Japan Seeks to Open Up Commercial Drone Usage with Easier Flights over People


Japan’s relationship with drones has been mixed over the years – but as of 2022, the Japanese government announced, a streamlined registry system will open Japan’s city skies to drones.

In 2015, a man flying a commercially available quadcopter deposited a small amount of radioactive material on the roof of the Prime Minister’s residence as an act of protest, prompting a swift and serious limitation of drones in Japan’s cities.  Drones are strictly prohibited from flying in urban areas without a permit: receiving a permit is a paperwork intensive process which involves stating the purpose and dates planned flights.  (Japan also, interesting, explicity prohibits “drink…

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