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  1. Career
    1. My One and Only
    2. Interning at the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo
    3. S. Takata Memorial Research Library and My Research Theme
    4. Building a Career in Japan - Don't let the Japanese people beat you in linguistic skills and cultural comprehension -
    5. 67 years after World War II
    6. What is a life plan? From the National Bar Exam to becoming a painter
    7. Job-hunting experience note -Receiving a job offer from the first-choice company is not a dream-
    8. Job-hunting experience note -Self-analysis is about "Constructing one-self"-
    9. The skill-levels of world-class top talents are extremely high. That is why, in order to compete against the world, ambition and aspiration is necessary.
    10. Japan's passport did not come falling from the skies. Fight now for the respect of the future Japanese.
    11. OECD Internship Report
    12. Settling down in Waseda
    13. Be true to yourself, boldly step forward into the things that excite you!
    14. Job Hunting experience notes
    15. In Finland, as an Artist and a Researcher
    16. Using My experiences from Waseda,
    17. Waseda:An everlasting bond
    18. Recent report from Denmark
    19. Submission from WiN member (Recent Report)
    20. Memories of Waseda
    21. My experience at Waseda
    22. My time at Waseda University
    23. Teaching Position at Korea University
  1. Event Reports
    1. C21 Tokyo Challenge
    2. Enjoying a taste of South-East Asia: Vietnamese Bánh Mì Sandwiches and Milo
    3. Looking Back on the "Go Global Japan" English Presentation Contest
    4. Student Visa Day at the American Embassy
    5. 3rd Place Finish in the "Hong Kong Cup"
    6. Students' Day at the American Embassy
    7. ASIAN STUDENTS ENVIRONMENT PLATFORM 2012: Environmental field studies by students from Japan, China, and Korea
    8. Reflections on the Universitas21 Undergraduate Research Conference 2012 Part 2: Non-academic conference learning
    9. Reflections on the Universitas21 Undergraduate Research Conference 2012 Part 1: Academic conference learning
    10. The 7th Foreigner's Traditional Japanese Dance Exhibition: Waseda University student performers' questionnaire interview
    11. [Event] Universitas 21 Undergraduate Research Conference 2012 at Waseda University - ended in a great success!
  1. Gourmet
    1. What Do You Do With a Major in Ramen?
  1. Others
    1. "Ship for South East Asian and Japanese Youth Program (SSEAYP)"
    2. Exchange Students from US Reunite at Waseda after 30 years
    3. "Like" WiN on Facebook!
    4. WiN Blog starts
  1. Sports
    1. Learning How "To Think" Through Waseda University's Track & Field
    2. Participating in the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships
    3. "Participating in the XXV Winter Universiade Games (2011/Erzurum)"
    4. My experience with Waseda's American Football Bukatsu
  1. Study Abroad
    1. Shifting Cultivation and the Challenge of Sustainability in Mopungchuket Village, India
    2. Building the TOMODACHI Generation
    3. Kakehashi Project Report
    4. The Double Degree Program at Peking University
    5. Camping and Snowshoeing in Canada
    6. An Encouragement of two-stages approach to study abroad
    7. Studying abroad in Brisbane, Australia
    8. A new kind of Study Abroad
    9. 14-Day Short term Study Abroad Program in Chowgule College, Goa - "What can I do? What can they do? What can you do?"
    10. From Tsugaru strait to the African highest peak Kilimanjaro
    11. PIANO LINE -Seattle Study Abroad Chronicles-
    12. In Finland, as an Artist and a Researcher
    13. What I learned about China through Shanghai Fudan University
    14. Why are those who've experienced study abroad programs a little different? -Full Japanese SILS student reveals the whole story of studying abroad -
    15. China, The Neighboring Country You Do Not Know ~ My Encounter at Peking University ~
    16. Study Abroad Experience Notes
    17. C'est la vie! This is life! Work hard, Play hard.
    18. Study abroad @ Taiwan
    19. Study abroad @ Beijing
  1. Study in Japan
    1. Visiting the Prime Minister's Residene
    2. IPS Summer School 2016: Culture Meets Culture
    3. The World is Smaller than We Think
    4. Waseda Summer 2016
    5. The Opportunity of a Lifetime
    6. Experiencing Village Life at Kijimadaira
    7. A Fantastic Opportunity
    8. A Rewarding Experience
    9. An Amazing Experience
    10. Take Me Wonder by Wonder
    11. I Couldn't Ask for More
    12. Another Kokusaibu Story
    13. SAKURA Exchange Program in Science
    14. I Want to Go Again!
    15. More than Good Sushi
    16. Immersive Experience into the Japanese Culture
    17. 40 Years of Memories in a Photo
    18. Experiencing Everything First Hand
    19. Waseda Summer Session wasn't like any other Summer Camp
    20. Looking Forward to the Past
    21. Weeding a Rice Paddy ~Field Trip to Niigata~
    22. Japan Study Students to Waseda: A message from the class of 1983-84
    23. Developing Medical and Welfare Robots ~The Challenges of Kabe Laboratory, Faculty of Human Sciences~
    24. Recollecting experiences of Exchange Programme at Waseda
    25. Kuroda Kazuo Interview: About Studying in Japan
  1. Volunteer Activity
    1. Taking the first step in volunteering
    2. "Volunteer experience in earthquake-hit area Natori"
    3. "The Great East Japan Earthquake Reconstruction Volunteering"
    4. How my perspective changed through volunteering
    5. Tohoku Volunteer
    6. Great East Japan Earthquake    "Fumbaro East Japan Support Project"


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Developing Medical and Welfare Robots ~The Challenges of Kabe Laboratory, Faculty of Human Sciences~

In this blog article we introduce a place which has gained a lot of media attention from Japan
and the world - The Kabe Research Lab, based within the Faculty of Human Sciences. 

Having once been an employee of an electronic products manufacturer for over 20 years,
Professor Kabe has been using his knowledge of product and commercial developments to
further his research and development of medical and welfare robots. His most notable works
include “Jukusui-kun”, a robot programmed to support patients of Sleep Apnea Syndrome, and
“Tocco-chan”, a creation designed to boost users’ health by bringing them to laughter. Both
robots are exhibited at the International Robot Exhibition every year. By studying the needs
arising within medical and welfare facilities and incorporating the latest robot technology,
researchers at Kabe Research Lab are advancing their studies and development for a system
which will assist Japan’s rapidly ageing society as well as the rest of the world. 

Professor Kabe in the far left

It is estimated that approximately two million people in Japan suffer from Sleep Apnea
Syndrome, or SAS. “Jukusui (Deep Sleep)-kun” is designed to support these patients by
detecting their breathing through snoring sounds and oxygen levels in their blood stream.
The robot then adjusts the user’s sleeping position to improve their breathing. In patients
who live alone this disease is often left undetected for a very long time - especially if the
patient shows little subjective symptoms, in which case the condition could become far
worse – leading to serious consequences. 

The researchers envision this robot being able to contribute towards lessening the ill effects
SAS can place on the human body as well as various potential complications, such as
cerebral vascular disorder, high blood pressure, myocardial infarction, diabetes, etc. 

They also hope to see their creation being used to detect early signs in potential SAS
sufferers so they can receive relevant support, and that as a result they would be able to
help prevent road accidents caused by day time lethargy or serious labor incidents such as
on the railway. 


“Tocco-chan”, a panda-shaped robot, was designed to promote good health through laughter.
It is equipped with functions such as speech communication through voice recognition, user
facial recognition, and can even calculate the user’s “smile barometer” and will continue to
hold a conversation until the user begins to laugh.
The lab is also currently working to expand the robot’s usability by attaching new functions such
as vision sensors, in their development of a system to support training exercise to combat
“locomotive syndrome”.


Currently there are just under 30 students taking part in Professor Kabe’s laboratory. They
vigorously participate in many activities such as academic presentations, exhibiting at
international robot fairs and participating in various business plan competitions. They also
share active ties with overseas research facilities such as Nanyang Technology University,

New relationships with UCLA and UC Berkeley were forged this year when a party of 15
people –including students from the Department of Human Sciences and students taking
Professor Kabe’s “Product Development in Japanese and Global Companies” – travelled to
the United States in February. They visited the Ronald Regan UCLA Medical Center and other
facilities, before the meeting with UC Berkeley’s Nikkei Student Union, a Japanese-American
student organization, as well as taking part in discussions on Robotics, Japanese culture
and science technology. On their last day a visit was granted into the Santa Clara office of
Intel Corporation, where students were able to interact with the staff and get a first hand feel
of the enjoyments of working in one of the world’s leading organizations. 


Currently there is one Korean student registered with Professor Kabe’s laboratory, and he is
aiming to accepting students from other overseas countries next year. The Kabe Lab continues
to establish a business model of a global standard as it endorses from Japan into the world.
For those who are interested, the professor welcomes you to drop by for a visit.

An introduction of the Kabe Seminar (Japanese only)

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