Mariko Matsunaga, Assistant Professor
Faculty of Science and Engineering, Chuo University
Areas of specialization: Electrochemistry, Thin film and surface interface physical properties
Electrochemical sensors, which I have been researching since my student days, are a specific molecule detection system in which the chemical change that accompanies the molecular recognition of a chemical substance is converted into an easily processed electrical signal. It is similar to battery mechanisms in which electricity is generated by converting the energy change from a chemical reaction into electrical energy, or stored by the opposite reaction.
Professor, Faculty of Letters, Chuo University
Areas of Specialization: Aesthetics, Art History
Is History Like a Big River?
When we think about history, we usually imagine it as flowing from the past to the present like a river. And we think of art history, a branch of history, as having shifted and changed from the ancient past to medieval times, from the modern age to the present day.
Assistant Professor of Social Policy,
Human Resources Management Theory and Career Education,
Faculty of Economics, Chuo University
At a glance, France has a glamorous image thanks to gourmet food such as French cuisine and wine, as well as tourists spots including the Eiffel Tower and the Arc de Triomphe de l’Étoile. However, as of November 2012, the unemployment rate among young people in France was 26.1%.
Professor, Faculty of Law, Chuo University
Areas of specialization: political sociology, regional sociology
Continuing to fade from memory while reconstruction fails to advance
Oshu Mayor Masaki Ozawa (Iwate Prefecture) had the following to say as soon as I met him. “As a head of a disaster-stricken prefecture, I am painfully aware that within the current framework plans that have been made by the local governments are not seconded. As always, the lower ranking governments are simply working in line with standards that have been imposed.
Mr. Atsuhito Ito
OECD (Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development)
Executive Directorate, Head of Expenditure Section
At OECD in Paris, Mr. Atsuhito Ito is responsible for areas of organisation expenditure, and also oversees continuing reform linked to these areas by identifying needs, implementing appropriate policies and procedures and ensuring effective human resource management.