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The Akita is a large breed of dog originating from the mountainous northern regions of Japan. There are two separate varieties of Akita: a Japanese strain, known as the "Akita Inu" or "Japanese Akita"; and an American strain, known as the "Akita" or "American Akita". The Japanese strain comes in a small choice of colors, with all other colors considered atypical of the breed, while the American strain comes in all dog colors. The Akita has a short double coat, similar to that of many other northern spitz breeds such as the Siberian Husky, but long coated dogs can be found in many litters due to a recessive gene.The Akita is a powerful, independent and dominant breed, commonly aloof with strangers but affectionate with family members. As a breed, Akitas are generally hardy, but they have been known to suffer from various genetic conditions and be sensitive to certain drugs.In most countries, the American strain of Akita is now considered a separate breed. In the United States and Canada, however, the two strains are considered a single breed with differences in type. For a while, the American strain of Akita was known in some countries as the "Great Japanese Dog". Both forms of Akita are probably best known worldwide from the true story of Hachikō, a loyal Akita who lived in Japan before World War II. Wikipedia.

Introduction Firefighters are often exposed to stressful duty-related events and may experience extreme trauma. Such work-related stress can result in posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). It is therefore important to understand the traumatic stress experienced by firefighters in the course of their work and to promote appropriate intervention when necessary. Methods Data were collected from 118 workers (all males) in the Fire Department of Akita City, Japan who had participated in the Great East Japan Earthquake (Higashi Nihon Dai-Shinsai) rescue effort from March 11 through March 31, 2011. Study participants completed self-report surveys at three time intervals: shortly after return from the rescue effort, approximately two weeks after return from the rescue effort, and approximately one month after return from the rescue effort. The surveys included questions of demographics, physical complaints, medical history, and the Impact of Event Scale-Revised (IES-R) Japanese version, in which a cut-off point of 24/25 was set to screen for PTSD. Results A total of 117 participants undertook the initial survey with a range of 0-36 points obtained on the IES-R score. For the initial survey, two of 117 participants scored â‰125 points. For the intermediate survey phase, a range of 0-19 was obtained for 116 participants and for the final survey phase, a range of 0-11 points was obtained for 114 participants. Conclusion Contrary to expectations, the survey results showed no participant was judged to require prompt consultation for PTSD. The firefighters who participated in this study were in good mental health. However, more detailed study is required to ascertain whether these findings adequately and clearly reflect the mental health status of these participants. Fushimi M. © 2012 World Association for Disaster and Emergency Medicine. Source

Kajiyama Y.,Akita | Yagyu K.,National Central University
Nuclear Physics B | Year: 2013

We propose a radiative seesaw model with an inert triplet scalar field in which Majorana neutrino masses are generated at the two-loop level. There are fermionic or bosonic dark matter candidates in the model. We find that each candidate can satisfy the WMAP data when its mass is taken to be around the half of the mass of the standard model like Higgs boson. We also discuss phenomenology of the inert triplet scalar bosons, especially focusing on the doubly-charged scalar bosons at Large Hadron Collider in parameter regions constrained by the electroweak precision data and WMAP data. We study how we can distinguish our model from the minimal Higgs triplet model. © 2013 Elsevier B.V. Source

A droplet oscillation device includes upper and lower electrodes, a changing mechanism, a sensor and a controller. The lower electrode is configured to support a substrate thereon. The changing mechanism is configured to change a distance between the upper and lower electrodes. The sensor is configured to detect a droplet formed above a surface of the substrate opposite the upper electrode. The controller is configured to vary an applied voltage between the upper and lower electrodes to oscillate the droplet, and to determine whether the droplet is detected by the sensor. The controller is configured to respectively determine whether the droplet is detected under a plurality of conditions for which a frequency of the applied voltage or the distance are different, and to oscillate the droplet at the frequency and the distance of a condition for which the droplet is detected and for which the distance is greatest.

Akita and Miyagitanoi Co. | Date: 2014-03-28

A drill capable of performing high-quality drilling machining on a material which is hard to be cut such as CFRP is provided. The drill includes a drill body

According to one embodiment, a method of damping an actuator to reduce an amplitude of a resonance peak of the actuator, including a piezoelectric element and a translation mechanism, includes securing one surface of a restraint member having at least two surfaces to a movable part of the translation mechanism with an elastic or viscoelastic body therebetween, securing the other surface of the restraint member to a support portion of the translation mechanism with an elastic or viscoelastic body therebetween, and converting vibration energy of the movable part into thermal energy, based on distortion caused by deformation of the elastic or viscoelastic body.

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