Hikone, Japan
Hikone, Japan

Shiga University , or Shigadai is a national university in Shiga Prefecture, Japan. It has campuses at the cities of Ōtsu and Hikone. The predecessor of the school was founded in 1943, and it was chartered as a university in 1949. Wikipedia.

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Sano H.,Shiga University | Goto R.,Kyoto University | Hamashima C.,Research Center for Cancer Prevention and Screening
Asian Pacific Journal of Cancer Prevention | Year: 2014

Background: Cancer screening rates in Japan are much lower than those in Western countries. This study evaluated the relationship between cancer screening rates and strategies used to improve screening rates, and determined which strategy is the most effective. Materials and Methods: All municipalities are responsible for conducting gastric, lung, colorectal, cervical, and breast cancer screenings in Japan. Of the 1,746 municipalities in total, 92-99% were included in the analyses for each cancer screening. Using national data in 2009, the correlations between cancer screening rates and strategies for improving screening rates of all municipalities, both large (populations of over 30,000) and small (populations of under 30,000), were determined. The strategies used were as follows: sending personal invitation letters, personal visits by community health workers, use of a clinical setting for screening, and free screening. Results: Of all four strategies used to improve cancer screening rates, sending personal invitation letters had the highest correlations with all screening rates, with the exception of breast cancer screening. The partial correlation coefficients linking this strategy with the screening rates in all municipalities were 0.28, 0.32, 0.30, and 0.26 for gastric, lung, colorectal, and cervical cancer screening, respectively. In large municipalities, the correlations between the number of examinees in a clinical setting and the screening rates were also relatively high, particularly for cervical cancer screening (r=0.41). Conclusions: Sending personal invitation letters appears to be particularly effective in improving cancer screening rates in all municipalities. All municipalities should implement a system that sends personal invitation letters for cancer screening. In large municipalities, increasing the availability of screening in a clinical setting is also effective in improving cancer screening rates.

Kayama M.,Okayama University of Science | Nakano S.,Shiga University | Nishido H.,Okayama University of Science
American Mineralogist | Year: 2010

Alkali feldspars in syenite from the Cerro Balmaceda pluton in the Patagonian Andes, Chile, show various petrographic microtextures formed during the magmatic to high- and low-temperature hydrothermal stages in which cathodoluminescence (CL) shows a wide range of blue, violet, and pink to red colors with variable brightness. Their CL spectra exhibit two emission bands: one at 405-420 nm in the blue region and the other at 700-760 nm in the red-infrared (IR) region. Asymmetrically shaped spectral peaks in energy units suggest overlapping of each individual emission, which corresponds to various luminescence centers. Blue emission bands were separated into two spectral peaks fitted by Gaussian curves centered at 3.055-3.076 and 2.815-2.845 eV. A positive correlation is found between emission intensities at 3.055-3.076 eV and TiO 2 contents, suggesting the activation of a Ti 4+ impurity as an emission center. The intensities at 2.815-2.845 eV, where clear and featureless feldspar (CF; not affected by hydrothermal metasomatism) is shown under optical microscopy, which have intensities appreciably higher than those showing patched microperthite (PMP), formed during low-temperature hydrothermal reactions, correlate reciprocally with the intensities of red-IR emission caused by a Fe 3+ impurity center. The peak at 2.815-2.845 eV can be attributed to oxygen defects associated with Al-O-Al and Al-O-Ti bridges. Most of the areas show CL emissions at 700-760 nm in the red-IR region, in which intensities increase with an increase in Fe 2O 3 contents as impurities. The Fe 3+ ion acts as an activator for the red-IR emission. The Ab-rich and Or-rich phases of PMP have emission components at 1.644 eV (754 nm) and 1.727 eV (717 nm), respectively. The red-IR emission from CF consists of emission components at 1.677 eV (739 nm) and 1.557 eV (796 nm), according to an Fe 3+ impurity center in the Or-rich phase and in the Ab-rich phase as cryptoperthite, respectively. Both components are centered at a wavelength longer than the emission band of Ab-rich and Or-rich phases of PMP, suggesting a change in configurational state around the Fe3+ ion from the T2 to the T1 site by low-temperature hydrothermal metasomatic reactions. Accordingly, the peak positions of the red-IR emission are controlled by the ordering state of Fe 3+ ion into the T1 site, the existence of multiphase perthite and chemical composition.

Mori K.,Shiga University | Perrings C.,Arizona State University
Science of the Total Environment | Year: 2012

This paper presents a model of the problem on floodplain development, exploring the conditions that are both necessary and sufficient for development to be optimal. The model is calibrated for a particular catchment, the Ouse catchment in the United Kingdom, and is used both to estimate the expected impact of floodplain development and to explore the impact of alternative policy instruments. We find that the use of price-based instruments that signal the expected flood damage cost of floodplain development has the potential to lead to outcomes close to the social optimum. The finding is robust to two types of uncertainty: model error about the relation between precipitation and flood-risk and measurement error about the benefits of developed floodplains. © 2012 Elsevier B.V..

Matsushita K.,Shiga University | Yamane F.,Kobe University
Energy Economics | Year: 2012

Under the scheme of the Kyoto Protocol, there are plans for the efficient reduction of carbon dioxide emissions. In the electric power sector, nuclear power generation, which emits no carbon dioxide in the process of generating electricity, has come under scrutiny. However, this energy produces a new environmental issue: the disposal of radioactive waste. First, we derive shadow prices of carbon dioxide and low-level waste as marginal abatement costs in the case of the electric power sector in Japan, employing a directional output distance function. It is found that the shadow prices are US$39 per tonne for carbon dioxide and US$1531 per liter for low-level waste. Secondly, we calculate the indirect Morishima elasticity between carbon dioxide and low-level waste in order to identify their substitutability, and it is found that the substitution of low-level waste for carbon dioxide is easier than the reverse. This result suggests that, with the amount of generated electricity fixed, carbon dioxide can be substituted more easily by low-level waste when the relative price of carbon dioxide increases, for example, as a result of implementation of a carbon dioxide tax or an emissions trading system. © 2011 Elsevier B.V.

Kosik K.B.,Shiga University
Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise | Year: 2016

INTRODUCTION: Quantifying corticomotor alterations is important to understand the neurophysiological mechanisms that likely contribute to the neuromuscular control deficits observed in patients with Chronic Ankle Instability (CAI). Corticomotor output mapping provides further insight into the changes within the motor cortex and identifies potential changes in the area of the motor cortex associated with selected muscles. Therefore, this investigation compared the corticomotor map output for the fibularis longus(FL) muscle in patients with and without CAI. METHODS: Eighteen CAI patients and 16 Healthy-controls(HC) volunteered. Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation was used to map the motor cortex’s representation of the FL. The normalized average of three motor evoked potentials(MEP) at 100% of Active Motor Threshold(AMT) intensity was recorded for each scalp site on a 6x6 cm grid. Corticomotor output map was compared between groups through 1) size of the corticomotor map area, 2) volume of the corticomotor map and 3) the location of cortical representation (LCR). Independent T-tests were used to assess group differences in each mapping outcome variable. Cohen’s d effect sizes along with 95% confidence intervals (CI) were calculated using the pooled standard deviations. RESULTS: CAI patients exhibited less map volume (p=0.018, CAI: 8.2±3.2 cm mV vs. HC: 11.3 ± 3.9 cm mV) and map area (p=0.046, CAI: 12.8±6.0 cm vs. HC: 17.4±6.9 cm) compared to HC. CONCLUSIONS: The smaller map area and volume suggest a more concentrated area of neurons communicating with the FL muscle in patients with CAI. Consequently, motor cortical cells on the border of the FL excitation area are less committed to the proper function of the FL muscle and may be recruited by other surrounding areas. This may explain altered movement strategies that lead to ankle re-injury. © 2016 American College of Sports Medicine

Shibata N.,Shiga University
Computer Science - Research and Development | Year: 2010

Data-parallel architectures like SIMD (Single Instruction Multiple Data) or SIMT (Single Instruction Multiple Thread) have been adopted in many recent CPU and GPU architectures. Although some SIMD and SIMT instruction sets include double-precision arithmetic and bitwise operations, there are no instructions dedicated to evaluating elementary functions like trigonometric functions in double precision. Thus, these functions have to be evaluated one by one using an FPU or using a software library. However, traditional algorithms for evaluating these elementary functions involve heavy use of conditional branches and/or table look-ups, which are not suitable for SIMD computation. In this paper, efficient methods are proposed for evaluating the sine, cosine, arc tangent, exponential and logarithmic functions in double precision without table look-ups, scattering from, or gathering into SIMD registers, or conditional branches. We implemented these methods using the Intel SSE2 instruction set to evaluate their accuracy and speed. The results showed that the average error was less than 0.67 ulp, and the maximum error was 6 ulps. The computation speed was faster than the FPUs on Intel Core 2 and Core i7 processors. © 2010 Springer-Verlag.

Tanaka T.,Shiga University
Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics) | Year: 2016

Central auditory neurons exhibit a preference for complex features, such as frequency modulation and pitch. This study shows that the stimulus preference for these features can be replicated by a network model trained to maximize information transmission from input to output. The network contains three layers: input, first-output, and secondoutput. The first-output-layer neurons exhibit auditory-nerve neuron-like preferences, and the second-output-layer neurons exhibit a stimulus preference similar to that of cochlear nucleus, medial geniculate, and auditory cortical neurons. The features detected by the second-output-layer neurons reflect the statistical properties of the sounds used as input. © Springer International Publishing AG 2016.

Mizuno T.,Shiga University | Kubo H.,Shiga University
Scientific Reports | Year: 2013

This paper focuses on an overview of radioactive cesium 137 (quasi-Cs137 included Cs134) contamination of freshwater fish in Fukushima and eastern Japan based on the data published by the Fisheries Agency of the Japanese Government in 2011. In the area north and west of the Fukushima Nuclear plant, freshwater fish have been highly contaminated. For example, the mean of active cesium (quasi-Cs137) contamination of Ayu (Plecoglossus altivelis) is 2,657 Bq/kg at Mano River, 20-40 km north-west from the plant. Bioaccumulation is observed in the Agano river basin in Aizu sub-region, 70-150 km west from the plant. The active cesium (quasi-Cs137) contamination of carnivorous Salmondae is around 2 times higher than herbivorous Ayu. The extent of active cesium (quasi-Cs137) contamination of Ayu is observed in the entire eastern Japan. The some level of the contamination is recognized even in Shizuoka prefecture, 400 km south-west from the plant.

I examined why anemonefishes, Amphiprion ocellaris, Amphiprion frenatus, and Amphiprion perideraion, which inhabit single host anemones, are monogamous and protandrous. Because they live in small groups (≤6 individuals) with a size hierarchy, they might have the environmental potential for polygyny. If the dominant fish were male, he could monopolize mating opportunities, and subordinates should be female. Female fecundity increases with body size, so that group body size composition largely influences his reproductive success. First, I developed an optimization model to predict the body size composition based on the carrying capacity of the host (C) and a fixed body size ratio (γ) or difference (δ) between individuals adjacent in rank. The γ and δ were assumed to be necessary for subordinates to avoid fatal eviction from the group. The model using δ and C could predict the body size composition of the 3 species. Next, I incorporated nonlinear female fecundity functions into the model to evaluate whether polygyny or monogamy was the better mating system for the dominant fish. I examined relationships between gonad weight and body size of A. frenatus and A. perideraion to estimate the functions. Assuming large δs and the nonlinear functions, dominant fish could have higher reproductive success in monogamous mating systems. The model also indicated that where C is limited, a larger δ resulted in one large, one small, and several very small subordinate individuals. This combination of body size composition model and nonlinear female fecundity functions can explain the function of protandry and monogamy under limited shelter space. © 2012 The Author.

Shiga University | Date: 2010-12-28

In order to reliably cut off a living tissue by using a microwave in a surgical operation without causing excessive damage to the living tissue or without bleeding, it is necessary to suppress energy attenuation until the microwave reaches electrode blades for nipping, coagulating, and cutting off a tissue. However, it is difficult to suppress the energy attenuation. The present invention relates to a medical treatment device capable of reliably cutting off a living tissue by using a microwave while sealing vasculature by coagulating the living tissue without excessively damaging the living tissue. Specifically, the present invention relates to a medical treatment device including a movable first electrode blade connected to an external conductor and a fixed second electrode blade connected directly to a central electrode. The medical treatment device has a function of holding a living tissue between the movable first electrode blade and the fixed second electrode blade, coagulating the living tissue by supplying a microwave from the fixed second electrode blade, and cutting off the living tissue by turning the movable first electrode blade. In the medical treatment device, a turning mechanism for the movable first electrode blade is arranged at a certain clearance from the central electrode.

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