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Discussion with Disaster Management and Government Officials from Six South American Countries at Weathernews Global Center in Chiba, Japan
What Can be Done to Realize an Early Warning System to Protect All Citizens Around the World

Published on Mar 28, 2024

It is extremely important to provide services that analyze climate change risks and respond to disasters that are becoming more severe and frequent due to climate change, as well as to widely disseminate and share our knowledge with people around the world.

On November 28, 2023, in response to the request of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan, we accepted a delegation of government officials from six South American countries (Argentina, Uruguay, Ecuador, Paraguay, Bolivia, and Chile) involved in disaster prevention and risk management who were visiting Japan. The delegation exchanged views on the realization of the "Early Warning System" promoted by the United Nations (UN) to protect lives and property around the globe by communicating risks of disasters in advance.

Weathernews communicated the importance of a framework for cooperation and growth between the public and private sectors, as well as the division of roles between the public and private sectors in the weather industry, which has been honed and developed in Japan. The tour also introduced the company's navigation weather service, which has grown in line with the company's founding spirit of "helping people in times of need." Other services were also introduced, including those for public transportation infrastructure such as airlines, railroads, and roads; services to support industries such as the environment and sports, and mobile Internet services that provide weather forecasts 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, created together with "supporters" (app users) by visiting the actual sites where these services are operated.
Experiences in disaster prevention and mitigation gained through these projects were touched, as well as the importance of building relationships of trust and cooperation with governments and international organizations in Asia and around the world.

The participants were amazed at the high quality of weather and climate information and services that have been developed in Japan to meet the needs of a wide range of markets. They also commented that much was learned about the importance of dialogue and clarification of the division of roles between the public and private sectors. They remarked that they would like to consider how this can be applied to disaster management in their own countries and continue discussion on this topic.
Weathernews will continue to contribute to the improvement of disaster preparedness and the realization of early warning systems around the world, transcending national boundaries, leveraging the experience, technology, and networks gained through our weather service business.

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