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RESTEC e-news #008 (Jan,2015)

In This Issue
  1. Remote Sensing Training Workshop in Kinshasa, DRC
  2. ALOS World 3D Topographic Data (AW3D) update
  3. JAXA to Hold a Training Course for PALSAR Data Analysis in Hokkaido
  4. Photos with your colleagues
  5. Message from Coordinator

1. Remote Sensing Training Workshop in Kinshasa, DRC

The training workshop co-hosted by the Japanese government and the government of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has just begun on 28 January, inviting 35 trainees from 8 southern African countries. Japanese Ambassdor to DRC and a vice prime minister of DRC made their opening remarks at the opening session.

RESTEC has sent 2 lecturers and 1 support staff to the workshop.

For inquiries, contact

2. ALOS World 3D Topographic Data (AW3D) update

The availability of very high accurate Digital Elevation Model called “AW3D” is updated. Southeast and East Asia are fully covered as well as 2/3 of African continent. AW3D is made from ALOS-1 archived data for the past 5 years with its 5 meter resolution. Whole globe will be covered by the end of March 2016.

You can check the availability of AW3D at

For inquiries, contact

3. JAXA to Hold a Training Course for PALSAR Data Analysis in Hokkaido

Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) / Earth Observation Research Center (EORC) will hold a free training course on PALSAR data analysis on 25th and 26th March 2015 in Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan. The agenda is already availabe on the web.

For more information and application, visit

4. Photos with your colleagues

This photo was taken in 2010 when we visited JAXA.
This photo was taken after we had explanation of ALOS it was very happy moment for all of Restec’s training. We never forget that moment.Thank you JICA for everything

From Erwinda Diansari(Indonesia)

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Do you have any photos shoot (at a meeting or a conference, etc., for example) with your colleagues of JICA or RESTEC training? We would be happy if you could share it with us! Your photo may be featured in RESTEC e-news.
Please send the photo along with a short comment and a description, such as shooting time, location and who where there in it with you, etc.

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5. Message from Coordinator

Column 7. Woman, Wife, Mother (1992)
I believe that “The International Women’s Year of 1975” gave us a chance to have a broad outlook on our lives on “a woman and a development” issues,” confirmed equality, development, peace (1976~1985) followed by ten years’ of the international woman, and its goal was kept until 2000.
Though it has been more than 30 years since 1980 that the first female participant joined the training of the remote sensing technology, 24 out of 176 participants was female, it was only 14%. However, female participants do play their important roles as women in terms of economy as well as social development in the developing countries, magnificently.
The trainee from Brunei decided to leave her 7-month-old with a Philippine baby-sitter at home not to miss a chance to take part in the training held in Japan.
Naturally, She needed to make international calls after the training every day from JICA TIC, where she was staying to see if the child was doing fine. In addition, whenever she was she never spared to find the few pay phones connected with international line in the rural areas for example, Tsukuba Research Center, etc. as far as it is very painful even if I look at the side.
Showing many used telephone cards to me, she said that this was my collection.
These days many mothers put their children in the nursery homes in their countries to join the trainings, but, in, it was not common at all in those days.

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