National Institute of Polar Research (NIPR)
The National Institute of Polar Research (NIPR) is an inter-university research institute to carry out comprehensive scientific research and observations in polar regions. As one of the research institutes constituting the Research Organization of Information and Systems (ROIS), NIPR has been playing a major role in Japanese Antarctic research programs, while pursuing cutting-edge studies in collaboration with research communities relating to the earth, the environment, life, space and other fields.
Training of researchers is also a big task of the institute. As a parent institute of the Graduate University for Advanced Studies (SOKENDAI), NIPR accommodates a 5-year doctoral course for graduate students in the Department of Polar Science, School of Multidisciplinary Sciences and is involved in fostering promising researchers with high-level research capabilities and skills for field science.