Did you know…OpenRelief is active in Japan?

Taichi Furuhashi, Vice-President at OpenStreetMap Foundation Japan and owner of the MAPconcierge company is coordinating our outreach.

This week he will be at the 29th International Symposium on Space Technology and Science to discuss OpenRelief with Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) representatives during the innovation session. He will be speaking on the Learning Innovation Creation Mechanisms in Space Activities panel.

Meanwhile in Ishinomaki city, Miyagi prefecture (inside the Tohoku tsunami disaster area), the local community has approved flights for mapping purposes. Taichi will be working in conjunction with volunteers from OpenStreetMap Japan and Tokyo University to deploy the original OpenRelief RC airframe over the city. Later in the year we also hope to send the Open Source Airframe to help with long-distance work.

Finally, I thought it might be interesting to share some of Taichi’s slides in Japanese. They give a preview of his mapping work using drones in Japan, and a peak into the future of OpenRelief x OpenStreetMap Japan:

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