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International Affairs Section

Developing international research collaborations in polar regions

Head  Kentaro WATANABE

International exchange office for polar research

The International Affairs Section deals specifically with international issues relevant to scientific research in polar regions. Any matters relating to (1) international treaties and conferences, (2) cooperative research and scientific agreements with overseas institutions, and (3) international research exchanges are handled by the Section with the assistance of the International Affairs Committee in NIPR. Because polar research is conducted overseas, international frameworks are indispensable. The Section prepares reports on the Japanese Antarctic Research Expedition that are required by the Antarctic Treaty in collaboration with governmental bodies and relevant scientists. It also deals with issues and deposits documents relating to CCAMLR as well as various international bodies, such as SCAR, COMNAP, IASC and AFoPS.

Currently, NIPR conducts collaborative projects for polar research and logistics by implementing MOUs with overseas polar research institutions and universities in Australia, Belgium, China, France, Germany, South Korea, Malaysia, Norway, Sweden, Thailand and U.S.A. Today, there is a growing need for international exchange among scientists and activation of research, with greater emphasis placed on the globalization of research institutes. The Section offers assistance in these areas by working together with relevant organizations and scientists.

Telephone +81-42-512-0647
E-mail kokusai@nipr.ac.jp
Facsimile +81-42-528-3174

The XXXIV Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meeting, held in Buenos Aires.

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