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USJI Universities Research Report Vol.19

April 24,2013

Kyoto University

Topic:
Tufted capuchin monkeys shun those who behave unfairly: Emotional evaluation of third-party interactions
Researcher:
Kazuo Fujita, Professor, Graduate School of Letters
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Humans are affective beings. They not only feel basic emotions such as happiness and sadness but also have various higher-order affects such as adoration and jealousy. Humans feel …

Kyushu University

Topic:
Identification of Distinct Ligands for the C-type Lectin Receptors Mincle and Dectin-2 in the Pathogenic Fungus Malassezia
Researcher:
Sho Yamasaki, Division of Molecular Immunology, Medical Institute of Bioregulation
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Various C-type lectin receptors (CLRs), including Mincle and Dectin-2, function as pattern recognition receptors and play a central role in immunity to fungal pathogens. However, the precise …

Ritsumeikan University

Topic:
Microbe Hunter: Cleaning up the Sludge
Researcher:
Wakao Fukuda, Assistant Professor, College of Life Sciences / Department of Biotechnology
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The ruble left behind by the Great Tohoku Disaster has mostly been cleared and starting to be processed, but the sludge that has accumulated from countless marine products, fuels, and other …

The University of Tokyo

Topic:
Aiming for a future without tangles: The race to prevent Alzheimer's disease
Researcher:
Takeshi Iwatsubo, Professor, Graduate School of Medicine
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As the mechanism of Alzheimer’s disease is better understood, it has become clear that early treatment is vital to prevent permanent damage to the brain. But even though potential …

University of Tsukuba

Topic:
Kansei, Design, Cognition, Information, Interface, Process, Product, Evaluation, Analysis, Creation, Intuition
Researcher:
Toshimasa Yamanaka, Professor, Faculty of Art and Design
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2005-2008 project sub-leader of the ‘International Program for New Fronteer in ‘Mind and Brain’ Sciences
Currently, Research on Design Process as the function of Kansei. Also, research and development of design based on kansei process.

Waseda University

Topic:
Getting Past the Middle Income Trap: The Unprecedented Challenge of the Park Geun-Hye Administration in South Korea
Researcher:
Yukiko Fukagawa, Professor, Faculty of Political Science and Economics
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Globalization, especially free trade, soaring Foreign Direct Investment (FDI), access to international finance, and freer movement of persons, has completely changed the environment for economic …

Keio University

Topic:
Analyzing “Regional Trade Agreements” and the economic activities of an ever-globalizing world
Researcher:
Masahiro Endoh, Professor, Faculty of Business and Commerce
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Since the 1990s, a considerable number of “Regional Trade Agreements”, which promote the liberalization of trade between two or more nations, have been signed in various regions around the world …

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