[4th Asia-Pacific Water Summit (APWS)]

- Official Side Event "Space Technologies for addressing Water Issues"-
Supported by
Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology
Date and Time
23 April, 2022 17:10-18:40 (Japan local time)
Kumamoto-Jo Hall and Online
Official Language for the Summit: Japanese and English


JAXA will organize an official side event at the 4th Asia-Pacific Water Summit (APWS) to be held in Kumamoto, Japan in April 2022.

The Asia-Pacific region is vulnerable to climate change, particularly water-related disasters. In mitigating damage from water-related disasters, the challenge is to improve forecasting capabilities, from short-term weather forecasts to long-term climate change projection, in addition to understanding the situation on the ground through timely observations.

In this side event, experts from various countries will be invited to discuss issues related to water-related disasters and challenges in agriculture.




The information will be sent to registered participants. Please register from the following application site.



Pre-registration is required. Please register the event at the Official Side Event Application Site of the 4th APWS official website.

On-site [Application deadline: 8 April, 2022]



 Moderator: Mr. Koji Terada, Director General, Space Technology Directorate Ⅰ, JAXA, Japan

Opening remarks Mr. HAYASHI Takahiro, Deputy Director-General,
Research and Development Bureau, Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT), Japan
Keynote address U.S. Ambassador to Japan (invited)
  Ambassador Rahm Emanuel (Video message)
  Mr. John C. Taylor, Principal Officer at the U.S. Consulate in Fukuoka, Japan (invited talk)
(10 minutes)
Session 1: Overview of space technologies
JAXA Satellite Missions Addressing Water Issues
  by Dr. Hiroshi Yamakawa, President, JAXA, Japan
(10 minutes)
NASA Satellite Overview
  by Dr. Karen St. German, Director, Earth Science Division, NASA, U.S.
(10 minutes, video presentation)
Session 2: Panel discussion, "Addressing for Resolution of Water Issues by use of Earth Observation Data" (50 minutes)
Moderator: Dr. Riko Oki, Director of Earth Observation Research Center, JAXA, Japan
Panelists: Mr. Keitaro Kimura, Director for Statistics Planning, Statistics Planning Division, Minister’s Office, Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Japan
Dr. Mohamed Rasmy, Senior Researcher, International Centre for Water Hazard and Risk Management under the auspices of UNESCO
Ms. Neeta Pokhrel, Chief of Water Sector Group, Sustainable Development and Climate Change Department, Asian Development Bank (ADB)
Mr. Socrates F. Paat, Jr., Assistant Weather Services Chief, Hydro-Meteorology Division, Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), Philippines (online)
Mr. Stephen Meke, Acting Principal Scientific Officer, National Weather Forecasting Centre and RSMC Nadi, Fiji Meteorological Service, Fiji (online)
Closing remarks Mr. Koji Terada, Director General, Space Technology Directorate Ⅰ, JAXA, Japan