August 31, 2017 10:00 am JST

First-ever private weather satellite has its eye on the Arctic

Weathernews aims for better ice forecasts for shipping -- and much more

YUKI KESHIBA, Nikkei staff writer

President Chihito Kusabiraki, front, and Weathernews employees at company headquarters in Chiba Prefecture celebrate the launch of their microsatellite on July 14.

TOKYO Launching its own microsatellite has not only made Weathernews the first weather company to have its own satellite, it has also opened up new horizons for the world's largest provider of ocean weather data.