Despite a spate of headlines showing drone users to be reckless attention-seekers or outright dangerous, the industry believes the sky is the limit for demand for unmanned copters.

Representatives attending Japan's first major industry exhibition Wednesday said they expect the market for unmanned multirotor aerial vehicles to soar in years ahead.

Participants at the International Drone Expo at Makuhari Messe, Chiba Prefecture, also said proper regulations are needed for both the industry and users. They welcome the fact that the government is now trying to develop rules for drone use.