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News Article | July 28, 2017
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TOKYO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Hotel Okura Co., Ltd. announced today that it will open The Okura Prestige Yangon, the first Okura Hotels & Resorts member hotel to operate in Myanmar, in 2020. For the operation and management of The Okura Prestige Yangon, Hotel Okura expects to sign a contract in August with a local alliance comprising Fujita Corporation, Tokyo Tatemono Co., Ltd., Japan Overseas Infrastructure Investment Corporation for Transport & Urban Development and Yangon Technical & Trading Co., Ltd., a subsidiary of Ayeyar Hinthar Holdings Co., Ltd. The Okura Prestige Yangon will be a luxury hotel offering approximately 390 rooms in downtown Yangon, a short walk from Yangon Central Railway Station and a short drive from the historic Shwedagon Pagoda. It will be situated within a large commercial complex, including office buildings and retail facilities, to be constructed on the site of the former Defense Services Museum. Toshihiro Ogita, president of Hotel Okura Co., Ltd. said, “It is a true honor for Hotel Okura to take part in this large development project, the first investment permit under the new Myanmar Investment Law, thanks to a coordinated effort by Japan’s public and private sectors, as well as the local partner. We will leverage Hotel Okura’s experience and expertise in traditional Japanese hospitality to create a much-beloved hotel for the people of Myanmar, aiming to become the country’s most well received hotel. Including The Okura Prestige Yangon, we are keen to add three to five more hotels in Myanmar in the next five years.” The new hotel will offer banquet halls, conference rooms and diverse dining options, including an all-day dining area, a Japanese restaurant and a lounge bar. The hotel will also feature an executive lounge with views of the golden-domed Shwedagon Pagoda, Myanmar’s most celebrated Buddhist pagoda. Myanmar, since shifting toward civilian democracy, has enjoyed GDP growth averaging at around 7% per annum. Inbound investment from Japan, Europe and the United States is projected to rise steadily. Hotel Okura’s inaugural Myanmar property is part of an ambitious undertaking to expand the group’s global portfolio to 100 properties, primarily in Asia, by 2020. Okura Nikko Hotel Management, a subsidiary of Hotel Okura, currently has seven properties in the pipeline outside Japan, now counting The Okura Prestige Yangon. These include four Okura Hotels & Resorts properties opening in Cappadocia in 2018 and Manila, Phnom Penh and Saigon in 2020, and two Nikko Hotels International properties opening in Bangkok in 2018 and Hai Phong in 2020. Fujita Corporation, a construction company within the Daiwa House Group, has managed numerous urban development projects and other important facilities in Japan. The company celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2010. Please visit www.fujita.com. About Tokyo Tatemono Co., Ltd. Tokyo Tatemono is a real estate development company based in Japan. Founded in 1896, the company is involved with the development, management and administration of buildings, commercial complexes and private homes. Please visit www.tatemono.com/english. JOIN is a government-private fund based in Japan and specializing in overseas investment in infrastructure including railways and airports. Please visit www.join-future.co.jp/english. Ayeyar Hinthar Holdings is based in Yangon, Myanmar with business in agricultural product manufacturing and exporting, construction, trading, and hospital management among others. About Hotel Okura Co., Ltd. Hotel Okura Co., Ltd. was founded in 1958 and opened its flagship Hotel Okura Tokyo in 1962. Hotel Okura has extensive expertise in the hospitality world, including asset ownership and hotel development, as well as hotel management, restaurant business and chain operations through its subsidiaries and other group companies. The brand unites its member hotels under the Best Accommodation, Cuisine and Service (Best A.C.S.) philosophy to ensure that all guests enjoy Okura’s signature hospitality, which combines Japanese attention to detail and Western functionality. Please visit www.okura.com. Okura Nikko Hotel Management Co., Ltd., a subsidiary of Hotel Okura, operates 72 properties (47 in Japan and 25 overseas) encompassing nearly 23,000 guest rooms (July 1, 2017) under three hotel groups: Okura Hotels & Resorts, Nikko Hotels International and Hotel JAL City. Please visit www.okura-nikko.com.

Yamaguchi N.,Japan National Institute for Agro - Environmental Sciences | Mori S.,Japan National Institute for Agro - Environmental Sciences | Mori S.,Japan National Agriculture and Food Research Organization | Baba K.,Japan National Institute for Agro - Environmental Sciences | And 6 more authors.
Environmental and Experimental Botany | Year: 2011

Root-to-shoot cadmium (Cd) translocation in Solanum torvum is lower than that of the eggplant Solanum melongena; therefore, grafting S. melongena onto S. torvum rootstock can effectively reduce the Cd concentration in eggplant fruits. We hypothesized that Cd transport in S. torvum roots is restricted in the path between the epidermis and xylem vessel; hence, we investigated the Cd distribution in the roots at the micron-scale. Elemental maps of Cd, Zn and Fe accumulation in S. melongena and S. torvum root sections were obtained by synchrotron micro X-ray fluorescence spectrometry. The Cd was localized in both the stele and the epidermis of the S. melongena root cross sections regardless of the distance from the root apex. In S. torvum root sections taken at 30 and 40. mm above the root apex, a higher abundance of Cd was found within the cells of the endodermis and pericycle. The results suggested that the symplastic uptake and xylem loading of Cd in S. torvum roots were restricted, and thereby, the Cd that was unable to be loaded into the xylem accumulated in the endodermis and in the pericycle. Because symplastic uptake differs only slightly between the two species, the difference in xylem loading would explain the comparatively lower Cd concentration in S. torvum shoots. © 2010 Elsevier B.V.

Sakai Y.,Hokkaido University | Sakai Y.,Fujita Co. | Watanabe T.,Hokkaido University | Wasaki J.,Hiroshima University | And 3 more authors.
Environmental Pollution | Year: 2010

The roles of low-molecular-weight thiols (LMWTs), such as glutathione and phytochelatins, in arsenic (As) tolerance and hyperaccumulation in Pteris vittata an As-hyperaccumulator fern remain to be better understood. This study aimed to thoroughly characterize LMWT synthesis in P. vittata to understand the roles played by LMWTs in As tolerance and hyperaccumulation. LMWT synthesis in P. vittata was induced directly by As, and not by As-mediated oxidative stress. Expression of PvECS2, one of the putative genes of γ-glutamylcysteine synthetase (γECS), increases in P. vittata shoots at 48 h after the onset of As exposure, almost corresponding to the increase in the concentrations of γ-glutamylcysteine and glutathione. Furthermore, localization of As showed similar trends to those of LMWTs in fronds at both whole-frond and cellular levels. This study thus indicates the specific contribution of LMWTs to As tolerance in P. vittata. γECS may be responsible for the As-induced enhancement of LMWT synthesis. © 2010 Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Nakazawa T.,Fujita Corporation | Masuda K.,Fujita Corporation | Kondoh T.,Daiwa House Industry Co.
IABSE Conference, Nara 2015: Elegance in Structures - Report | Year: 2015

Ill this paper we describe a new system floor vibration analysis using a finite element method which makes it easy for users to input data and visualize results. This system is linear elastic vibration analysis software called "Yurayzer3'\ It comprises a pre-processor unit, a calculation unit and a post-processor unit. The chief innovation of this system is the in-house development of a pre-processor and post-processor that simplifies the numerical inputs of information about nodes and elements. In order to verify the analytical accuracy of this system, the eigenvalue analysis is carried out and compared with measured values. This comparison showed a coefficient of variation about 10%, which is a level of agreement sufficient for the structural design phase.

Kashem M.A.,Iwate University | Singh B.R.,Norwegian University of Life Sciences | Kubota H.,Fujita Corporation | Sugawara R.,Fujita Corporation | And 3 more authors.
Environmental Science and Pollution Research | Year: 2010

Background, aim, and scope: Zinc is an essential micronutrient element but its concentrations found in contaminated soils frequently exceed those required by the plant and soil organisms, and thus create danger to animal and human health. Phytoremediation is a technique, often employed in remediation of contaminated soils, which aims to remove heavy metals or other contaminants from soils or waters using plants. Arabidopsis (A.) halleri ssp. gemmifera is a plant recently found to be grown vigorously in heavy metal contaminated areas of Japan and it contained remarkably high amount of heavy metals in its shoots. However, the magnitude of Zn accumulation and tolerance in A. halleri ssp. gemmifera need to be investigated for its use as a phytoremediation plant. Materials and methods: A. halleri ssp. gemmifera was grown for 3 weeks into half-strength nutrient solution with Zn (as ZnSO4) levels ranging from 0.2 to 2,000 μM. The harvested plants were separated into shoots and roots, dried in the oven, and ground. The plant tissue was digested with nitric-perchloric acid, and the Zn concentration in the digested solution was measured by atomic absorption spectrophotometer. Results and discussion: The results showed no reduction in shoot and root dry weight when plants were grown at 0.2 to 2,000 μM Zn in the solution. The highest Zn concentration measured in the shoots was 26,400 mg kg-1 at 1,000 μM Zn, while in the roots, it was 71,000 mg kg-1 at 2,000 μM Zn treatment. Similar to the Zn concentration in plant parts, maximum Zn accumulation of 62 mg plant-1 in the shoots and 22 mg plant-1 in the roots was obtained at 1,000 and 2,000 μM Zn in the solution. The percentage of Zn translocation in shoot varied from 69% to 90% of the total Zn, indicating that the shoot was the major sink of Zn accumulation in this plant. Conclusions: The results of this study indicate that the growth of A. halleri ssp. gemmifera was not affected by the Zn level of up to 2,000 μM in the nutrient solution. The concentration of Zn found in shoot indicated that A. halleri ssp. gemmifera has an extraordinary ability to tolerate and accumulate Zn and hence a good candidate for the phytoremediation of Zn-polluted soil. Recommendations and outlook: Based on the results presented in this study and earlier hydroponics, and field study, A. halleri ssp. gemmifera seems to be a potential heavy metals hyperaccumulator, and could be recommended to use for phytoremediation of Cd- and Zn-contaminated soils. © 2010 Springer-Verlagkashem00@yahoo.com.

Ono Y.,Fujita Corporation | Ono Y.,Shinshu University | Nakagomi T.,Shinshu University | Kaneko H.,Shinshu University
Journal of Structural and Construction Engineering | Year: 2016

The main object of this study is the scale effect with the destruction of the wood. In the steel, Ji value is a material characteristic value so it does not depend on size. The more the size of specimen is large, the more the stress at Ji is small. So it is easy to make the dangerous judgment of destruction. This property can be found in the wood, we make the JIC test with Japanese larch. As a result, it was seen similar trend as steel to wood, it found that the application of fracture mechanics to the destruction of wood is effective.

Masuda K.,FUJITA Corporation | Nakayama M.,National Institute of Technology,Oyama College | Ogawa T.,Tokyo Institute of Technology
Journal of Environmental Engineering (Japan) | Year: 2016

This paper proposes a reliability based design for limiting floor slab vibration due to human walk. The reliability index β can predict the stochastic vibration performance of any floor slabs, independent of the dynamic characteristics of floor slabs. The reliability design method was applied to an actual floor slab design and its validity was confirmed by hammering tests and a one person walking test using the actual building floor slabs.

Masuda K.,FUJITA Corporation | Nakayama M.,National Institute of Technology,Oyama College | Ogawa T.,Tokyo Institute of Technology
Journal of Environmental Engineering (Japan) | Year: 2015

This paper proposes the walking vibration V-value response spectrum as an evaluation method of the habitability index V-value derived from a Monte-Carlo simulation and shows verifications with actual walking tests. The following conclusions were obtained. 1 Monte-Carlo simulations using stochastic walking force model were carried out. The effects of each parameter were clarified, such as the natural frequency, damping coefficient, and the effective mass of the floor slab, the number of people walking, their average body weight, average pacing rate, and the variation of pacing rate of the people walking, and the walking distance. 2 The mean values and variation coefficients of V-value are expressed by the natural frequency, the effective mass, the damping coefficient of the floor slab, the average weight per walker and the number of people walking. Based on these functions, the walking vibration V-value response spectrum is proposed. 3 The Proposed V-value response spectrums were verified by actual walking tests on seven floor slabs.

Masuda K.,Fujita Corporation | Nakayama M.,National Institute of Technology,Oyama College | Ogawa T.,Tokyo Institute of Technology
INTER-NOISE 2015 - 44th International Congress and Exposition on Noise Control Engineering | Year: 2015

This paper estimates the vibration of floor slabs caused by people walking stochastically. Estimating the habitability index based on floor slab vibration due to human activity is important in designing steel structure buildings such as offices, shopping malls etc. But since the variation of this vibration can be large, its calculation can be difficult. This study attempts to evaluate floor slab vibration due to humans walking stochastically. Initially, full-scale measurements were carried out to determine the characteristics of vibration on a structure due to human walking. One or more people walked along a simply supported pedestrian corridor connecting two buildings in order to determine the statistics of Vvalues. The V-value is a 1/3 octave band peak spectrum of response accelerations corrected based on human perception. The distribution of the response V-values followed a lognormal distribution, with average values proportionate to the square root of the number of people walking, and variation coefficients reducing gradually as the number of people increased. In addition numerical simulations were carried out using the Monte-Carlo method with an improved, extended stochastic walk force model. It was clearly shown that the experimentally obtained results could successfully reproduced by using the Monte- Carlo simulation developed by authors. © 2015 by ASME.

Ohno R.,Tokyo Institute of Technology | Wada Y.,Fujita Co.
Communications in Computer and Information Science | Year: 2012

When we visit a complex public space such as a railway station or a large shopping mall for the first time, we must rely on guide signs to find our way. In crowded situations, we are called upon to read these signs while walking so as not to disturb pedestrian flow. The present study uses an immersive visual simulation system to examine the influence of observation conditions on sign detection and recognition. The experimental variables address the spatial layout of signs as well as the presence of other pedestrians. The results indicate some quantitative relationships between the above variables and readability and suggest effective layouts for signs in spaces where crowded conditions are unavoidable. © Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2012.

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