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Exclusive: Japan to export weather satellite to Vietnam

  • October 17, 2019
  • , Jiji Press , 0:13 a.m.
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Tokyo, Oct. 16 (Jiji Press)–A Japanese-developed weather satellite will be exported to Vietnam under a Japanese public-private initiative, Jiji Press learned Wednesday.

The Japanese side and the Vietnamese government are in the final stages of talks on the matter, according to informed sources.

The 20-billion-yen initiative is aimed at supporting disaster prevention efforts in the emerging economy, as an increasing number of extreme climate events are occurring around the globe.

Under the initiative, general trader Sumitomo Corp. <8053> will shortly take an order for the satellite from the Vietnamese government. The satellite will be produced by NEC Corp. <6701>.

The production cost will be mostly covered with low-interest yen loans from the Japan International Cooperation Agency.

This is believed to be the first export of a Japanese earth observation satellite, the sources said.

The satellite to be exported to Vietnam is a small earth observation satellite developed by the Japanese maker with the industry ministry’s support. It is based on the company’s Asnaro-2 test satellite, launched in January 2018.

The new satellite, weighing about 500 kilograms, can be lifted by Japan’s Epsilon solid-fuel rocket.

Vietnam is poised to introduce a satellite to monitor its climate and environment in the wake of recent rain disasters. The Southeast Asian country plans to operate one satellite initially and consider introducing a second one if necessary.

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