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Tokyo Seitoku University is a private university in Kita, Tokyo, Japan, established in 1993. Wikipedia.

Nakagawa M.,Japan Science and Technology Agency | Watanabe C.,Tokyo Seitoku University
Advanced Materials Research | Year: 2012

A patent specification contains useful data to analyze technological innovation. A set of patent applications filed by a firm represents its MOT (management of technology) strategy. Analyzing patent application in line with socio-economic change may demonstrate the changes in MOT strategy. It is demonstrated that in the late 20 th century and the early 21 st century, the range of technological collaboration was broadened due to MOT strategy and socio-economic changes. Today, as various types of entities are connected in global information networks, utilizing interplay between industries and those entities will be a critical factor for success in materials innovation. © (2012) Trans Tech Publications.

Yoshida M.,Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology | Ishikawa M.,Tokyo Seitoku University | Kaneko K.,Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology
Proceedings of the International Conference on Information Technology Interfaces, ITI | Year: 2010

In this study, we have designed and implemented a Web-based system, JAPES, so that foreign people as well as Japanese young people can learn kotowaza, that is, Japanese active proverbs. The system consists of two sub systems, PATS and PEFS. The former is for proverbial learning by browsing an animation of ten seconds while the latter is for checking the memory retention of the meaning of proverbs. We have carried out a small evaluation experiment with five foreign college students as subjects to evaluate effectiveness of the system. From the result of the experiment, we observed that the system has equivalent learning effect to the text-based learning. Furthermore, from the answers of a questionnaire, all the participants of the experiment enjoyed learning proverbs, and most of them desired to use JAPES after the experiment.

Kosaka S.,University of Tokyo | Umezaki M.,University of Tokyo | Ishikawa M.,Tokyo Seitoku University | Watanabe C.,University of Tokyo
Landscape and Urban Planning | Year: 2014

This study investigated the association between physical activity (PA) and the built environment, by focusing on gangi-dori, a traditional countermeasure structure against heavy snowfall in Joetsu, Japan. Gangi-dori refers to a row of conjoined housing eaves that form a roofed walking space along the street. For 55 participants aged 35-79 years in areas with and without gangi-dori, levels of PA and locations were simultaneously measured by accelerometer and using a global positioning system in non-snowfall and snowfall seasons. Findings indicate that the seasonal difference in PA was associated with the presence of gangi-dori: in the area with gangi-dori the amount of PA was greater in the snowfall season, while in the area without gangi-dori, there was less PA in the snowfall season. A remarkably large proportion of the time spent in gangi-dori was accounted for by non-sedentary activity in the snowfall season, with the median time spent there being 8.2. min/day. As the seasonal difference in time spent in gangi-dori was disproportionately small in relation to the difference in PA levels, the relationship between gangi-dori and physical activity may be indirect. These results suggest that gangi-dori may help to maintain or even increase levels of PA in the snowfall season, and demonstrate the potential of well-designed built environment features to support and promote PA in adverse climatic conditions. © 2014 Elsevier B.V.

Kawakami N.,University of Tsukuba | Yoshida F.,University of Tsukuba | Yoshida F.,Tokyo Seitoku University
Consciousness and Cognition | Year: 2015

Perceiving a story behind successive movements plays an important role in our lives. From a general perspective, such higher mental activity would seem to depend on conscious processes. Using a subliminal priming paradigm, we demonstrated that such story perception occurs without conscious awareness. In the experiments, participants were subliminally presented with sequential pictures that represented a story in which one geometrical figure was chased by the other figure, and in which one fictitious character defeated the other character in a tug-of-war. Although the participants could not report having seen the pictures, their automatic mental associations (i.e., associations that are activated unintentionally, difficult to control, and not necessarily endorsed at a conscious level) were shifted to line up with the story. The results suggest that story perception operates outside of conscious awareness. Implications for research on the unconscious were also briefly discussed. © 2014 Elsevier Inc.

Fraser K.,University of South Australia | Hvolby H.-H.,University of Aalborg | Watanabe C.,Tokyo Seitoku University
International Journal of Global Energy Issues | Year: 2011

A recent review of maintenance literature found that total productive maintenance (TPM), reliability-centred maintenance (RCM), and condition-based maintenance (CBM) were the most popular maintenance management models discussed in academic journals. In this paper, a comprehensive review of these three models is undertaken to identify empirical 'real world' examples of each model being used in industry. Further analysis is provided in the form of author's origin, research method, study country, sector and industry. The paper provides practitioners with a breakdown of the practical applications for each model in industry today, and academics, a point-of-reference for further empirical research efforts. For practitioners seeking to expand their knowledge of a particular model or how a maintenance management model may fit an organisation, listed references have been chosen for their practical links to present day organisations. In regards to the energy sector the review identified a number of power plants with RCM being the dominate maintenance model. In addition, the paper provides readers with a detailed description of the three models reviewed. © 2011 Inderscience Enterprises Ltd.

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