Annual Review 2011 > Centers

Office for Planning and Management

Yuko Kesen

Associate Professor

Tsuyoshi Ishikawa

Associate Professor

Kazuaki Yamauchi

Assistant Professor

Tsutomu Hashida

Assistant Professor

Kyoko Okudaira

Assistant Professor

Office for Planning and Management, headed by the University President, was established at the start of the University of Aizu as an internal research organization for the purpose of performing general investigative research concerning university functions, along with performing general program planning and design regarding university education and research, international exchange, public relations and publications, legal affairs, local arrangement of conference and other necessary matters concerning administrative management.

As the university develops, the expectations for the Office for Planning and Management have been changing from time to time. After the corporatization, in 2008, dealing with the matters of special mission given by the regents of the University was added to its functions. However, collaborating with other organizations of the University for the advancement of its education and research always remains the most important mission of the Office for Planning and Management.

The Office for Planning and Management is planning and arranging “ Science Cafe ” as one of the community service activities. Additionally, collaboration with several high schools, Super Science High School (SSH) activities for example, has been carried out. These activities can be good opportunities for the University of Aizu to increase the name recognition.

In FY2011, the Office for Planning and Management continued to work together with the Department of Students Affairs to carry out a 5-year project, “Knowing my Own Brightness and Opportunity to Synthesize Human Interactions for employability”, which was selected for the MEXT Project to support universities for improving the employability of undergraduates in 2010. However, the Japanese Government decided to terminated this MEXT program at the end of FY2011.

Refereed Journal Papers


A. Yamagishi, H. Yano, K. Okudaira, K. Kobayash, S. Yokobori, M. Tabata, H. Kawai, M. Yamashita, H. Mita, H. Hashimoto, and H. Yabuta. TANPOPO: Astrobiology Exposure and Micrometeoroid Capture Experiments. ISTS Web Paper Archives, The 28th International Symposium on Space Technology and Science (ISTS):2011-r59p, June 2011.

Tanpopo, dandelion, is the name of a grass whose seeds with floss are spread by the wind. We propose the analyses of interplanetary migration of microbes, organic compounds and meteoroids on Japan Experimental Module (JEM) of the International Space Station (ISS). In this paper we will introduce the target and basic design of the project. In “ Tanpopo ” project, ultra low-density aerogel will be used to capture micrometeoroid and debris. Particles captured by aerogel will be used for several analyses after the initial inspection of the gel and tracks. Careful analysis of the tracks in the aerogel will provide the size and velocity dependence of debris flux. The particles will be analyzed for mineralogical, organic and microbiological characteristics.


T. Ozawa, T. Suzuki, K. Okudaira, T. Mikouchi, K. Kurosawa, H. Takayanagi, S. Sugita, and K. Fujita. Investigation of Martian Dust Sample Capture toward Mars Aero-flyby Sample Collection Mission. ISTS Web Paper Archives, The 28th International Symposium on Space Technology and Science (ISTS):2011-k17, June 2011.

A Mars Aero-flyby Sample Collection (MASC) mission has been proposed in a Mars exploration project at Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA). The MASC vehicle enters the Martian atmosphere, captures dust particles and atmospheric gases at sampling altitudes between 30 and 50 km, and returns back to Earth. In order to improve the feasibility of this project, the development of its sampling system during flying in the Martian dusty atmosphere is crucial. Since silica aerogel has been used as a capturing medium for micrometeoroids and space debris, it is also planned to be used for the MASC mission. However, the capture of hypervelocity micron-size dust particles during the Martian atmospheric flight using aerogel is challenging. The aerogel is exposed to significant aerodynamic heating during sampling, and thus, the effect of heated aerogel on the dust particles must be evaluated. This work attempts to evaluate the impact on aerogel and the survivability of the dust particles inside the capturing medium by carrying out light gas gun and Van de Graaff experimental tests. By comparing the cases between normal and heated aerogels, the survivability of the dust samples as well as the heating effect has been investigated.

Refereed Proceedings Papers


K. Yamauchi and T. Orr. Nominication for Strategic Leadership: Best Practices in Japanese-Style Communication for Managerial Purposes. In Preocedings for The International Professional Communication Conference (IPCC 2011), CD, page none, October 2011.

Communication over drinks after work is an important part of workplace culture that has recently come to be called nominication in Japan, by combining the Japanese word for drinking (nomi) with the ending of the English word communication. It is also a social practice that is frequently used by Japanese managers to further their leadership agendas. In order to understand this form of professional communication in Japan more fully in the context of professional management, a survey of 30 Japanese leaders in different fields was conducted to see how this cultural phenomenon is currently viewed and practiced. From this information, a list of best practices was generated that the will be of interest to managers everywhere, as well as to educators and researchers who would like to investigate this type of managerial communication further.

Academic Activities


K. Yamauchi, January-December 2011.

Treasurer, IEEE Professional Communication Society Japan Chapter