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by Jaume Ollé
According to a page on Nobu Shirase, Japanese Antarctic explorer, he originally aiming to reach the South Pole first.
Shirase's expedition explored King Edward VII Land.
A photo on the page shows a flag raising on 28 January 1912 and notes:
He and his men lined up before dawn at south latitude 80o 05', the furthest southern point they would achieve, and stood beneath the Japanese flag to salute the Emperor with a traditional Banzai ceremony.
A short biography of Shirase is located at www.ndl.go.jp.
Jan Mertens, 15 November 2008