The Origin of Weathernews!
“I want to protect the lives of mariners.” “I want to help in time of crisis.”
January, 1970. Fukushima, Japan.
An explosive low-pressure system hits the local port of Onahama, Japan.
The cargo vessel sinks, and the lives of 15 crew are lost.
Forecasting weather risks using the forecasting techniques of the day was difficult if not impossible.
If only better information were available, this accident could have been avoided.
“If there had been really useful weather information, maybe this accident could have been prevented.”
Feeling a sense of responsibility for this incident,company founder Hiro Ishibashi advanced the private weather forecasting industry by establishing Weathernews Inc. in 1986.
Since then, our forecasting and weather-based risk communication services have expanded to cover all types of business and our daily lives. However, Weathernews’ mission still protects the lives of sailors.
Now, Weathernews is a company dedicated to helping in any kind of natural disaster, and all our staff keep this mission in their heart.
Evolution to a Full Service Weather Company
As a company specializing in marine weather, WNI (formerly Oceanroutes) provided weather routing services recommending the safest and most economical route to vessels.
Began providing pinpoint weather service to catering companies in order to eliminate the losses from unsold box lunches on rainy days.
Started providing realtime satellite images for TV stations.
Began aviation weather services, supporting safe flights for Honda Airlines.
WEATHERNEWS INC. was founded in Minato-ku, Tokyo, as a weather content maker for the purpose of serving all the weather markets.
WEATHERNEWS AMERICA INC established.
Opened Makuhari General Service Center in Chiba, Japan.
Established Weathernews Korea Inc.
Started delivering weather information to NTT DoCoMo i-mode users (Japan).
Acquired BV Weerbureau HWS (established through the privatization of the commercial department of the Dutch government’s weather agency) as a subsidiary via stock acquisition.
Made an initial public offering to NASDAQ Japan.
Started delivering “Weathernews” to the BS digital data weather channel.
Started delivering weather information to E-Plus cellular phone users (Germany).
Started delivering weather information in NTT DoCoMo i-mode format to KPN cellular phone users (Netherlands).
Supported weather-related administrative and response measures at 2002 FIFA World Cup soccer stadiums in Japan.
Established Weathernews Shanghai Co,Ltd. in China.
Listed on the First Section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange.
Started delivering weather information to three major cellular phone users (US).
Started delivering weather information to China Mobile.
Opened U.S. Operations Center in Norman, Oklahoma, Mecca for meteorological research and development in the world.
Established WEATHERNEWS U.K. LTD. in London.
Signed transport weather business support agreement with Korean Air.
Established WEATHERNEWS TAIWAN LTD.
Established Weathernews Nepal Pvt. Ltd.
Started preparation for launching a ultra-compact observation satellite "WNI Satellite"
Established Global Ice Center for monitoring and forecasting polar ice to support the Arctic Ocean routing.
Established Weathernews India Pvt. Ltd.
The Chairman Hiroyoshi Ishibashi was chosen as one of the "Entrepreneurs of the Year Japan 2008".
Released a smartphone application "Weathernews Touch" via iPhone.
Started expanding its proprietary WITH Rader Network across Japan.
Started delivering weather contents to Monternet, a cellular phone portal service net, run by China Mobile, a leading Chinese mobile phone provider.
Weathernews Global Ice Center started.
Installed meteorological observation system in base stations in collaboration with KDDI CORPORATION, and announced a new sense of content "Sora-tenna" （WITH Sensor） to share collected weather data with WNI supporters.
Weathernews Oklahoma Innovation Center initiated its development of infrastructure for realizing unconventional, innovative services.
Following the Great East Japan Earthquake, Weathernews began initiating its efforts for developing "TSUNAMI Radarcast" to transmit information on tsunami onset earlier and help mitigate damages as part of WNI's recovery and rehabilitation support.
Started delivering "weather news" to users of the navigation system installed in Toyota vehicles.
Established Weathernews Singapore Pte. Ltd.
Started providing weather contents for a Kakao Talk application used by 3.3 million people in South Korea
Started providing aviation weather service to one of the top 5 Chinese airlines, Xiamen Air.
Supported the team of Yuichiro Miura (aged 80), a world's oldest mountaineer, for their climbing of Mt. Everest.
Succeeded in launching a ultra-compact proprietary satellite "WNISAT-1"
Strengthened support system for shipping companies and opened Manila Operation Center.
Opened Jakarta Office in the capital of Indonesia.
Acquired the application business of a US social weather company Weathermob.
Opened Voyage Planning Service Center in Copenhagen.
Made a partnership for weather data with Netatmo, one of the world's largest French meteorological network service company.
Opened Hanoi office in the capital of Vietnam.
Completed development of WNISAT-1R.
Supported the Japan National Rugby union team in the international game in UK.
Weathernews and PAGASA sign memorandum of understanding for mutual cooperation against weather disasters in the Philippines.
Started Drone Project for providing weather support for safe drone operation.
Opened the Weathernews' day care center, WNI RAIN KIDS HOUSE.
Weathernews Inc. and Indonesia’s BMKG Sign memorandum of understanding for Reducing Victims and Damage from Natural Disasters.
Opened Yangon Operation Center and established WEATHERNEWS RUS LLC.
Supported 16 Japanese teams in 7 International Sporting Events in Rio de Janeiro.
Opened offices in Athens and Bangkok.
Acquired Metnext SA and opened Paris Service Center to expand services to worldwide energy, retail and agriculture markets.
Launched our second proprietary satellite, WNISAT-1R to monitor oceans and atmosphere.
Signed MoU with the Laos Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment's Department of Meteorology and Hydrology regarding the sharing of weather data.
Position Monitoring system adopted by paramedic helicopters in Japan.
Signed MoU with the Myanmarese Department of Meteorology and Hydrology for data sharing.
Established "AI Disaster Prevention Council" with the aim of social implementation of the "Disaster Prevention Chatbot" which utilizes SNS to disseminate disaster prevention information.
Started adaptation and mitigation efforts for climate change.
Launched "Soratena", a high-performance IoT sensor for weather.
Weathernews as a weather information exchange platform for each and every people worldwide.