Drone Deliveries To Start To Japanese Islet

Drone deliveries to start to Japanese islet

Japanese e-commerce giant Rakuten and supermarket chain Seiyu are starting a drone delivery service for summer visitors to an island off Yokosuka, near Tokyo.

The two companies on Monday held a ceremony to launch the service which begins operating next month on Sarushima.

Chinese Researcher Questioned Over Drone Flight

Chinese researcher questioned over drone flight

Tokyo police have questioned a Chinese researcher who flew a drone near Tokyo Station without authorization.

The researcher in his 50s from Beijing's transportation bureau allegedly violated Japan's civil aviation law.

Diet Enacts Law To Restrict Drone Flights

Diet enacts law to restrict drone flights

Japan's Diet has enacted a law to severely restrict the use of drones over facilities of the US military and the Self-Defense Forces.

The legislation, which aims to prevent terror attacks using drones, was passed by a majority vote in the Upper House on Friday.

Drone Sows Seeds On Landslide-damaged Mountain

Drone sows seeds on landslide-damaged mountain

Drones are being used to help restore vegetation to mountainous parts of western Japan where torrential rains caused 8,500 landslides last July.

Drone operators based in Tokyo and Hiroshima held a trial operation Tuesday on a mountainside in the city of Kure in Hiroshima Prefecture.

Japanese Police To Introduce Anti-drone Guns

Japanese police to introduce anti-drone guns

Japan's National Police Agency has decided to deploy a new type of equipment called a "drone jamming gun" to prevent possible terrorist attacks.

The device uses radio waves to block the control signal of an illegal drone. Other countries, including the United States, have already introduced the technology.

Japan Protests Planned Russian Drone Deployment

Japan protests planned Russian drone deployment

Japan has lodged a protest with Russia over a media report that Moscow plans to deploy a new type of surveillance drone in Japan's Northern Territories.

The Russian newspaper Izvestia reported on Monday that the country's military has decided to deploy Orlan-10 unmanned aerial vehicles to an artillery unit stationed on two of the four Russian-controlled islands.

Govt. To Expand Drone No-fly Zones

Govt. to expand drone no-fly zones

Japan's government has approved a bill that expands the areas where drones are prohibited from operation.

The Cabinet decided on Tuesday revisions to the law restricting the use of small unmanned aircraft.

Japan To Ban Drone Flights Over 2020 Games Venues

Japan to ban drone flights over 2020 Games venues

The Japanese government is set to ban flights of drones over and near the venues of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics to prevent accidents and acts of terrorism.

In the plan, drones flying in those areas without permission will be seized.

Lawson, Rakuten Begin Drone Delivery Trial In Fukushima

Lawson, Rakuten begin drone delivery trial in Fukushima

Convenience store chain Lawson Inc. and e-commerce giant Rakuten Inc. on Tuesday launched a drone delivery trial in the city of Minamisoma, Fukushima Prefecture, hit by the 2011 nuclear disaster.

The first such trial in the country, aimed at making shopping easier in an area with an aging population, will run for six months to explore the possibility of turning it into a commercial service.

Drone Used For Laser-based Measurement

Drone Used for Laser-based Measurement at Wind Power Plant Development Site

Terra Drone Corp announced July 19, 2017, that it has conducted measurement of a ground surface by using a drone equipped with a laser device for measurement at the planned construction site of a wind power plant in Hokkaido, Japan.

Terra Drone (Shibuya-ku, Tokyo), which deals with drones, etc, conducted the measurement in cooperation with Obayashi Corp. When a drone is used for laser-based measurement, it eliminates the need to cut trees, Terra Drone said.