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USJI Universities Research Report Vol.45

November 30,2015

University of Tsukuba

Waseda University

Keio University

Survival threat emerges from within industrial clusters
Toshihiro Okubo, Professor, Faculty of Economics
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A combination of microeconomics and quake-engineering reveals greater vulnerability of clustered manufacturing plants to natural disasters Setting up local factories in close proximity to competitors c…

Kyoto University

The Black Box at the Beginning of Life
Mitinori Saitou, Professor, Graduate School of Meidicine, Integrated Cell-Material Science Kotaro Sasaki, Program-Specific Researcher, Graduate School of Meidicine Shihori Yokobayashi, Program-Specific Research Center Assistant Professor, Integrated Cell-Material Science
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Kyoto University sheds light on the earliest stages of human germ cell development Kyoto, Japan — Life begins with an egg and a sperm: that much is clear. But how do these “germ cells” form, and how do they pass…

Kyushu University

Oxygen-Controlled Catalysis by Vitamin B12-TiO2: Formation of Esters and Amides from Trichlorinated Organic Compounds by Photoirradiation
Hisashi Shimakoshi, Associate Professor, Department of Applied Chemistry, Faculty of Engineering
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An oxygen switch in catalysis of the cobalamin derivative (B12)-TiO2 hybrid catalyst for the dechlorination of trichlorinated organic compounds has been developed. The covalently bound B12 on the TiO2 surface transformed t…

Ritsumeikan University

Sophia University

Secrets of virtuoso: neuromuscular attributes of motor virtuosity in expert musicians
Shinichi Furuya, Associate Professor, Department of Information and Communication Sciences, Faculty of Science and Technology
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Professor Shinichi Furuya, Faculty of Science and Technology Information and Communication Science, Director of Musical Skill and Injury Center made the world first discovery of neuromuscular attributes of motor virtuosity in expert mus …

The University of Tokyo

An indefatigable spirit of inquiry: Manipulating light with matter and matter with light
Makoto Gonokami, Professor, Graduate School of Science, Graduate School of Engineering, University President
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His research guided by one over-arching principle, “To know more about light and matter that we can see before us,” Professor Makoto Gonokami became president of the University of Tokyo in April 2015. Behind his glittering accomplishments in optical …

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