Aug 28, 2015

NPA seeks funds to jam, capture drones

The National Police Agency plans to procure equipment to prevent drones from intruding into key facilities, including devices to send jamming signals and nets to capture unmanned aircraft, sources said Thursday. The NPA has included some ¥400 million in its budget request for fiscal ...

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 ...

Sony to offer commercial drone services from 2016

Aug 24, 2015

Sony to offer commercial drone services from 2016

Sony Corp. plans to offer commercial drone services targeting the construction, logistics and agriculture industries from the first half of next year. The company is making drones that can fly over a predetermined geographical area and take high definition footage that will be uploaded ...

Aug 5, 2015

Industry group issues safe-use guidelines to fly drones

A group of companies and research institutions in Japan announced guidelines for the safe use of drones at a symposium held in Tokyo on Tuesday. The first-ever safety guidelines for the unmanned aerial systems in the country, compiled by the Japan UAS Industrial Development ...

Aug 3, 2015

China set to tighten export controls on some drones, computers

China is tightening controls on exports of some drones and powerful computers and will require firms to register to ensure they do not “compromise national security,” state media reported Sunday. Starting Aug. 15, manufacturers of certain powerful drones and computers will have to give ...

Jul 25, 2015

Regulate drones but not too much

The government is making welcome moves to regulate the operation of drones, but authorities must take care not to stifle the burgeoning technology.

Drone disappears during windy test flight at Defense Ministry

Jul 22, 2015

Drone disappears during windy test flight at Defense Ministry

A commercial drone being test-flown at the Defense Ministry’s premises in central Tokyo went missing amid strong winds Wednesday but was apparently found and recovered hours later, the ministry said. The drone disappeared when members of the Self-Defense Forces and others were testing it ...