. I wish they could set it up today. It is going to be tough for me because I have to leave on the Shinkansen tomorrow. If it takes too long, Alexander will watch the rest of it and then lock my room for me. I hope it does not come to that. I will not really be online until Sunday night when I get back from Okayama.