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GOJ-owned satellite data to be released to the public free of charge

  • January 23, 2017
  • , Nikkei , p. 3
  • JMH Translation

The government will start releasing to the public more data collected by government-owned satellites. The aim is to promote commercial use of satellite data in various fields such as retail, finance, and agriculture. Even government agencies are planning to pilot projects using satellite findings.   


The government currently owns multiple satellites, such as the earth observation satellites and climate satellites operated by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) and the Meteorological Agency, respectively. The Terra satellite, jointly operated with the U.S. and Canada, provides insight into the Earth’s weather system, and its data on atmosphere and sea surface temperatures is open to the public free of charge. While JAXA does not release any observational information, data acquired by the meteorological satellite Himawari can be purchased for commercial use.


The Space Industry Sub-Committee, comprised of government appointed experts, is discussing ways to release data acquired by government-owned satellites to the public.

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