The Japanese Global Positioning System Targeting Asian Markets

Japan’s GPS: A Game Changer for Asia


The Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry (METI) has ambitious plans to export its advanced Global Positioning System (GPS) technology to various countries in Asia and Oceania. This initiative aims to enhance transportation infrastructure, attract foreign investment, and improve disaster management ce in these regions.


Superior Accuracy and Technological Edge

Japan’s GPS system boasts an accuracy ten times greater than the standard GPS systems used in 2015. This enhanced precision is achieved through the unique satellite orbits that run over Japan, Southeast Asia, and Oceania, as opposed to the equatorial orbits of the U.S. GPS satellites. This strategic positioning allows for more accurate measurements and data collection in these regions.

Applications and Benefits

Disaster Management

In the wake of Thailand’s devastating floods in 2011, the country has been keen on adopting Japan’s GPS technology for better disaster prevention and mitigation. The system’s high precision allows for real-time monitoring of rivers, dams, and water levels, providing crucial data for timely interventions.

Transportation and Infrastructure

Japan’s GPS technology is also making strides in various sectors:

  • Agriculture: The system has shown promise in the automation of agricultural machinery, which can be extended to Australia’s mining machinery.
  • Automated Toll Collection: Singapore and Malaysia are exploring the use of this technology for automated highway toll collection systems.
  • Railway Efficiency: South Korea aims to improve the efficiency of its railway operations using Japan’s GPS.

Civil Engineering

Countries like Myanmar, with underdeveloped