Ja­pan to test Asia dis­as­ter warn­ing sys­tem

Viet Nam News - - ASIA -

KOBE — The Ja­pa­nese gov­ern­ment is pre­par­ing to test a dis­as­ter early warn­ing sys­tem for the Asia-Pa­cific re­gion us­ing one of its quasi-zenith satel­lites later this year, a Kobe- based in­ter­na­tional or­gan­i­sa­tion said yes­ter­day.

Prepa­ra­tions are un­der way for the first test over­seas later this year in In­dia and Pa­pua New Guinea as Ja­pan aims to ex­pand its con­tri­bu­tion to other Asian coun­tries’ dis­as­ter pre­ven­tion and po­ten­tial im­pacts of nat­u­ral dis­as­ters on Ja­pa­nese man­u­fac­tur­ers’ pro­duc­tion and sup­ply chains, ac­cord­ing to the Asian Dis­as­ter Re­duc­tion Cen­tre.

One of Ja­pan’s four Michibiki global po­si­tion­ing sys­tem satel­lites will be em­ployed to re­lay in­for­ma­tion from in­sti­tu­tions mon­i­tor­ing weather con­di­tions, ADRC of­fi­cials said.

The gov­ern­ment, work­ing with the ADRC and do­mes­tic com­pa­nies and uni­ver­si­ties, has de­vel­oped a re­ceiver to be dis­trib­uted to lo­cal au­thor­i­ties, they said.

Ex­per­i­ments have al­ready been con­ducted in Ja­pan to test re­cip­ro­cal data trans­mis­sion. In ad­di­tion to send­ing warn­ings, the sys­tem has been used to con­nect com­put­ers at mock evac­u­a­tion shel­ters and a dis­as­ter re­sponse cen­ter, the of­fi­cials said.

The sys­tem could be par­tic­u­larly ef­fec­tive in en­cour­ag­ing evac­u­a­tion and manag­ing re­lief ac­tiv­i­ties in re­mote ar­eas such as small is­lands and moun­tain­ous re­gions, they said. — KYODO

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