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RESTEC e-news #006 (Nov,2014)

In This Issue
  1. Start of Data Distribution for “DAICHI-2″(ALOS-2)
  2. Announcement of Price Revision and Acceptance of Orders of ALOS Data
  3. Announcement for ALOS AVNIR-2 and PALSAR Data Distribution
  4. JAXA/EORC Releases a Tool Package to Analyze PALSAR and PALSAR-2 Data
  5. A Summary on SAKURA Science Program by RESTEC
  6. Comments from the Participants of SAKURA Science Program
  7. Message from Coordinator

1. Start of Data Distribution for "DAICHI-2"(ALOS-2)

RESTEC started data distribution of Advanced Land Observing Satellite-2 “DAICHI-2” (ALOS-2) and the Advanced Land Observing Satellite “DAICHI” (ALOS/PRISM) in effect from 25 November 2014. Also, RESTEC distribute ALOS/AVNIR-2 and ALOS/PALSAR data under the contract with JAXA.

For more information
https://www.restec.or.jp/en/notice/4948

2. Announcement of Price Revision and Acceptance of Orders of ALOS Data

RESTEC made announcement of ALOS data price revision and termination of sales right as a primary distributor, effective November 24th, 2014.

For more information
https://www.restec.or.jp/en/notice/10

3. Announcement for ALOS AVNIR-2 and PALSAR Data Distribution

ALOS AVNIR-2 and PALSAR data for commercial distribution was terminated on November 24th, 2014. From 25th on November 2014, RESTEC under the contract with JAXA is engaged in data distribution at the marginal cost of AVNIR-2 and PALSAR data.

For more information
https://www.restec.or.jp/en/notice/391

4. JAXA/EORC Releases a Tool Package to Analyze PALSAR and PALSAR-2 Data

Earth Observation Research Center (EORC) of Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) released a simple tool package called “Let’s SAR” to analyze SAR data. Forest classification, change detection, and other major applications can be done by “Let’s SAR”.
The tool package can be downloaded free of charge at
http://www.eorc.jaxa.jp/ALOS-2/en/doc/pal2_tool.htm

5. A Summary on SAKURA Science Program by RESTEC

It was a challenge for Remote Sensing Technology Center of Japan(RESTEC) to have joined the SAKURA SCIENCE PROGRAM. The program was created anew this year by the Government of Japan with a purpose to enhance understanding about Japan and its Science and Technology among the youth in Asia.

Read more at
https://www.restec.or.jp/en/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/006_5_A_Summary_SAKURA_Science_Program.pdf

See also the following post for more information
https://www.restec.or.jp/en/notice/11

6. Comments from the Participants of SAKURA Science Program

This training is very helpful for me, and I will apply knowledge I learned in this course in my future work. I think, Sakura Program is an very useful program, not only in enhanced understanding between Japan and Asia countries, but also provide participants better knowledge about technology, which can be applied to daily work.

Read more at
https://www.restec.or.jp/en/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/006_6_Impressions_and_comments_form_participants_SAKURA_Science.pdf

7. Message from Coordinator

Column 5. A South American Will Not Keep His/her Money Overnight? (1990 Advanced)
When we had a participant from South America in a training, s/he could bring atmospheres differed from the ones “Asians only” participants did.
A female participant from Brazil with a typical South American temperament and generous-hearted sprit had a large effect on her course mates. With the gift of presence, for example, being tall, the long name and also a deep voice, the lady was highly visible wherever she was.
In a study tour to Toba-city, she wore a red jacket and simply shouted “SASHIMI” (Row fish in Japanese) at a clerk in the supermarket and got hold of what she wanted successfully. In addition, she never failed to stop by at a cafe if she found ten minutes in her itinerary.
She did not mind spending money for eating out and shopping; she bought a pair of pearl earring as a souvenir for herself, etc. She even declared, “I had spent all the travel expenses paid by JICA”. Though I worried about the unsettled bill for accommodation fee in Tokyo, she looked cool and said that it was OK because her husband would take care of it. He was visiting Japan to accompany his wife on their return trip.
She also told me that she had a Master Card as a last resort, but it was a credit card valid only in Brazil without knowing it at all!!

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