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WASEDA University Newsletter from WOL No.16 (2013-12-27)

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Waseda Vision 150: The Mission of Cultivating Global Professionals
(First Installment)

Waseda University Alumni Newsletter: Seihoku-no-Kaze
Special Feature: Round-table discussion among President Kaoru Kamata, Mr. Kenshi Hirokane and Mr. Shuzo Sumi

On November 2012, Waseda University announced the mid- to long-term plan “Waseda Vision 150.” This plan seeks to fulfill the great responsibility placed on our university today by further developing our past accomplishments to establish an unshakeable position as Asia’s leading university.

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Waseda Vision 150: The Mission of Cultivating Global Professionals
(Second Installment)

Waseda University Alumni Newsletter: Seihoku-no-Kaze
Special Feature: Round-table discussion among President Kaoru Kamata, Mr. Kenshi Hirokane and Mr. Shuzo Sumi

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Opinion Weekly Opinion

The Subtle Tactics that Won Tokyo’s Bid for the Summer Olympics: Now, Japan Needs an “All-Japan” Strategy to Display its Strengths to the World

Munehiko Harada
Professor, Faculty of Sports Sciences, Waseda University

At dawn (Japan time) on September 8, 2013, Tokyo won its bid to host the 2020 Summer Olympics. This time around, Tokyo had been favorite to win. But it was only able to fulfill the bookmakers’ prediction and actually win by successfully overcoming the significant hurdle presented by the contaminated water issue.

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Research Knowledge Co-Creation – Profiles of researchers

At the forefront of epigenetics
Elucidating the mechanisms of gene expression and regulation

Hitoshi Kurumizaka
Professor, Faculty of Science and Engineering, Waseda University

My expertise is in epigenetics, a new domain in the field of genetic research. The completion of the Human Genome Project meant that the human genome sequence is now fully determined. In terms of its functions, however, many remain to be investigated. In particular, our next challenge is to understand the developmental mechanism of a fertilized egg, or the cause and development of various diseases, in relation to the human genome. Epigenetics comes into play here: It is a study of mechanisms of gene expression and regulation, neither of which can be elucidated by genome sequences.

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