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Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University , or APU, is a private institution inaugurated April 2000 in Beppu, Ōita, Japan. APU was made possible through the collaboration of three parties from the public and private sectors: Ōita Prefecture, Beppu City and the Ritsumeikan Academy.As of 1 November 2013, the university has an enrollment of 5,272, including approximately 3,000 domestic, and 2,300 international students originating from 84 countries and regions. Half of the 162 full-time faculty members are foreign nationals who come from 27 countries and regions. Wikipedia.

Jayagoda D.D.,Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University
Journal of Sustainable Development

Former mayor Edward Hagedorn has set his vision "To see Puerto Princesa as model city in sustainable development." This paper discussed how people have comitted to accomplish this vision and also how they have contributed to recognize Puerto Princesa City as the City in the Forest in Philippines. The objective of this study was to describe, through the use of selected case study, how community based forest management is best practiced while protecting and rehabilitating the forest in the Puerto Princesa City of Palawan. 'Feast of the Forest' annual tree planting project is discussed as a case study. Local community, policy makers, academia and politicians of the city have clearly described that the community is fully aware about forestation, protection and environmental security in the city. Research findings further prove that forest cover in Puerto Princesa has increased by year 2010 compared to 1992 records. © 2015 by the authors. Source

Ghotbi N.,Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University | Anai A.,Kumamoto University
Asian Pacific Journal of Cancer Prevention

Cervical cancer resulting from prior infection with human papillomavirus (HPV) is a significant public health threat against young Japanese women. A national immunization plan to vaccinate 13~16 year old female students against HPV infection has been started in Japan since 2010, and may reach almost full coverage by the end of 2012. Older age females who may already be sexually active are not targeted by this plan but should follow safer sex practices as well as periodic screening of the cervix cytology to reduce their riskof developing cervical cancer. HPV vaccination alone does not offer full protection either, because only some HPV types are covered by the vaccines and the long-term efficacy of the vaccines has not been determined yet. Therefore, we did a survey at an international university in Japan to study the knowledge and attitude of female college students towards prevention of cervical cancer, to examine the age when they start sexual activity and other related attributes that may influence the risk of cervical cancer. We discuss the results of our survey and what they imply for the possible impact of an HPV immunization plan on the risk of cervical cancer in Japan, and conclude by an emphasis on the need to increase awareness among Japanese female adolescents and to enhance the cervical screening rates among older females who are already sexually active. Source

Yoshikawa S.,Mie University | Sanga-Ngoie K.,Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University
International Journal of Remote Sensing

MatoGrosso has emerged as theBrazilian state with the highest deforestation rate, and with themost dynamic changes in vegetation and land cover. In this article, wefocus on the following two main objectives: (i) to quantitatively assess the extent of vegetation changeoverthepast twodecadesformoreaccurateeco-climatic impactanalysis;and(ii) to clarify the causes to the changes in this state, with special focus to agro-pastoral activities and roads networks. A set of four 5-year digital vegetation model maps was created for the 1981-2001 period, using the first components of the principal components analysis of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)/ Advanced Very High Resolution Radiometer (AVHRR)multispectral data (Channels 1, 2 and 4). Vegetation and land cover changes are characterized by destruction of primary forests in the north and large-scale broad areas with intensive human activity and vast grasslands expanding fromthe south. Large-scale soybean production spreading over the central areas and vast herds of cattle in the north can be pointed to as the main causes of vegetation change in these areas. It is shown that 76.1% of the changes in land cover types occurwithin 30 kmof paved and unpaved roads. This emphasizes the role not onlyof roadbuilding, but also of navigable rivers, in acceleratingdeforestation, especially over the sparsely populated and road-less north. © 2011 Taylor & Francis. Source

Nariman D.,Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University
Proceedings - 2013 7th International Conference on Complex, Intelligent, and Software Intensive Systems, CISIS 2013

In providing e-Government services, it is necessary to conduct a user-centric evaluation periodically, to improve the usability, accessibility, and effectiveness of e-Government services for citizens. In a qualitative evaluation, gathering user's opinions and recommendations to the e-Government services are commonly used to get a real feedback from the citizens. However, such the user feedback commonly is containing a big text data from diversity of the citizens. It is necessary to do a text mining to assist an analyzing to find out quickly the point of what the citizens recommended. This study proposes an application of Topic Models to do analysis of the big text datasets of the user's feedback. Based on the qualitative analyses approach, the study analyzes user's opinion and recommendation to the e-Government services. The paper also describe designing evaluation sheet, data collection and analysis strategies of a case study in e-Government portals evaluation. © 2013 IEEE. Source

Min K.-H.,Jeonju University | Lee T.J.,Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University
Journal of Travel and Tourism Marketing

This is the first study to explore the connection between Australian residents' satisfaction with Korean cuisine, the various characteristics of the restaurant experience, and Australians' intention to visit Korea. Data was collected from customers of 16 Korean restaurants in the state of Queensland, Australia. While four factors (facility, menu, service, and food) were derived as selection attributes, menu factors had the most positive effect on customer satisfaction. The study found a positive correlation between satisfaction with local Korean food and the propensity of diners to think about visiting Korea. The results of this study can be used to enhance competitiveness and tourist marketing for Korea. The results reported here may have a broader application to provide effective managerial and marketing information to many other ethnic restaurants in Australia and beyond. Copyright © Taylor & Francis Group, LLC. Source

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