Kyushu University Faculty Member Chosen as the Expedition Leader of the 58th Japanese Antarctic Research Expedition
Professor Yasuhito Osanai of the Kyushu University Faculty of Social and Cultural Studies has been chosen as the leader of the 58th Japanese Antarctic Research Expedition (and will serve concurrently as the summer leader). Professor Osanai has participated in the Antarctic Research Expedition on four previous occasions (the 28th, the 31st, the 39th, and the 49th), serving as a deputy leader of the 49th Expedition.
This will be the first time that a member of Kyushu University has served as the expedition leader of the Japanese Antarctic Research Expedition.
At a regular press briefing held on Thursday, November 19, 2015, Professor Osanai talked of his enthusiasm, saying, “Unlike expedition members who can focus on research in their own areas of specialism, the expedition leader is in overall charge of the group, so I feel a tremendous sense of responsibility. In addition, the 58th Japanese Antarctic Research Expedition will take place during the first year of the next six-year plan, so I want to make sure that I make adequate preparations to enable us to make a good start that will ensure the success of the plan, as well as providing support that will ensure the success of the 58th Expedition.”
Expedition members will be chosen and trained and supplies prepared over the next 12 months, ahead of the 58th Expedition’s departure for Antarctica at the end of November next year.