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World Accelerating Tomorrow Challenge (WATCH) Online Program

Application deadline: November 15, 2021 (18:00 JST)

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Now accepting applications for disaster relief / disaster prevention solutions!

Led by Sendai City, JETRO (Japan External Trade Organization), NTT DOCOMO, INC., and Tokio Marine & Nichido Fire Insurance Co., Ltd, “World Accelerating Tomorrow Challenge” (WATCH) is an online program to accelerate technology innovation in disaster relief and prevention-related solutions in the era of climate change.

Climate change will transform the way we live, causing water shortages and making it harder to produce food. Some regions could become dangerously hot and others uninhabitable because of rising sea levels. Extreme weather events that cause huge disasters - like heatwaves, downpours, hurricanes and storms - will become more frequent and intense, threatening lives and livelihoods.

Sendai City has been promoting social innovation in disaster prevention and disaster relief under the “Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030”, one of the world’s major agendas that is specified in the target of SDGs.

WATCH is seeking for innovative solutions from all over the world. Here we provide business matching opportunities with leading Japanese corporations and development resources for your proposals.

WATCH welcomes all global companies and startups that are interested in expanding disaster risk reduction business to the Japanese market and global market.

Please find further information about the program via and at the webinar held on October 21, 2021!


Application for this online program is possible until November 15, 2021 (18:00 JST) on the website mentioned above.


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