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Director-General of JMA (2014 - 2016)

Director-General of JMA

Noritake Nishide, the newly appointed Director-General of the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA), serves as Permanent Representative of Japan with the World Meteorological Organization (WMO).

Mr. Nishide holds an MSc (1979) from the University of Tokyo. Prior to his appointment as JMA's Director-General, he served as Director-General of the Forecast Department (2011 - 2014), Director-General of the Seismology and Volcanology Department (2010 - 2011) and Director-General of the Fukuoka Regional Headquarters (2009 - 2010) at JMA.

After joining JMA in 1979, Mr. Nishide worked extensively in seismological and volcanological services with particular focus on the monitoring of earthquakes, tsunami and volcanic activity. He also engaged in seismology-related international activities, including participation in expert meetings and sessions of the Conference on Disarmament. Mr. Nishide further contributed to research on earthquakes and volcanic activity as well as national disaster management policy planning at the National Land Agency, and established JMA's strategy for earthquake/volcano monitoring and the Earthquake Early Warning (EEW) system.

In recent years, he has contributed to enhancing meteorological services by introducing the Emergency Warning system, nowcasting for thunder and tornadoes, and five-day typhoon track forecasts. He has participated in international activities mainly within the framework of WMO and the ESCAP/WMO Typhoon Committee.