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TAIRA Talks: Seismically Isolated Structures In Japans Private Housing and Japanese Brewing (Sake and Shochu)

Author:Author unknown, Issue: January 1999, Topic: Speeches

From the TAIRA NET
As I mentioned a few weeks ago to the TAIRA list, various people had expressed the disappointment that the TAIRA talks had stopped functioning. For many, it was perhaps that only source of regular science/research/technology presentations with a general theme and informal approach. I am glad to announce that the TAIRA talks have re-started!! We would like to invite everyone from TAIRA to participate in our first meeting.

Date - 19th January 1999.
Venue - TGH (Techno-Growth House) Conference Room on the AIST Campus along Higashi Odori, Tsukuba.
Time - doors open at 7pm and the presentations will begin from 7.30pm.
Format of talks - 2 speakers will be giving talks for up to 30 minutes, with a suitable interval between the talks for food and drinks (pizza and beer available).
Post-talk discussion - to be carried out in a local bar, GOLDRUSH.

Talk 1 - Seismically Isolated Structures in Japan's Private Housing\\ by Bujar MYSLIMAJ, Dr. Eng. Institute of Engineering Mechanics, University of Tsukuba, JAPAN
ABSTRACT : Lessons learned from the great Hyogo-ken Nanbu Earthquake of January 17, 1995 and the good performance of seismically isolated structures during this destructive earthquake have persuaded the structural engineers, isolator makers and housing construction companies to undertake a cooperative research program to investigate the possibility of introducing seismically isolated structures into the private housing sector. A three-year cooperative research project financed by the Ministry of Construction of Japan and several private companies is under way at Building Research Institute. In this presentation the details of this project will be introduced and the latest information about its progress will be provided.

Talk 2 - Japanese Brewing - Sake and Shochu
by Mr. Kenichiro Kobata, KYOWA HAKKO KOGYO Co. Ltd. Ami-machi, Inashiki-gun, Ibaraki-ken, Japan.
Kyowa Hakko Kogyo Co. Ltd. is well established company known throughout Japan as one of the leading researchers and producers of Japanese alcoholic beverages, especially Sake and Shochu. It also has other business interests, including pharmaceuticals, nutraceuticals, biotechnology, fermentation, other foods and chemicals. The main business of KHK is within the Japanese market, but it also has substantial coverage and sales throughout the world including offices and various acquisitions (mainly in the USA). There are currently about 6000 employees within KHK. For TAIRA, Kenichiro will introduce the brewing process of alcoholic beverages in Japan, and will explain why and how there are differences / types of nihonshu. He will try to discriminate between the common nihonshu types by comparison to other well-known alcoholic beverages. From this presentation, Kenichiro hopes that a broad understanding of how nihonshu is manufactured, and the differences in flavour, can be achieved. There will also be free samples of sake and shochu available at the meeting which everyone is welcome to try and compare the tastes and quality of the nihonshu. These drinks will be presented after Kenichiro has finished his talk.

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