RESTEC e-news #005 (Oct,2014)
In This Issue
- JST’s “SAKURA” Program was successfully implemented by RESTEC
- Asian Development Bank Technical Assistance Project (Innovative Data Collection Methods for Agricultural and Rural Statistics in Southeast Asia)
- JAXA to Hold a Training Course on PALSAR Data Analysis in Kyoto
- Message from Coordinator
1. JST's "SAKURA" Program was successfully implemented by RESTEC
The “Japan-Asia Youth Exchange Program in Science (SAKURA Exchange Program in Science)” was successfully implemented by RESTEC from Oct. 20
to Oct. 29.
It is a program promoted by the Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST) to enhance exchanges between Asia and Japan of the youths who will play a crucial role in the field of science and technology in the future.
RESTEC provided a course program consists of lectures, practices, and facility tours regarding mainly remote sensing technology in collaboration with Tokyo Denki University.
10 participants from six different countries including Vietnam, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Myanmar, and Taiwan joined the program.
2. Asian Development Bank Technical Assistance Project (Innovative Data Collection Methods for Agricultural and Rural Statistics in Southeast Asia)
RESTEC is the contracted consultant firm in the Asian Development Bank (ADB) technical assistance project*1 (TA-8369 Innovative Data Collection Methods for Agricultural and Rural Statistics) that will utilize SAR and other remote sensing satellite data to estimate rice planted area and crop production under the Japan Fund for Poverty Reduction (JFPR). This is one of the cooperation projects for the application of the sophisticated satellite technology of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) for disaster management, climate change mitigation, and adaptation in the developing countries of Asia. The project is conducted based on the Letter of Intent (LOI) signed by JAXA and ADB in July 2010, and is the second largest initiative following the flood forecasting
initiative, which was launched earlier.
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3. JAXA to Hold a Training Course for PALSAR Data Analysis in Kyoto
Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) / Earth Observation Research Center (EORC) will hold a free training course on PALSAR data analysis on 4th and 5th November 2014 in Kyoto, Japan. Although the deadline has already passed, JAXA/EORC is STILL accepting applications.
For more information and application, visit
4. Message from Coordinator
Column 4. Appearances can be deceiving
“The TV star” had his fingers in two pies: one is in TV show, the other in remote sensing technologies. (1992, Advanced)
Nearly 200 trainees had completed RESTEC remote sensing training course since 1977. Among them, a trainee turned out to be the first professional entertainer. The Bangladeshi was so good at mimicking cry of animal, imitating person including JICA and RESTEC staffs, not to mention singing songs that made appearances in TV programs in his country.
Thanks to his excellent staging, all the participants in the farewell party laughed harder and enjoyed the gathering more than ever.
Still, I wonder how this serious-looking person with a pair of glasses managed to find the time for practicing his performances while working hard as an engineer at the LANDSAT/SPOT satellite receiving station.
Appearances can be deceiving! It is dangerous to judge a person by appearance isn’t it?
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