Naomi Harada, the first female team leader of a Japanese Antarctic research team, has just finished her mission.
Naomi has led the summer team for the 60th Japanese Antarctic research expedition. This was her second Antarctic expedition after 27 years. Naomi joined the 33rd Japanese Antarctic research expedition as the second female team member.
In the interview, Naomi tells us the differences between being in the role as the leader of the research team and joining the team as a researcher. She also shares her experiences in Antarctica and her goals in the future.
Naomi and the team were on board Shirase, a Japanese icebreaker operated by the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force, which stops at Sydney every year on the route to Japan. The interview was conducted on board Shirase in Sydney.