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USJI Universities Research Report Vol.29

March 25,2014

University of Tsukuba

Topic:
1. Systematics, phylogeny, cell biology, physiology and ecology of algae. 2. Isolation, culture, screening and mass cultivation of useful microalgae. 3. Bioorganic chemistry of microalgal components related to biofuels and bioproducts. 4. Engineering research of oil extraction process from microalgae and bioprocess energy balance evaluation. 5. Molecular and ecological diversity of algae in natural environments. 6. Algal culture collections and their utilization.
Researcher:
Makoto M. Watanabe, Professor, Faculty of Life and Environmental Sciences
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Professor Watanabe received his Doctor in Science title (botany) in 1977 at Hokkaido University, Sapporo. After a year as Post-Doctoral Fellow, Institute of Applied Microbiology, University of …

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Waseda University

Topic:
Prefectural Governors, the Tokyo Governor, and Leadership
Researcher:
Harunori Yamada, Professor, Faculty of Political Science and Economics
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The questionable Tokyo gubernatorial election is over, though I do not intend any malice when I say questionable. It was the election to choose the leader of Tokyo, our capital city. And this time …

Keio University

Topic:
Human Resource Management in Japanese Companies: The Change and Continuity from Empirical Evidence
Researcher:
Atsushi Yashiro, Professor, Faculty of Business and Commerce
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Prof. Yashiro has studied human resource management (hereafter HRM), based on the empirical research for Japanese companies. He focuses especially on transfer and promotion of …

Kyoto University

Topic:
Establishment of protocol brings the clinical application of iPS cell transplantation for Parkinson's disease a step closer
Researcher:
Jun Takahashi, Professor, Center for iPS Cell Research and Application (CiRA)
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Center for iPS Cell Research and Application (CiRA) research team has developed a method of producing human iPS cell-derived dopaminergic neural progenitor cells that brings closer the …

Kyushu University

Topic:
Actin-dependent plastid movement is required for motive force generation in directional nuclear movement in plants
Researcher:
Masamitsu Wada, Professor, Department of Biology, Faculty of Sciences
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Nuclear movement and positioning are indispensable for most cellular functions. In plants, strong light-induced chloroplast movement to the side walls of the cell is essential for minimizing …

Ritsumeikan University

Topic:
Sound Magic:Changing Distracting Noises into Clear Sounds
Researcher:
Takanobu Nishiura, Professor, College of Information Science and Engineering / Department of Media Technology
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Everyone knows that it can be very noisy when riding a bullet train or when flying on a plane, but it is not uncommon for many people to sleep soundly in these noisy environments. On the other …

The University of Tokyo

Topic:
Restoring Fukushima: Agricultural experts pool their resources
Researcher:
Tomoko M. Nakanishi, Professor / Keitaro Tanoi, Associate Professor, Laboratory of Radio-Plant Physiology, Graduate School of Agricultural and Life Sciences
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Researchers at the University of Tokyo Graduate School of Agricultural and Life Sciences are providing assistance to the region affected by the March 2011 accident at the Fukushima Daiichi …

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