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Director-General of JMA

Director-General of JMA

SEKITA Yasuo was appointed as Director-General of the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) on 1 April 2019.

Mr. Sekita earned an MS degree from The University of Tokyo in 1984 before starting at JMA. Prior to his current appointment, he served in JMA Director-General roles at Osaka Regional Headquarters (2013 - 2014), the Seismology and Volcanology Department (2014 - 2016) and the Forecast Department (2016 - 2019).

Mr. Sekita has worked extensively within JMA in the management of meteorological services with particular attention to the planning and development of seismological and volcanological monitoring and warning systems. His recent focus has been on the development of regional disaster mitigation capability across Japan based on strengthened relations with municipal governments, as well as active involvement in international activities within the framework of WMO, the ESCAP/WMO Typhoon Committee and UNESCO/IOC.

In his inauguration address, Mr. Sekita stressed the importance of balanced advancement in two specific areas for improved meteorological services: 1) technological development for enhanced meteorological information and data; and 2) promotion of utilization for meteorological information and data in accordance with the Meteorological Operation Focusing on Science and Technology Toward 2030 recommendation formulated by the Meteorological Subcommittee under the Council of Transport Policy implemented by Japan’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism in 2018.