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Aichi Mizuho College is a private university with campuses in Mizuho-ku, Nagoya and Toyota, Aichi in Japan. The predecessor of the school, Aichi Mizuho Junior College, a junior college, was established in 1940, and it became a four-year college in 1993. Wikipedia.

Takahiro Y.,Chubu University | Hamada S.,Nagoya University | Kaida A.,Nagoya University | Gotow K.,Aichi Mizuho College | Murase S.,Nagoya University
Journal of Trauma and Dissociation | Year: 2010

The purpose of this study was to examine the psychometric properties of the Adolescent Dissociative Experiences Scale (A-DES) applied to Japanese adolescents in school. A large sample of normal adolescents (N = 2,272) aged 11 to 18 years completed the A-DES, and the factor structure, frequency, and differences by gender and age were examined. The scores of Japanese adolescents were comparable to the results of similarly aged adolescents in the United States, England, and Turkey but much higher than those recorded in The Netherlands, Finland, and Sweden. In particular, adolescents aged 11 to 12 seemed to have more dissociative experiences than older adolescents. Out of 1-, 2-, 3-, and 4-factor structures that exploratory factor analyses regarded as competing models, confirmatory factor analyses seemed to support a 3-factor structure: depersonalization, disintegration of conscious control, and amnesia. The future implications of these results for clinicians and professionals who assess dissociative tendency in adolescents are described. © Taylor & Francis Group, LLC.

Watanabe H.,Aichi Mizuho College
Journal of Psychotherapy Integration | Year: 2015

The aim of this article is to show why diversified task-oriented psychotherapy (DTOP) is effective. In DTOP, the therapist must understand the psychopathological level of the patient, what the patient wants and what problems the patient has. Considering the psychopathological level and mental problems of the patient, the therapist presents a task as an agenda, as urgent therapeutic goal. The task contents include psychoanalytical problems, cognitive-behavioral problems, and others. The patient accepts, grasps, and then tries to achieve each task. Thus he shares the responsibility for the therapy. By patients achieving tasks, a firm therapeutic alliance is established. Four cases which had serious problems were treated by DTOP. Two cases feared being made redundant at their workplaces. Two cases were in danger of committing crimes. After treatment by DTOP, all the subjects' lifestyles altered dramatically as if they had become different persons. These facts clearly point out the effectiveness of DTOP. DTOP was discussed from various Japanese cultural points of view. DTOP is effective in that it brings about both reflective function (Fonagy, 1998) and coping function in the patients. © 2015 American Psychological Association.

Niwa T.,Nagoya University | Yokoyama S.-I.,Chiyoda Corporation | Ito T.,Aichi Mizuho College | Osawa T.,Nagoya University
Phytochemistry Letters | Year: 2010

Daidzein and genistein are the main aglycones of soy isoflavonoid, and have many useful activities in vitro and in vivo. However, equol, a metabolite of daidzein in vivo, has attracted attention due to its stronger activity than that of the naturally occurring isoflavonoids. We subjected the soy isoflavonoids, including the naturally occurring (S)-equol, to mouse adipocytes, and compared the inhibitory activity on the leptin secretion. Equol, daidzein and genistein inhibited the leptin secretion, whereas O-desmethylangolensin had a lower activity. The inhibitory activity of the isoflavones was not affected by the addition of an iNOS inhibitor and an estrogen. © 2010 Phytochemical Society of Europe.

Negishi J.N.,Hokkaido University | Negishi J.N.,Japan Aqua Restoration Research Center | Tamaoki H.,Hokkaido University | Watanabe N.,Hokkaido University | And 4 more authors.
Limnology | Year: 2014

Identification of landscape structures that predict the distribution of aquatic organisms has the potential to provide a practical management tool for species conservation in agricultural drainage channels. We tested the hypothesis that sites with imperiled freshwater mussels have distinct rural landscape structures and are characterized by the presence of diverse fish communities. In central Japan, the proportion of developed land use in surrounding areas was compared among sites with mussel populations (mussel sites) and randomly chosen sites (random sites) across multiple spatial scales (with a radius ranging from 100 to 3,000 m). Mussel sites were characterized by a much lower proportion of developed land (mean 5-18 %) compared with random sites (mean 32-35 %) at a scale of ≤300 m. The areas that met the landscape criteria for mussel sites across multiple scales constituted only 0.23 % of the area that was presumed to have suitable slope and elevation as a mussel habitat. Landscape metrics derived from mussel sites to locate unknown populations had a low predictability (16.7 %). Sites with mussels were located close to each other and had fish communities with higher taxonomic diversity than in sites without mussels. In addition, mussel taxonomic richness was a good predictor of fish community diversity. The quantitative measures of landscape structure may serve as a useful tool when prioritizing or identifying areas for conservation of mussels and fish if spatially autocorrelated distribution of habitat and other critical environmental factors such as habitat connectivity are also considered. © 2014 The Japanese Society of Limnology.

Yamane M.,Aichi Mizuho College | Oida Y.,Chukyo University | Ohnishi N.,Mie Prefectural College of Nursing | Matsumoto T.,Chukyo University | Kitagawa K.,Chukyo University
European Journal of Applied Physiology | Year: 2010

The purpose of the present study was to clarify the effects of wind and rain on peripheral heat loss by non-exercising minimally clothed humans in a mildly cold environment. Seven healthy young male subjects wearing only shorts rested in a standing position for 20 min at an ambient temperature of 15°C under three conditions: without exposure to wind or rain (CON), with exposure to wind (3 m/s) (WIND) and with exposure to wind (3 m/s) and rain (40 mm/h) (WIND + RAIN). Mean heat loss measured using a heat flux transducer was significantly greater in the subjects exposed to WIND + RAIN compared to those exposed to CON and WIND conditions (p < 0.01). Metabolic heat production was significantly greater under WIND + RAIN than under CON and WIND (p < 0.01). Decrease in heat storage was significantly larger at WIND + RAIN compared with CON and WIND (p < 0.01). Mean skin temperature was significantly lower under WIND + RAIN than under CON and WIND conditions (p < 0.01). These results indicate that peripheral heat loss significantly increases when humans are exposed to wind and rain for a short period (20 min) under a mildly cold condition. © 2010 Springer-Verlag.

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