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USJI Universities Research Report Vol.51

June 29,2016

Ritsumeikan University

Topic:
Integrated Research of Accessible Ebooks: Interfaces & Services
Researcher:
Yoko Matsubara, Professor, Graduate School of Core Ethics and Frontier Sciences
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This project is designed to collect information on global trends of electronic books, as well as to compare/analyze, internationally, problems to be overcome to achieve greater “accessibility to reading materials” through electronic books. Besides.….

Sophia University

Topic:
Vocal-Tract Models Now Exhibited at the Händel-Haus Museum in Germany
Researcher:
Takayuki Arai, Professor, Department of Information and Communication Sciences, Faculty of Science and Technology
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The Händel-Haus Museum, located in Halle, Germany, has devoted time and energy to give visitors a glimpse of Georg Friedrich Händel’s musical accomplishments and to study how sounds become music. The museum itself is the birthplace of the famous composer…

The University of Tokyo

Topic:
Agricultural implications of the Fukushima nuclear accident: The first three years
Researcher:
Tomoko M. Nakanishi, Professor, Graduate School of Agricultural and Life Sciences
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University of Tokyo researchers and their colleagues examining the environmental impact of the Fukushima nuclear disaster has published the second of two volumes of research. This second volume describes changes over time in contamination levels…

University of Tsukuba

Topic:
Development of an outdoor MRI system for measuring flow in a living tree
Researcher:
Yasuhiko Terada, Associate Professor, Division of Applied Physics, Faculty of Pure and Applied Sciences
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An outdoor MRI system for noninvasive, long-term measurements of sap flow in a living tree in its natural environment has been developed.  An open-access, 0.2 T permanent magnet with a 160 mm gap was combined with a radiofrequency probe …

Waseda University

Topic:
The Changing Frontline of the Mexican-American Border: A New Community “MexAmerica”
Researcher:
Shinji Yamasaki, Professor, Faculty of Political Science and Economics
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The United States lies just north of the Mexican border city of Tijuana, where a fence divides the two countries. This fence was not only built on land, but it extends into the ocean, preventing immigrants from swimming across the border. The view…

Keio University

Topic:
Measuring the tremors of an earthquake-savvy public: Understanding how people perceive risk during natural disasters could save lives
Researcher:
Satoko Oki, Associate Professor, Faculty of Environment and Information Studies
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Satoko Oki has studied the Japanese public’s response to the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and come up with some unexpected observations about how the brain processes risk. Her research will help to improve communication and education in an earthquake-savvy community…

Kyoto University

Topic:
Cancer cell immunity in the crosshairs: worth the expense?
Researcher:
Seishi Ogawa, Professor, Keisuke Kataoka, Assistant Professor, Graduate School of Medicine
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A genetic mechanism could predict effectiveness of cure for particular cancers. It’s time to say goodbye to ineffective and costly cancer treatments. Japanese scientists have found unique genetic alterations that could…

Kyushu University

Topic:
Universal and recyclable heterogeneous zinc catalyst was developed!
Researcher:
Takashi Ohshima, Professor, Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
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We developed a universal and recyclable heterogeneous zinc/imidazole catalyst for transesterification. The catalyst is recoverable through simple filtration and can be reused at least five times, retaining its catalytic activity…

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