Institute of Arctic Observation Support

Profile

Hiroshi Utsumi

Representative of the Board of Directors, Special Region Transport Unit

Hiroshi Utsumi

  • Born in 1945
  • Graduate of the School of Marine, Science and Technology, Tokai University
  • Engagement in Heavy Transport and Subsea Construction, Fukada Salvage Co Ltd
  • Graduate of Maritime Law, University of Wales
  • Engagement in Heavy Land Transport, Rigging International Group
  • Founder of TransIndo Japan Co Ltd in 1987, specialising in specialised transport in remote and danger areas
  • Closure of TransIndo Japan Co Ltd in 2013 due to minor health issues
  • ounder of Star Navigation Co Ltd in 2014, specialising in transport in the Arctic Region
Click HERE for the Star Navigation Co Ltd Homepage
Photos of Hiroshi Utsumi

Tetsuhide Yamasaki

Board Member, Dogsled Arctic Explorer

Tetsuhide Yamasaki

Born in 1967 in Hyogo Prefecture. He spent his childhood in Takahama, Fukui Prefecture. He is currently a resident of Takatsuki, Osaka.
Inspired by explorer Mr Naomi Uemura’s book during senior high school, Mr Yamasaki successfully ventured the Amazon River on a wooden raft. He then repeatedly participated in expeditions through the Arctic (mainly in Greenland) from 1989. The Eskimos of the northwest region of Greenland taught Mr Yamasaki their dogsledding techniques and hunting technology.

Mr Yamasaki entered the world of observation and investigation of the Polar region following his connection with a Polar researcher. He has since participated in numerous expeditions in the Arctic, and also participated in the 46th Japanese Antarctic Research Expedition.

Currently he is working on the “AVANGNAQ Arctic Environment Investigation Project”, a project lead by dogsleds. His aim is to construct observation bases in the far north regions of Greenland and Canada, and is currently providing support to polar researchers in those regions.

  • Member of the Japanese Society of Snow and Ice, North and South Pole Clubs
  • Winner of the 4th Mont-Bell Challenge Award in 2009
  • Winner of the Soroptimist Japan Foundation Environment Contribution Award in 2011

Click HERE for Mr Tetsuhide Yamasaki’s homepage
Click HERE for Mr Tetsuhide Yamasaki’s blog

Photos of Tetsuhide Yamasaki

Keizo Funatsu

Board of Member Explorer, Dogsled Racer

Keizou Funatsu

  • Born in 1956.
  • Succeeded in a solo crossing of America by bicycle while still in university.
  • Worked at a trading company for 3 years after graduating.
  • 1984 crossing the Sahara by sail on a bicycle as leader.
  • 1988 crossing Greenland by dogsled and ski.
  • 1989 crossing Antarctic by dogsled and ski as part of an international team (won Asahi sports prize)
  • 1991 participated Iditarod dogsled race between anchorage and Nome,1800km (received rookie award) and Yukon quest dogsled race between White horse and Farebanks,1800km
  • Moved base to Alaska from 1994.
  • Photos of Keizou Funatsu

Yutaka Koyanagi

Yutaka Koyanagi

  • 1949 Born in Hiroshima and live in Tama-Plaza, Yokohama
  • 1972 Graduated Kagoshima University, Faculty of Fishery
  • 1972 Entered Fukada Salvage Co., Ltd.
    Salvage, Towage, Chartering, Heavy Cargo Transport by Barges.
  • 1976 Entered SELCO SALVAGE PTE LTD.
    Salvage, Towage, Chartering, Sell & Purchase of vessels, Heavy Cargo Transport by Barges, Recovery of Crashed Airplanes from the deep seabed.
  • 1986 Entered Fukada Salvage & Marine Works Co., Ltd.
    Salvage, Towage, Chartering, Sell & Purchase of vessels, Heavy Cargo Transport by Barges, Recovery of Crashed Airplanes form the deep seabed, Offshore Development Projects.
  • 2016 The Japan Shipping Exchange, Inc. (JSE)
    Arbitrator, Panel of Tokyo Maritime Arbitration Commission of JSE Arbitrators.
Photos of Yutaka Koyanagi

Okitsugu Watanabe

Auditor

Okitsugu Watanabe

  • Born in Pyongyang in 1939
  • Graduated from Department of Geology, Faculty of Science, Hokkaido University in 1965
  • Completion of the coarse of Geophysics ( Glaciology ) at postgraduate school, Hokkaido University in 1967
  • Doctor of Science ( from Nagoya University)
  • Engaged for assistant, associated professor at the Institute of Water Research, Nagoya University, 1967~1982
  • Engaged for professor of National Institute of Polar Research, appointed the director of science division, the director of Arctic Research Center, the Director General of the Institute, 1982~2005
  • Professor emeritus, the National Institute of Polar Research and the Graduate University for Advance Studies
  • Participation in glaciological research projects in Nepal Himalaya in the1970s and the 1980s
  • Participation in the 11th,15th, 29th and 35th Japanese Antarctic Research Expeditions,
  • appointed to leader of the JARE 29 and 35
  • Participation in Arctic research projects in the 1990s and 2000s.
  • Photos of Okitsugu Watanabe