National Institute of Polar Research (Japan)

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National Institute of Polar Research
National Institute of Polar Research (Japan) logo.jpg
Abbreviation NIPR
Formation 1973; 44 years ago (1973)

National Institute of Polar Research (Japanese: 国立極地研究所, Hepburn: Kokuritsu-kyokuchi-kenkyūjo) is the Japanese research institute for Antarctica. The agency manages several research bases on the continent.

Research centers[edit]

The NIPR has several research centers on Antarctica topics. Among others there are meteorological, geological, glacier motion, life science, ice dynamics, etc.[citation needed]

In 1969, the NIPR started collecting meteorites. Their meteorite collection contains almost 17,000 specimens of meteorites – one of the world's largest meteorite collections.[citation needed] The Antarctic meteorite research in the United States is guided by ANSMET.[citation needed]

Antarctic stations[edit]

Planetary science education[edit]

The NIPR Antarctic Meteorite Research Center loans a set of 30 thin sections of various meteorite types for use in education.[citation needed] The Institute prepared 20 sets of this collection.[citation needed] They were used in several European countries as well, including Hungary, Romania, Denmark, and Belgium.[citation needed] The set includes lunar and Martian meteorites.[citation needed]

See also[edit]


  • Yanai K., Kojima H., Haramura H. (1995): Catalog of Antarctic Meteorites. NIPR, Tokyo
  • William A. Cassidy, Meteorites, Ice and Antarctica, Cambridge University Press (2003), ISBN 0-521-25872-3

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Coordinates: 35°42′45″N 139°24′32″E / 35.71250°N 139.40889°E / 35.71250; 139.40889