Tsukuba Safety: Winter Driving

There were around 200 accidents in the south and west of Ibaraki Prefecture this morning (January 22, 2014) alone.

Tips for driving in the winter.

  • Consider using winter tires.
  • Pay attention to the condition of the roads.
  • Keep a good distance between cars.
  • Drive slowly.
  • Don’t accelerate quickly or brake quickly.
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Tsukuba Job: Computational Science Professor at the University of Tsukuba

Theoretical research in the field of astrobiology employing computational science approaches. Candidates are expected to play a leading role in this organization of astrobiology based on the theoretical study of planetary science or interstellar molecular science. Also, it is anticipated that candidates are motivated in promoting multidisciplinary researches on computational sciences involving cooperation with other fields in the CCS. Education in the undergraduate course of College of Physics, School of Science and Engineering, and in the graduate course of physics in the Graduate School of Pure and Applied Sciences.

Read more:
http://jrecin.jst.go.jp/seek/SeekJorDetail?fn=0&ln=1&id=D114010732&ln_jor=1

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Tsukuba Job: Physics Professor at the University of Tsukuba

Theoretical research in the field of condensed matter physics employing computational science approaches. Candidates are expected to be motivated in promoting interdisciplinary researches on computational sciences involving cooperation with other fields in the Center. Education in the undergraduate course of College of Physics, School of Science and Engineering, and in the graduate course of physics in the Graduate School of Pure and Applied Sciences.

http://www.ccs.tsukuba.ac.jp/CCS/eng/recruitment140116

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Tsukuba Safety: Protect Yourself from Mugging

There have been 10 muggings (in the form of bag snatching) reported to the Ibaraki Police since the beginning of this year: three in Tsukuba, three in Mito, and one each in Tsuchiura, Ushiku, Chikusei, and Yuki. They have happened to both men and women, but they tend to happen at night. The perpetrator will come up behind the victim on a bike or scooter and snatch the bag.

One mugging took place last night (January 20) at midnight in the Azuma area of Tsukuba. A young woman was walking down the street when two young men on a bicycle made like they were trying to pass her, but stole her bag as they went past. The boys were described as “young” and “wearing polyester jumpers”. A similar mugging happened on the 16th in the same area.

Women should be very careful when walking at night, and should probably not walk alone late at night in certain parts of Tsukuba. Also, please pay attention when you are walking or biking, especially at night. If you are carrying a bag, carry it in a way that makes it difficult to take from you, such as by moving it to the side of your body that is away from the road. If you are riding a bicycle, put a net over your bag so it can’t be easily removed from your basket.

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Tsukuba Research: Improving Asthma Treatments

A team of researchers from the University of Tsukuba in Ibaraki Prefecture has found a mechanism in which bad bacteria within mice intestines exacerbates asthma, fueling hope it can lead to a treatment for asthma in humans.

http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2014/01/16/national/tsukuba-team-uncovers-asthma-intestine-mechanism/

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Tsukuba Safety: Stabbing at a Bar in Amakubo

On January 18, 2014 at 10:30 pm, a man stabbed another man three times in the chest at a bar in the Amakubo area of Tsukuba. The victim died the following morning in the hospital. The perpetrator, who is described as being around 40 years old and wearing a beige jacket, left the knife in the bar and fled. He has not been found yet. Police are treating this as a homicide investigation.

Here is an article (in Japanese) about the stabbing
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/news/html/20140119/k10014594401000.html

It seems that there may have been some history between the victim and the perpetrator, because according to the linked article, the perpetrator walked into the bar, immediately stabbed the victim, and then left, without harming any other people. In addition, the men were seen arguing in the street before the stabbing incident.

In any case, as the perpetrator is still at large, it is important to continue to take regular safety precautions.


Edit: A suspect was arrested on January 28, 2014.

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Tsukuba Research: Conference on “Global Aging”

Friday, January 24, 2014
International Conference Room, University Hall, University of Tsukuba

More information:
http://www.tsukuba.ac.jp/english/event/e201401150918.html

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