Toshihiko Hashida, the newly appointed Director-General of the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA), serves as the Permanent Representative of Japan with the World Meteorological Organization (WMO).
Dr. Hashida holds a PhD (1985) from The University of Tokyo. Prior to his appointment as JMA's Director-General, he served as Director-General of the Forecast Department (2014 – 2016), Director-General of the Seismology and Volcanology Department (2013 – 2014) and Director-General of the Fukuoka Regional Headquarters (2011 – 2013) at JMA.
After joining JMA in 1987, Dr. Hashida worked extensively in seismological and volcanological services with focus on operational earthquake and tsunami monitoring systems and information service planning. In recent years he has led the Agency’s endeavors to enhance its monitoring and early warning systems for severe weather and earthquakes/tsunamis in the wake of the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake. Achievements related to his work include the enhancement of services for the provision of information on volcanic activity and tropical cyclones. Based on his wealth of experience and a genuine passion, Dr. Hashida has devoted himself to modernizing the Agency’s roles in evaluation, monitoring and other aspects of meteorological public service management and in the operation of disaster management systems.
Dr. Hashida has also served as Head of the Office of International Affairs (2005 – 2008) and actively participates in international activities within the framework of WMO and the ESCAP/WMO Typhoon Committee.