Japan to test disaster warning system using satellite in Asia

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 organization said.
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 Center.
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.

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