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-

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

- JMA organogram

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.


Please contact us with any issues or questions:
  • Affiliation: Japan Meteorological Agency
  • Affiliation: 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
  • Website:

Meteorological Satellite Center

MSC 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, and the Command and Data Acquisition Station (CDAS) is located in Hatoyama town in Saitama Prefecture, 60 km northwest of Tokyo.

- MSC organogram

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
  • Analysis of satellite imagery including typhoon tracking
  • 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).