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Aug 27, 2015

Lower House OKs bill to ban drone flights over crowded areas

The Lower House unanimously approved a bill on Thursday to ban drones from flying over crowded residential areas and airports, as well as the use of unmanned aircraft at night without the government’s permission. The bill to revise the Civil Aeronautics Law is aimed ...

Aug 27, 2015

System eyed to direct planes for landing after major earthquakes

A transport ministry panel decided Wednesday to develop a system to automatically select airports where planes in flight will be allowed to make emergency landings if their original destinations inaccessible due to an earthquake. The system will go into operation in April 2016, according ...

Aug 27, 2015

National lawyers' group joins opposition to security bills

Japan’s national bar association has thrown its weight behind the growing opposition to security bills that could pave the way for the Self-Defense Forces to engage in combat for the first time since World War II. Hundreds of demonstrators, including members of the 36,000-strong ...

Regional governments vie to host pre-2020 Games training camps

Aug 27, 2015

Regional governments vie to host pre-2020 Games training camps

The 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games are not all about Tokyo. Regional governments across Japan are campaigning to host camps for athletes from participating countries, with one highlighting a wide variety of seasonal foods and another playing up its sports facilities. Their hope is ...