JMA has been operating geostationary meteorological satellites since 1977. The data derived from the satellites has been contributing to the prevention and mitigation of weather-related disasters by monitoring typhoons and other weather conditions in the Asia-Oceania region.

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Current MTSAT series

Status Standby Status Operational
Operation period from 2005 to 2010 Operation period from 2010 to 2015 (plan)
Position 35,800km above the equator at 140 degrees East longitude Position 35,800km above the equator at 145 degrees East longitude

The follow-on satellites

JMA plans to launch the world’s first next-generation geostationary meteorological satellite, Himawari-8, in 2014 and to start its operation in 2015 as a replacement for MTSAT-2 (also called Himawari-7). Himawari-9 will also be launched in 2016 as a backup and successor satellite. Both satellites will be located at around 140 degrees east, and will observe the East Asia and Western Pacific regions for a period of 15 years. All imagery derived from Himawari-8/9 will be distributed to NMHSs via an Internet cloud service. JMA also plans to start the HimawariCast service, by which primary sets of imagery will be disseminated to NMHSs via a communication satellite using Digital Video Broadcasting — Satellite — Second Generation (DVB-S2) technology. JMA has set up a web page with information on Himawari-8/9 at

The leaflet of Himawari-8/9 (PDF, 4.25MB) (May 2014)
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