NIMS, Yamaguchi City and Mori Urban Planning Sign a Collaboration Agreement on Wellness Projects

Yamaguchi City
National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS)
Mori Urban Planning Corporation

NIMS, the City of Yamaguchi and Mori Urban Planning Corporation have concluded an agreement to conduct collaborative projects aiming to create a new wellbeing industry.

Abstract

  1. NIMS (Kazuhiro Hono, President), the City of Yamaguchi (Kazuki Ito, Mayor) and Mori Urban Planning Corporation (responsible for the management of the Yamaguchi City Industrial Interchange Facility; Yasuo Yamakado, CEO) have concluded an agreement to conduct collaborative projects aiming to create a new wellbeing industry. The three organizations will work together to create and support new healthcare and other industries using the materials and technologies developed by NIMS, thereby promoting the development of Yamaguchi City.
  2. Under this agreement, NIMS, Yamaguchi City and Mori Urban Planning Corporation will collaboratively:
    • conduct usability testing of materials and technologies developed by NIMS intended to enhance public wellbeing;
    • based on the usability testing results, create new industries designed to promote public wellbeing; and
    • support Yamaguchi City’s efforts to develop local industries.
  3. The first usability testing will be carried out at the Medifit Lab Sports Club located within the Yamaguchi City Industrial Interchange Facility. In this project, a perspiration (or moisture) sensor developed by NIMS will be used to measure the perspiration of sports club users in an effort to develop dehydration and heatstroke prevention measures. The senor was developed by Jin Kawakita (Leader of the Electrochemical Sensors Group, Research Center for Functional Materials, NIMS). Previous, small-scale studies conducted using this sensor at elderly care and other facilities found a significant correlation between the amount of sweating and changes in bodily hydration levels. This sports club project will target a larger number of people across a broader age range. The types of measurements will include changes in perspiration amounts, body temperatures, bodily hydration levels and heartbeats before and after workouts. The correlation between these parameters will be statistically analyzed and the results will be used to improve the accuracy of perspiration-based bodily hydration level estimation. The results will also be used to develop effective dehydration and heatstroke prevention measures.

"Figure. Perspiration sensor developed by NIMS (left) and perspiration measurement in action (middle and right)" Image

Figure. Perspiration sensor developed by NIMS (left) and perspiration measurement in action (middle and right)




Inquiry about this page

(Regarding usability testing)

Jin Kawakita
Electrochemical Sensors Group
National Institute for Materials Science
Tel: +81-29-860-4798
E-Mail: KAWAKITA.Jin=nims.go.jp
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(General information)

New Business Support Staff (attn: Akano)
Furusato Industry Promotion Division
Commerce and Industry Promotion Department
Yamaguchi City Hall
2-1 Kameyama-cho, Yamaguchi-shi, Yamaguchi 753-8650, Japan
Tel: +81-83-934-2928
Fax: +81-83-934-2650
E-Mail: furu=city.yamaguchi.lg.jp
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Public Relations Office
National Institute for Materials Science
Tel: +81-29-859-2026
Fax: +81-29-859-2017
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Mori Urban Planning Corporation (attn. Nakahara)
(responsible for the management of the Yamaguchi City Industrial Interchange Facility, 1-1-1 Ogōrireiwa, Yamaguchi-shi, Yamaguchi 754-0041, Japan)
Roppongi Hills North Tower, 5F, 6-2-31 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo 106-0032, Japan
Tel: +81-3-5771-9284
E-Mail: k-nakahara=mori.co.jp
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