Drone joins four Chinese ships in latest Senkaku intrusion

May 18, 2017

Drone joins four Chinese ships in latest Senkaku intrusion

Four China Coast Guard vessels entered Japanese waters around the Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea on Thursday morning, the Japan Coast Guard said, adding that what appeared to be a drone was seen flying above them. A high-ranking Foreign Ministry official lodged ...

Japanese archaeologists use lasers and drones to map out pyramids

May 10, 2017

Japanese archaeologists use lasers and drones to map out pyramids

Japanese researchers have gone high-tech in an effort to unravel the mysteries behind the construction of Egypt’s pyramids, mapping out the gigantic structures using advanced laser scanners and a drone. In March, in Abusir in the suburbs of Cairo, the group led by archaeologist ...

Oita Prefecture embarks on 'smart forestry' initiative

Apr 6, 2017

Oita Prefecture embarks on 'smart forestry' initiative

With forestry workers growing older, Oita Prefecture has embarked on a “smart forestry” initiative to reduce workloads, partly through the use of drones. Forests cover 72 percent of the prefecture, with most of them cultivated plantations. Despite the use of mechanization for cutting down ...

Tepco, Zenrin look to jointly develop safe routes for drones

Mar 30, 2017

Tepco, Zenrin look to jointly develop safe routes for drones

Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Inc. and map publisher Zenrin Co. will collaborate to develop safe flight routes for drones. Under the “drone highway” initiative, Tepco will offer information on its power grid network, such as locations of transmission towers, power poles and electric ...

Mar 14, 2017

Trump gives CIA authority to conduct drone strikes, report says

U.S. President Donald Trump has given the Central Intelligence Agency new authority to conduct drone attacks against suspected militants, the Wall Street Journal reported Monday, citing U.S. officials. The move would be a change from the policy of former President Barack Obama’s administration of ...