Matsuzaka, Japan
Matsuzaka, Japan

Mie Chukyo University is a private university in Matsusaka, Mie, Japan, established in 1982. Formerly known as Matsusaka University, the school adopted the present name in 2005. Wikipedia.

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Murakami K.,University of Tokyo | Sasaki S.,University of Tokyo | Uenishi K.,Kagawa Nutrition University | Yamasaki M.,Nishikyushu University | And 31 more authors.
Nutrition Research | Year: 2012

It is unclear whether misreporting of nutrient intakes differs according to energy reporting status. We examined misreporting of dietary protein, potassium, and sodium in under-, acceptable, and over-reporters of energy intake. Our hypothesis was that degree of misreporting of these three nutrients differs among under-, acceptable, and over-reporters. Participants were 1043 Japanese women aged 18 to 22 years. Self-reported dietary intake was obtained using a diet history questionnaire. Under-, acceptable, and over-reporters of energy intake were identified based on the ratio of self-reported energy intake to estimated energy requirement (<0.70 [17.2%], 0.70-1.30 [78.1%], and >1.30 [4.7%], respectively). Misreporting of dietary protein, potassium, and sodium was assessed against the corresponding biomarker-based estimate derived from 24-hour urinary excretion. On average, the degree of misreporting of intake of energy and the three nutrients varied considerably. Absolute intake (amount per day) of the three nutrients was under-reported in under-reporters of energy intake and over-reported in over-reporters compared with acceptable reporters. However, mainly because of high correlations between the ratio of self-reported energy intake to estimated energy requirement and the ratio of self-reported to biomarker-based estimates of absolute intake of three nutrients (Pearson correlation coefficient: 0.64 for protein, 0.51 for potassium, and 0.37 for sodium), the degree of misreporting of the energy-adjusted intake of these nutrients based on the density method did not differ across categories of energy reporting status. In conclusion, these findings may lend support to the usefulness of adjustment for energy misreporting and the futility of merely excluding energy misreporters from analysis. © 2012 Elsevier Inc.


Kobayashi S.,University of Tokyo | Murakami K.,University of Tokyo | Sasaki S.,University of Tokyo | Uenishi K.,Kagawa Nutrition University | And 8 more authors.
Nutrition Journal | Year: 2012

Background: The association between dietary total antioxidant capacity (TAC) from different assays and serum C-reactive protein (CRP) has not been assessed in non-Western populations. We examined the association between dietary TAC and serum CRP concentration in young Japanese women using different four TAC assays. Methods. The subjects were 443 young Japanese women aged 18-22years. Dietary TAC was assessed with a self-administered diet history questionnaire and the TAC value of each food using the following four assays: ferric reducing ability of plasma (FRAP); oxygen radical absorbance capacity (ORAC); Trolox equivalent antioxidant capacity (TEAC); and total radical-trapping antioxidant parameter (TRAP). Serum CRP concentrations were measured by highly sensitive nephelometry. Results: The major contributor to dietary TAC was green, barley, and oolong tea (FRAP: 53%, ORAC: 45%, TEAC: 36%, and TRAP: 44%). The prevalence of elevated CRP concentrations ( 1mg/L) was 5.6%. TAC from FRAP was inversely associated with serum CRP concentrations (adjusted odds ratio [OR] for elevated CRP concentration in high [compared with low] dietary TAC group: 0.39 [95% confidence interval (CI): 0.16-0.98]; P=0.04). TAC from ORAC was inversely associated with CRP, although the association was not significant (OR: 0.48 [95% CI: 0.20-1.14]; P=0.10). TAC from TEAC was inversely associated with CRP (OR: 0.32 [95% CI: 0.12-0.82]; P=0.02), as was TAC from TRAP (OR: 0.31 [95% CI: 0.12-0.81]; P=0.02). Conclusions: Dietary TAC was inversely associated with serum CRP concentration in young Japanese women regardless of assay. Further studies are needed in other populations to confirm these results. © 2012 Kobayashi et al.; licensee BioMed Central Ltd.


Otsu H.,Aichi University | Sato T.,Mie Chukyo University | Ikemori H.,Shiga University | Kitakado S.,Meijo University
Modern Physics Letters A | Year: 2010

We show that vortices of YangMillsHiggs model in R2 space can be regarded as instantons of YangMills model in R2 × Z 2 space. For this, we construct the noncommutative Z2 space by explicitly fixing the Z2 coordinates and then show, by using the Z2 coordinates, that BPS equation for the vortices can be considered as a self-dual equation. We also propose the possibility to rewrite the BPS equations for vortices as ADHM equations through the use of self-dual equation. © 2010 World Scientific Publishing Company.


Tan K.H.,University of Nottingham | Noble J.,University of Missouri | Sato Y.,Mie Chukyo University | Tse Y.K.,University of Nottingham
International Journal of Production Economics | Year: 2011

Making decisions on strategic investments, such as early stage manufacturing technology (MT), is a complicated task. Early stage technologies are usually costly, and surrounded by uncertainty. The potential benefits are often hard to quantify prior to implementation. Thus, how could managers make good decisions in a high-risk, technically complex business when the information they need to make those decisions comes largely from the project champions who are competing against one another for resources? Traditionally, in this problem domain, decisions are made based upon gut-feeling and past experience, sometimes with the support of some multi-criteria decision-support tools. The criteria evaluation process is very subjective and relies heavily on managers' experience, knowledge, as well as intuition. Thus, the evaluation approach is often not effectively carried out as there is lack of visibility and traceability in the decision making process. The impact of this scenario is that managers are not confident that resources are being optimised and applied to a mixed portfolio of projects to maximise benefits. This paper proposes a marginal analysis directed branch and bound approach for evaluating and selecting early stage manufacturing technology (MT) projects. A case study is used to demonstrate the application of the proposed approach. Implications of the proposed approach to practitioners and academia are discussed and future research outlined. Crown Copyright © 2010 Publishedby Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.


Sato Y.,Mie Chukyo University
Smart Innovation, Systems and Technologies | Year: 2011

The objective of this study was to develop a quantitative model for budget allocation for investment in safety measures in a chemical plant, for determining the sustainability of the company. Developing the model in conjunction with decision-making on strategic investments for safety is complicated because of the subjective factors that enter into the inspection of chemical plants and the choice of appropriate safety measures. This study addressed this problem by applying the Analytic Hierarchy Process (AHP), showing how to quantify inherent risks within a chemical plant for the optimization of the budget allocation for investment in safety measures. A case study was carried out, which clarified the correlation between safety measures and the degree of risk reduction and guided how to allocate budget for safety measures. © 2011 Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg.


Sato Y.,Mie Chukyo University
Smart Innovation, Systems and Technologies | Year: 2010

Under tight financial conditions, local governments in Japan are required to conduct performance-based administrative management and subsequent public sector reform. Concerning public sector reform, a joint research group proposed a framework of how to reform public sector with theoretical approach. The research concluded that present public sector should be decomposed into two parts: one is the organization specialized in decision-making and ruling with authority and legal power; the other is collective entities which coproductively cover social issues. On the other hand, by employing the dominant method of the Analytic Hierarchy Process, the author of this paper developed a rational approach to the delegation of power from the public sector to other potential sectors. Based on the results of the study, this paper considers the scheme of public sector reform. Principal component analysis concerning properties featuring projects of a local government is carried out, and new concepts representing the aspect of the projects are extracted. The results of this paper illustrate the structure of the publicness and show the scheme of public sector reform. © Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2010.


Sato Y.,Mie Chukyo University
Frontiers in Artificial Intelligence and Applications | Year: 2013

This paper considers how to optimize the specification of new built-to-order technology system which takes into user's preference for the system for a manufacturing company. This paper addresses this issue by combining cost-benefit analysis evaluating potential treatment system, and the AHP quantifying subjective judgment in evaluations. A case study is carried out to demonstrate the applicability of the proposed approach. The results show some evidence that the diagnosis procedure succeeded in quantifying user's preference for alternative systems, and that the specification was optimized successfully. © 2013 The authors and IOS Press.


Sato Y.,Mie Chukyo University
International Journal of Production Economics | Year: 2012

The objective of this study was to develop a framework for optimizing budget planning for investment in safety measures in a chemical company. Decision making for strategic investment for safety is complicated due to the intangible factors that enter into both the evaluation and choice of appropriate safety measures, and the individual situation of plants. This study addressed these issues by combining Linear Programing and Analytic Hierarchy Process, showing how to quantify inherent risks within chemical plants and how to optimize budget planning for safety within a chemical company. © 2012 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.


Sato Y.,Mie Chukyo University
Smart Innovation, Systems and Technologies | Year: 2012

Based on the quantitative model of risk assessment quantifying intangible factors in risk assessment, optimizing a budget allocation for safety in a manufacturing company was the objective of this paper.Developing a quantitative model for risk assessment in conjunction with decision-making on strategic investments for safety is complicated because of the subjective factors that enter into the inspection of a plant within a company and the choice of appropriate safety measures for the plant. The author's previous study addressed a part of this problem, and showed how to quantify inherent risks within a plant.Based on the study, the issue of the optimization of the budget allocation for safety measures was addressed by approximating a budget allocation model as a linear programming problem in this paper. A case study was carried out in a chemical company in Japan as an example, which guided how to optimize budget allocation for safety in the company. © Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2012.


Sato Y.,Mie Chukyo University
2nd International Conference on Communications Computing and Control Applications, CCCA 2012 | Year: 2012

The objectives of this study were to develop a diagnosis procedure of user's preference for a new built-to-order industrial wastewater treatment system, and to subsequently optimize the specification of the system for a manufacturing company. This study addressed this issue by combining cost-benefit analysis evaluating potential treatment system, and the AHP quantifying subjective judgment in evaluations. A case study was carried out to demonstrate the applicability of the proposed approach. The results of the study showed some evidence that the diagnosis procedure succeeded in quantifying user's preference for alternative systems, and that the specification was optimized successfully. © 2012 IEEE.

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