The nutrition of human beings is closely connected with the protection of personal information. Personal information means that relating to an individual identified or identifiable by name, date of birth, or other description. There have been no explicit legal rules at the national level in Japan concerning protection of personal data in the private sector, while there are about 40 countries that have enacted such laws. The Personal Information Protection Bill was eventually approved by the Japanese Cabinet on March 27, 2001 for submission to the Diet. This Bill, when it is passed by the Diet and comes into force, will greatly influence the nutrition of human beings. The Bill consists of 7 Chapters on General Provisions, Basic Principles, Responsibilities of the State and Local Government, Measures for the Protection of Personal Information, Duties of Entity Handling Personal Information, Miscellaneous Provisions and Penal Provisions. It is necessary to emphasize that personal information is vital to the nutrition of human beings.
This study provides a comprehensive evaluation of the degree of engagement of students enrolled in the practicum system. The study also seeks to identify the factors that influenced the overall course rating and to define the relationship among the factors which contributed to the evaluation. The results were analyzed of questionnaires distributed to 186 students at a women's junior college who completed the Practice of Nutrition Education II in 1998 and 1999. The questionnaire completed by each student contained 10 questions whose form was based on the 5-stage Likert scale (9 questions) together with one open-ended question. The questionnaire was distributed at the end of the final practice session of each year, and collected at the time when the report was submitted 2 weeks later. The total number of respondents was 164. The average evaluation for the two years was correlated, in rising order, with “positive participation in group work, ” “effectiveness of group discussion, ” and “understanding the presentations of the other groups.” The factor with the strongest effect was “understanding the presentations of the other groups, ” while that with the weakest effect was “acquisition of presentation technique.” The application of a multiple-regression analysis to the identification of factors relating to “the overall item rating” revealed the order, “understanding the presentation of the other groups, ” “acquisition of presentation technique, ” “effectiveness of group discussion, ” and “clarification by presentation of the learning goal.” The factors enhancing the enthusiasm of the students' participation in the practicum were identified. This result suggests the necessity of a program such as the Practice of Nutrition Education II to give students an incentive to study hard and to enable them to check and develop their own knowledge.