and the International Coordination Group for the Tsunami Warning System in the Pacific (ICG-ITSU) of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC)

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Located at the junction of two active tectonic plates, Japan experiences a strong seismic activity. Volcanic eruptions and earthquakes are often followed by terrible tidal waves (tsunamis). With a view to anticipating these disasters and minimizing their consequences, public authorities, research institutes and universities in Japan have for a long time carried out research on tsunamis.


Japan is a member of the International Coordination Group for the Tsunami Warning System in the Pacific, a subsidiary organ of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission. Since 1968, this Group recommends and coordinates research, prevention, information and scientific monitoring programmes. It supports the International Tsunami Information Centre (ITCC) and collaborates with other organisations in the field.


Japan, particularly through the activities of the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA), puts its scientific experience at the disposal of this programme: dissemination of scientific data, participation of Japanese experts…



Japan is also part of the Working Group on the Southwest Pacific and Indian Ocean Tsunami Warning System Working Group (SWPIO TWS), created in June 2004 by the IOC Executive Council.





Links :



IOC Website


International Tsunami Information Centre (ITIC)


ITIC Japan


Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC) also conducts research on tsunamis



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