Well, I got MINE!
It took me a long while, namely because I first tried for it two years ago and had 0 five times. So I stopped trying and settled for the yearly trip to the states.
Then, of course, in June 2002 they changed the rules again. One has to return for three months. So I went and tried again and got a zero *argh*. However, I did some research, figured out what all I was failing at, worked on it every time I drove *coughcough* And finally I went there on Friday (10/8/2003). I got 50! That's very nice. So I went again on Monday, armored with an actual understanding of what the guy told me at the Friday test.
And I passed! This tester even said I did an excellent job! That's nice to hear.
I was the only American there at the Kanuma Licensing Center. However, there were a few other people who could speak English. A large percentage of women from the Phillipines, speaking Tagalog and Japanese. I made several friends and gave some advice that helped one lady make it through the S curve.