Kentaro Watanabe

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Kentaro Watanabe
National Institute of Polar Research
Bioscience Group, International Affairs Section
Job title
PhD, Agriculture(The University of Tokyo), Master, Agriculture(The University of Tokyo)


participated in the Japanese Antarctic Research Expeditions (JAREs)
JARE22 Summer, JARE24 Wintering, JARE35 Wintering, JARE40 Summer, JARE41 Wintering (vice Expedition Leader, Station Master),
JARE46 Wintering (vice Expedition Leader, Station Master),
JARE54 Summer (Expedition Leader, Summer Leader: 2012-2014),

CHINARE5 Summer (1988-1989) Great Wall,
ANARE aboard Aurora Australis in Prytz Bay (1992)

Research Areas


Academic & Professional Experience

Apr 2018
Project Professor, Research and Education Div., National Institute of Polar Researh
Summer Leader, Expedition Leader, 54th JARE Summer Party
Apr 2007
Mar 2018
Professor, Bioscience Group, National Institute of Polar Researh
Jan 2010
Feb 2010
Inspector, Antarctic Treaty Japan's Inspection Team
Station Master, 46th JARE Overwintering Party
Station Master, 41st JARE Overwintering Party
Researcher, Bio- Medical Science, 40th JARE Summer Party
Associate Professor, NIPR
Researcher, Bio-Medical Science, 35th JARE Overwintering Party
Researcher, Environmental Science, 24th JARE overwinter party
Researcher, Biology, 22nd JARE summer party
Research Associate, NIPR


Apr 1979
Jul 1979
Graduate University of Tokyo
Apr 1977
Mar 1979
Dept Fisheries, Fac Agriculture, Graduate University of Tokyo
Graduate School, Division of Agricultural Science, The University of Tokyo
Mar 1977
Department of Fisheries, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Tokyo
Faculty of Agriculture, The University of Tokyo

Published Papers

A New Free-living Marine Nematode Species of the Genus Graphonema (Nematoda: Chromadorida: Chromadoridae) from Antarctica
Daisuke Shimada, Megumu Tsujimoto, Kentaro Watanabe
Species Diversity   24(1)    May 2019   [Refereed]
Disease and injury statistics of Japanese Antarcticresearch expeditions during the wintering period:evaluation of 6837 cases in the 1st–56th parties –Antarctic health report in 1956–2016
Atsushi Ikeda, Giichiro Ohno, Shinji Otani, Kentaro Watanabe, Satoshi Imura
International Journal of Circumpolar Health   78(1611327)    Apr 2019   [Refereed]
A new species and the shallowest record of Flabegraviera Salazar-Vallejo, 2012 (Annelida: Flabelligeridae) from Antarctica
ZOOTAXA   4221(4) 477-485   Jan 2017   [Refereed]
A new species of polychaete, Flabegraviera fujiae sp. nov., is described and the first report of F. mundata (Gravier, 1906)
from the shallow water around Syowa Station, Antarctica, is presented. Flabegraviera fujiae sp. nov. resembles F. profunda
Atsushi Ikeda, Koji Kawai, Masakazu Tsutsumi, Koji Yoshimura, Giichiro Ohno, Tatsuhisa Hasegawa, Hirofumi Ooe, Kentaro Watanabe, Jun Miyazaki, Hiroyuki Nishiyama
Lower urinary tract symptoms.      Jun 2016   [Refereed]
This is the first survey of the urinary status of people living in a polar environment. The findings obtained by questionnaires and voiding dairies indicated that urination and sleep status did not worsen during the stay in Antarctica.
Kentaro Watanabe, Koichiro Doi, Hong Tat Ewe, Kottekkatu Padinchati Krishnan, Jae Il Lee, Ruiyuan Liu
Polar Science   9(4) 335-337   Dec 2015   [Refereed]
The Asian Forum for Polar Sciences (AFoPS) was established in 2004 to encourage and facilitate cooperation for the advance of polar sciences among countries in the Asian region. It commemorated tenth anniversary organizing the AFoPS Symposium on 7...
Suchana Chavanich, Voranop Viyakarn, Daiki Nomura, Kentaro Watanabe
Polar Science   9(4) 389-392   Dec 2015   [Refereed]
The feeding habits of the Antarctic fish Pseudotrematomus bernacchii (Previous name: Trematomus bernacchii) under the fast ice around Japanese Syowa Station were investigated in the summers of 2004/2005 and 2009/2010. The results showed that amphi...
Takashi Sugita1,*, Takashi Yamazaki2,3,4, Shin Yamada5, Hajime Takeoka5, Otomi Cho1, Takafumi Tanaka1, Giichiro Ohno6,7, Kentaro Watanabe6, Koichi Makimura3,4, Hiroshi Ohshima, Noriaki Ishioka and Chiaki Mukai
Medical mycology      Jun 2015   [Refereed]
The International Space Station (ISS) is located approximately 400 km above the Earth. Astronauts staying at the ISS are under microgravity and are thus unable to bathe or shower; instead, they wash their bodies using wet tissues. For astronauts, ...
Mikako Hashimoto, Yoshitake Orikasa, Hidenori Hayashi, Kentaro Watanabe, Kiyohito Yoshida, Hidetoshi Okuyama
Journal of Basic Microbiology   DOI: 10.1002/jobm.201400815   Feb 2015   [Refereed]
Colwellia psychrerythraea strain 34H is an obligately psychrophilic bacterium that has been used as a model cold-adapted microorganism because of its psychrophilic growth profile, significant production of cold-active enzymes, and cryoprotectant e...
C Muangchinda, S Chavanich, V Viyakarn, K Watanabe, S Imura, A S Vangnai, O Pinyakong
Environmental Science and Pollution Research      Oct 2014   [Refereed]
Hydrocarbon catabolic genes were investigated in soils and sediments in nine different locations around Syowa Station, Antarctica, using conventional PCR, real-time PCR, cloning, and sequencing analysis. Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon ring-hydrox...
Lipids in cold-adapted microorganisms
Ahmad Iskandar Bin Haji Mohd Taha, Rifat Zubair Ahmed, Taro Motoigi, Kentaro Watanabe, Norio Kurosawa, Hidetoshi Okuyama
Cold Adapted Microorganisms   189-214   Sep 2013   [Refereed]


Antarctic Research Programs of Asian countries
Kentaro Watanabe
Polar News   51(1) 3-16   Apr 2015   [Refereed][Invited]
Protected Area Systems in the Antarctic Treaty System
Kentaro Watanabe
Environmental Research Quarterly   (174) 65-72   Jun 2014   [Invited]
The Japanese Antarctic Research Expedition in progress and its organization. (review)
Kentaro Watanabe
J. Black Sea/Mediterranean Environment   20(1) 78-91   2014   [Invited]
Summer operations of JARE54 (2012-2013), conquering difficulties due to heavy sea ice conditions
Kentaro Watanabe
Polar News   49(2) 2-9   Aug 2013   [Refereed][Invited]
The plan of the 54th JARE (2012-2014)
Kentaro Watanabe
Polar News   49(1) 27-41   Mar 2013   [Refereed][Invited]
Workshop on Antarctic medical research and medicine 2007
Giichiro Ohno, Kentaro Watanabe
Antarctic Record   52(1) 111-116   Mar 2008   [Refereed]
A workshop on Antarctic medical research and medicine 2007 was held on August 25, 2007 at the National Institute of Polar Research in Tokyo. Forty five members from 29 institutes participated in the workshop including doctors from China, Korea and...
Oceanographic Observations in Japanese Antarctic Research Expeditions
Kentaro Watanabe
Journal of The Japan Society for Marine Surveys and Technology   19(1) 27-30   Mar 2007
Report on workshop on Antarctic medical research and medicine 2006
Ohno, G., Obinata, I., Shimoeda, N., Miyata, T., Fujiwara, H., Mikami, H., Ohno, H., Fukuchi, M., Watanabe, K. and Morimoto, T.
Antarctic Record   51(2) 241-249   2007   [Refereed]
Report on the 25th Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meeting
Kentaro Watanabe
Polar News   76(1) 60-65   Mar 2003

Books etc

Encyclopedia of Antarctica
Kentaro Watanabe (Part:Contributor)
Oct 2006   ISBN:4-09-526151-X
Encyclopedia of Ecology
Kentaro Watanabe (Part:Contributor, ice algae)
Kyoritsu Publishing Co.   Jun 2003   ISBN:4-320-05602-7
Phytoplankton database for JARE39 Cruise (1997/98)
Database of animal specimens from polar regions at NIPR. Ver.1
Polar environment and micro-algae. 1. Marine micro-algae.
Handbook on Micro-organisms in Ultimate Conditions. Science Forum   1991   
Lives in the Sea Ice-Ecology of Ice Algae
The Sea and Global Environment-Frontiers in Oceanography, Tokyo University Press   1991   
Algae-copepod-fish link associated with Antarctic sea ice.(共著)
In Marine Biology-Its Accomplishment and Future Prospect, Hokusen-sha   1991   
Seasonal variation in ice algal assemblages in the fast ice near Syowa Station in 1983/84.(共著)
Antarctic Ecosystems-Change and Conservation eds. by Kerry and Hempel, Springer-Verlag   1990   
Micro-organisms in special(polar)conditions-topics on ice algae.
Bio-industrial materials, Nikkei Technical Books   1988   

Conference Activities & Talks

What I have come to see and consider during my overwintering in Antarctica
Kentaro Watanabe
Workshop of Kodaira Municipal elementary schools for curriculum development   11 Mar 2015   
Global Environment, watching from the Antarctic [Invited]
Kentaro Watanabe
18th Environment Fest in Higashikurume   15 Jun 2014   
The Japanese Antarctic Research Expedition in progress and its organization [Invited]
Kentaro Watanabe
Turkish Antarctic Science Roadmap Workshop   18 Nov 2013   
Antarctic Marine Ecosystem [Invited]
Kentaro Watanabe
Lecture at Faculty of Fisheries, Istanbul University   21 Nov 2013   
Indiginous people in Arctic and Antarctic Overwintering Expeditioners [Invited]
Kentaro Watanabe
Symposium: Cultures in extreme environments   18 Oct 2009   SOKENDAI


A study on relationships between time-spacial variabilities of primary production and sea ice distribution in the Indian sector of the Southern Ocean.
General management of various observations in the Syowa station area (Station leader, JARE41 wintering party)
1999 - 2001
Fundamental study on the responces of polar ecosystems to environmental change.
A study on middle to long range variability of oceanographic environment in the Antarctic Ocean.
Marine biological monitoring in the Southern Ocean (JARE40 summer party)
1998 - 1999

Research Grants & Projects

Production ecology within lower-trophic levels in polar waters

Social Contribution

Antarctic Classes
[TV or radio appearance, Lecturer]  National Institute of Polar Research  (Japan's Antarctic station, Syowa)  Feb 2005 - Dec 2005