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International Christian University is a non-denominational private university located in Mitaka, Tokyo, Japan. Commonly known as ICU , the university was founded in 1949. ICU offers 32 majors in undergraduate program as the liberal arts college in Japan. Wikipedia.

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News Article | May 17, 2017
Site: news.yahoo.com

Princess Mako will get engaged to her former classmate Kei Komuro, who is a law firm worker and graduate student from Tokyo’s Hitotsubashi University. Japan’s Princess Mako, granddaughter of Emperor Akihito and the elder daughter of Prince Akishino and Princess Kiko, is expected to get engaged to a former classmate, Kei Komuro, 25, who is a law firm worker and graduate student and once starred in a tourism campaign as "Prince of the Sea,” reports said Tuesday. The pair will get married sometime next year, the Imperial Household Agency confirmed the news to Japan's national broadcaster NHK, Tuesday. The engagement will be the first among the four grandchildren of the emperor and Empress Michiko. Both Mako and Komuro studied at Tokyo’s Hitotsubashi University. Komuro has been a resident of Kohoku Ward in Yokohama, near Tokyo. According to an agency source, Princess Mako first met Komuro about five years ago through a friend at International Christian University that they both went to. Mako later accepted the marriage proposal from Komuro. The source also told Japan Times that Prince Akishino and his wife Princess Kiko have given their blessings to the couple in acceptance. Read: US-Japan Relations: Okinawa Village To Lodge Complaint After US Bell UH-1Y Venom Chopper Incident Mako was the first imperial family member to attend International Christian University (ICU) in Tokyo, where she enrolled in April 2010. She has a major in arts and cultural property studies from the university. She also studied at the University of Edinburgh in Britain as an exchange student for nine months. After completing her graduation, she went on to study at the University of Leicester in Britain, where she completed her master's degree in art museum and gallery studies in January 2016. Currently she is studying in a doctoral program at ICU and also is an affiliate researcher at the University Museum of the University of Tokyo. She also performs some official duties by attending ceremonies and serving as honorary president of some events like the Tokyo International Book Fair. Mako’s husband-to-be did not answer any questions regarding the engagement and told reporters: "I would like to talk about it when the time comes." Read: Japan-Russia War? Moscow Says Troops On Kuril Islands Will Not Be Used Against Tokyo There have also been talks regarding what the marriage will mean for the future monarchy of Japan. Once Mako gets married she will no longer be a princess but a commoner. “I personally think a female imperial member should be allowed (to remain in the family),” said Meiko Hirayama, a 44-year-old employee at an accounting firm told CNN. “I guess the male line of succession would be kept through the crown prince and his brother, but I think there should be no problem that there could be a female emperor someday,” Hirayama added. However, another man named Katsuiji Tsunoda of Japanese nationality said he would like the heir to the throne to be male. “It's a tradition that has continued for over a thousand years. If we go with the global trend, anyone could be the emperor,” he told CNN. “We must respect tradition.” The news of Mako’s marriage came at a time when Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's government has been preparing a bill for submission to the current Diet session in order to enable the 83-year-old emperor Akihito to transfer his thrown to Crown Prince Naruhito. If that happens then this will be Japan’s first abdication in around 200 years.


Suzuki N.,Nara Institute of Science and Technology | Fujiki M.,Nara Institute of Science and Technology | Kimpinde-Kalunga R.,International Christian University | Koe J.R.,International Christian University
Journal of the American Chemical Society | Year: 2013

To elucidate the factors involved in the chiroptical properties of polymer aggregates composed of helical building blocks, a series of rigid rod helical poly[alkyl-(S)-2-methylbutylsilane]s (achiral alkyl side chains = ethyl, n-propyl, n-butyl, n-pentyl, n-hexyl) have been investigated. It was found that the chiroptical sign in the circular dichroism (CD) spectra of the polysilane aggregates depends on the achiral side chain length and cosolvent fraction. Concerning the achiral side chains, the n-propyl group was of a critical length for solvent-dependent chiroptical inversion on aggregation. This unique side chain length-dependent chiroptical inversion was theoretically predictable by using the novel approach of combining the cholesteric hard-core model and exciton chirality method. The latter was also investigated theoretically by Gaussian 03 (TD-DFT, B3LYP, 6-31G(d) basis set) calculations applied to two spatially arranged helical Si-Si bonded decamer models. © 2013 American Chemical Society.


Munakata A.,Miyagi University of Education | Kobayashi M.,International Christian University
General and Comparative Endocrinology | Year: 2010

Sexual behavior is one of the most profound events during the life cycle of animals that reproduce sexually. After completion of gonadal development that is mediated by various hormones, oviparous teleosts perform a suite of behaviors, often termed as spawning behavior. This is particularly important for teleosts that have their gametes fertilized externally as the behavior patterns ensures the close proximity of both sexes for gamete release, fusion and ultimately the production of offspring. As in other vertebrates, sexual behavior of fish is also under the control of hormones. Testicular androgen is a requirement for male sexual behavior to occur in most fish species that have been studied. Unlike tetrapods, however, ovarian estrogen does not appear to be essential for the occurrence of female sexual behavior for fish that have their gametes fertilized externally. Prostaglandins produced in the ovary after ovulation act as a trigger in some teleosts to induce female sexual behavior. Potentiating effects of gonadotropin-releasing hormone in the brain on sexual behavior are reported in some species. Under endocrine regulation, male and female fish exhibit gender-typical behavior during spawning, but in some fish species there is also some plasticity in their sexual behavior. Sex changing fish can perform both male-typical and female-typical sexual behaviors during their lifetime and this sexual plasticity can also be observed in non-sex changing fish when undergoing hormonal treatment. Although the neuroanatomical basis is not clear in fish, results of field and laboratory observations suggest that some teleosts possess a sexually bipotential brain which can regulate two types of behaviors unlike most other vertebrates which have a discrete sex differentiation of their brain and can only perform gender-typical sexual behavior. © 2009 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.


Ishimaru Y.,International Christian University | Ishimaru Y.,CNRS Paris Institute of Astrophysics | Wanajo S.,RIKEN | Prantzos N.,CNRS Paris Institute of Astrophysics
Astrophysical Journal Letters | Year: 2015

Recent hydrodynamical and nucleosynthesis studies have suggested binary mergers (NSMs) of double neutron star (and black-hole-neutron-star) systems as major sites of r-process elements in the Galaxy. It has been pointed out, however, that the estimated long lifetimes of neutron star binaries are in conflict with the presence of r-process-enhanced halo stars at metallicities as low as [Fe/H] ∼ -3. To resolve this problem, we examine the role of NSMs in the early Galactic chemical evolution with the assumption that the Galactic halo was formed from merging sub-halos. We present simple models for the chemical evolution of sub-halos with total final stellar masses between and 104 M and 2 × 108 M. The typical lifetimes of compact binaries are assumed to be 100 Myr (for 95% of their population) and 1 Myr (for 5%), according to recent binary population synthesis studies. The resulting metallicities of sub-halos and their ensemble are consistent with the observed mass-metallicity relation of dwarf galaxies in the Local Group and the metallicity distribution of the Galactic halo, respectively. We find that the r-process abundance ratios [r/Fe] start increasing at [Fe/H] ≤ -3 if the star formation efficiencies are smaller for less-massive sub-halos. In addition, sub-solar [r/Fe] values (observed as [Ba/Fe] ∼ -1.5 for [Fe/H] < -3) are explained by the contribution from short-lived (∼1 Myr) binaries. Our results indicate that NSMs may have contributed substantially to the r-process element abundances throughout the history of the Galaxy. © 2015. The American Astronomical Society. All rights reserved.


Imaoka T.,Tokyo Institute of Technology | Kitazawa H.,Tokyo Institute of Technology | Chun W.-J.,International Christian University | Omura S.,Tokyo Institute of Technology | And 2 more authors.
Journal of the American Chemical Society | Year: 2013

A relationship between the size of metal particles and their catalytic activity has been established over a nanometer scale (2-10 nm). However, application on a subnanometer scale (0.5-2 nm) is difficult, a possible reason being that the activity no longer relies on the size but rather the geometric structure as a cluster (or superatomic) compound. We now report that the catalytic activity for the oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) significantly increased when only one atom was removed from a magic number cluster composed of 13-platinum atoms (Pt13). The synthesis with an atomic-level precision was successfully achieved by using a dendrimer ligand as the macromolecular template strictly defining the number of metal atoms. It was quite surprising that the Pt12 cluster exhibited more than 2-fold catalytic activity compared with that of the Pt13 cluster. ESI-TOF-mass and EXAFS analyses provided information about the structures. These analyses suggested that the Pt12 has a deformed coordination, while the Pt13 has a well-known icosahedral atomic coordination as part of the stable cluster series. Theoretical analyses based on density functional theory (DFT) also supported this idea. The present results suggest potential activity of the metastable clusters although they have been "missing" species in conventional statistical synthesis. © 2013 American Chemical Society.


Okamura H.,International Christian University
Optics Letters | Year: 2010

We propose an external-cavity laser diode that uses an electromagnetically actuated collimating lens for wavelength tuning. Because the wavelength in the grating equation is highly sensitive to the incident angle, a slight (~ 1 μm) transverse displacement of the collimating lens induces a wavelength shift of ~1nm.We experimentally demonstrate a single-mode, stable, reproducible, and cw tuning over a range of 8nm. The wavelength is proportional to the current applied to the lens actuator, and no hysteresis is observed within the experimental error. By changing the current, we achieve fast and reproducible wavelength switching. © 2010 Optical Society of America.


Montgomery H.,International Christian University | Weiss J.,University of Bradford
World Development | Year: 2011

The current emphasis in the microfinance industry is a shift from donor-funded to commercially sustainable operations. This article evaluates the impact of access to microloans from the Khushhali Bank-Pakistan's first and largest microfinance bank which operates on commercial principles. Using primary data from a detailed household survey of nearly 3,000 borrower and non-borrower households, a difference in difference approach is used to test for the impact of access to loans. Once the results are disaggregated between rural and urban areas there is a positive impact in rural areas on food expenditure and on some social indicators such as the health of children and female empowerment. These impacts are observed even in very poor households. These findings suggest that commercially-oriented microfinance and the millennium development goals are not incompatible, given a supportive environment. © 2010 Elsevier Ltd.


Hitzer E.,International Christian University
AIP Conference Proceedings | Year: 2013

Conformal geometric algebra is preferred in many applications. Clifford Fourier transforms (CFT) allow holistic signal processing of (multi) vector fields, different from marginal (channel wise) processing: Flow fields, color fields, electro-magnetic fields,. The Clifford algebra sets (manifolds) of -1 lead to continuous manifolds of CFTs. A frequently asked question is: What does a Clifford Fourier transform of conformal geometric algebra look like? We try to give a first answer. © 2013 AIP Publishing LLC.


Yamaguchi T.,International Christian University
Food Policy | Year: 2014

Through the string of food safety scares that has rocked Japanese society since the early 2000s, conflicts between the traditional notion of socially acceptable risk and the idea of a science-based risk analysis approach have surfaced in the food safety arena. Elites, including government officials and those members of scientific communities who support the science-based risk analysis approach, have become responsible for communicating seemingly contradictory ideas such as "food in Japan is safe" and "there is no such thing as zero risk with food." This communication logjam has resulted in confusion and created public distrust of both government and scientific experts. Against this backdrop, this paper aims to examine the struggles and challenges faced by government officials in explaining and practicing policies that pertain to highly controversial food safety issues. The primary data used for illuminating the discourses is the official minutes of governmental committees including the Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Committee and the Consumer Commission. © 2013 Elsevier Ltd.


Collet C.,International Christian University
Journal of Sports Sciences | Year: 2013

Possession is thought of as central to success in modern football, but questions remain about its impact on positive team outcomes (Bate, 1988; Hughes & Franks, 2005; Pollard & Reep, 1997; Stanhope, 2001). Recent studies (e.g. Bloomfield, Polman, & O'Donoghue, 2005; Carling, Williams, & Reilly, 2005; James, Mellallieu, & Holley, 2002; Jones, James, & Mellalieu, 2004; Lago, 2009; Lago & Martin, 2007; Lago-Peñas & Dellal, 2010; Lago-Peñas, Lago-Ballesteros, Dellal, & Gómez, 2010; Taylor, Mellalieu, & James, 2005; Tucker, Mellalieu, James, & Taylor, 2005) that have examined these questions have often been constrained by an exclusive focus on English or Spanish domestic play. Using data from five European leagues, UEFA and FIFA tournaments, the study found that while possession time and passing predicted aggregated team success in domestic league play, both variables were poor predictors at the individual match level once team quality and home advantage were accounted for. In league play, the effect of greater possession was consistently negative; in the Champions League, it had virtually no impact. In national team tournaments, possession failed to reach significance when offensive factors were accounted for. Much of the success behind the 'possession game' was thus a function of elite teams confined in geographic and competitive space. That ball hegemony was not consistently tied to success suggests that a nuanced approach to possession is needed to account for variant strategic environments (e.g. James et al., 2002) and compels match analysts to re-examine the metric's overall value. © 2013 Copyright Taylor and Francis Group, LLC.

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