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 Himawari-8 in summer 2014 and commence its operation in 2015, when MTSAT-2 is scheduled to complete its period of operation. The Agency also plans to launch Himawari-9 in 2016. As to the manufacture of Himawari-8 and -9, production is currently in the parts manufacture phase. The imagery data of Himawari-8 and -9 will be delivered mainly via the Internet. JMA has also started a feasibility study on data dissemination using a commercial telecommunication satellite. JMA has set up a web page with information on Himawari-8 and -9 at

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