About Us

The Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) has been operating geostationary meteorological satellites since 1977.

JMA headquarters does the planning on JMA's meteorological satellites, and Meteorological Satellite Center (MSC) does the operation and development.

Japan Meteorological Agency -headquarters-

The Satellite Program Division belongs to the Observation Department of the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA), and is located in the HQ building in Tokyo.

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Satellite Program Division

The Division supervises matters on meteorological satellites, including:

  • Planning of future meteorological satellites
  • Procurement of meteorological satellites
  • Budget requests and contracts
  • International and interagency affairs
  • Telecommunication systems and radio frequencies.

Contact

Please contact us with any issues or questions.

    Affiliation
    Japan Meteorological Agency Satellite Program Division
    Address
    1-3-4 Otemachi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-8122, Japan
    Phone
    +81-(0)3-3201-8677
    Fax
    +81-(0)3-3217-1036
    Email
    metsat AT met.kishou.go.jp
    Website
    https://www.jma.go.jp/jma/indexe.html

Meteorological Satellite Center

The Meteorological Satellite Center (MSC) was established in April 1977 as an auxiliary organ of the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA). MSC is located in Kiyose city in suburban Tokyo.

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Operations and Development

MSC is in charge of geostationary meteorological satellite operational matters, including:

  • Satellite control
  • Acquisition of satellite imagery
  • Processing and dissemination of satellite imagery
  • Making products such as satellite imagery-derived wind
  • Receiving meteorological/tsunami reports from Data Collection Platforms (DCPs) through geostationary meteorological satellites.

MSC is also in charge of receiving imagery and data from NOAA's polar-orbiting meteorological satellites (POES) and EUMETSAT Polar System (EPS).

Contact

    Address
    3-235 Nakakiyoto, Kiyose, Tokyo 204-0012, Japan
    Website
    https://www.jma-net.go.jp/msc/en/index.html