JMA disaster mitigation research officer Ryusuke Mine

Japan shows effective monitoring for natural hazards

The Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) monitors and predicts natural events like typhoons, earthquakes, volcanoes and climate change.

JMA, with 5,200 staff nationwide, also provides information for securing air traffic safety, development and prosperity of industry and international cooperation.

Pacific Island countries, including Papua New Guinea, can learn from Japan when preparing for disasters by also adapting an effective monitoring system.

Despite the disadvantage of not having advanced technology, PNG should start investing in this vital area.