Hiroki Asano

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Resistin is a cytokine derived from adipose tissue and is implicated in obesity-related insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes mellitus. Polymorphisms of the resistin gene (RETN) have been shown to affect the plasma resistin concentration. The aims of this study were to identify polymorphisms of RETN that influence plasma resistin concentration and to(More)
In this paper, the authors present an evaluation procedure of independent power producers' impact on reliability and associated costs of existing power systems under deregulation. Independent power producers (IPPs) with competitive electricity prices can contribute to the cost reduction of electricity supply under the open access power systems. However,(More)
This paper provides new regression models for demand reduction of Demand Response programs for the purpose of ex ante evaluation of the programs and screening for recruiting customer enrollment into the programs. The proposed regression models employ load sensitivity to outside air temperature and representative load pattern derived from cluster analysis of(More)
A compact and low-power current-mode RC oscillator (RCO) with process, voltage, and temperature (PVT) stability has been developed. The circuit employs a currentmode RCO architecture without using a conventional comparator based voltage-mode architecture. The current-mode architecture enables a compact RCO and faster switching speed to be achieved. By(More)
Inguinal hernia repair is a common operation performed in general surgery. Surgical procedure is divided roughly into the open method and the laparoscopic method. In order to accomplish the procedure, understanding the details of the anatomical structure approached both from the inside and outside of the abdomen as well as proficiency is required, and an(More)
We propose a sub-1-μs start-up time, fully integrated 32-MHz relaxation oscillator (ROSC) for intermittent VLSI systems. Our proposed ROSC employs current mode architecture that is different from conventional voltage mode architecture. This enables compact and fast switching speed to be achieved. The measurement results demonstrated that the ROSC(More)