Ministry may fund antidisaster tech exports


The land and infrastructure ministry plans to work with companies, research institutions and universities to help boost exports of disaster-prevention technologies to developing countries, including in Southeast Asia.

Government sources said the ministry is thinking about starting a program next year to select and provide funding to entities that would develop systems and manuals for the technologies in recipient countries.

As international contributions by Japan, the planned exports through public-private partnerships would be aimed at raising recognition of Japanese firms in developing nations, and could help them win disaster prevention-related infrastructure orders in the future, the sources said.

The Public Works Research Institute, for example, has established technology to calculate rainfall quantities without ground-based radar. Instead, it uses cloud images taken by satellite. In this example, the ministry would choose organizations to help developing countries simulate flood damage based on the calculated rainfall, the sources said.