JMA has operated geostationary meteorological satellites since 1978, producing data that helps to prevent and mitigate weather-related disasters based on monitoring of 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 35,800 km above the equator at around 140 degrees east longitude Position 35,800 km above the equator at around 145 degrees east longitude
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Satellite Program Division, Japan Meteorological Agency (E-mail: metsat AT

Follow-on satellites

Name Himawari-8 Himawari-9
Launch date 7 Oct. 2014 2016 (scheduled)
Operation period (scheduled) From 2015 to 2022 From 2022 to 2029
Position 35,800 km above the equator at around 140 degrees east longitude

JMA launched Himawari-8 – its next-generation geostationary meteorological satellite – on 7 October 2014 and plans 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 further 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's Himawari-8/9 web page can be found at

Himawari-8/9 leaflet (PDF, 4.25 MB) (May 2014)
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Latest News Releases

27 May 2015 Himawari-8 is scheduled to start operation at 02 UTC on 7 July 2015
1 May 2015 Collection of images captured by Himawari-8
5 Feb. 2015 MTSAT-2 Schedule for Equinox Season (Spring 2015) *Link to MSC/JMA

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