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Japan Bans Drones Over Olympic and Military Sites


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Fri, 17 May 2019 14:56 GMT

On May 17th Japan passed laws to ban drones being flown over the Tokyo 2020 Olympic sites and US military facilities as a measure aimed at preventing terror attacks.

Under the new legislation, drone flights will be restricted over the Olympic sites as well as venues for the Rugby World Cup that kicks off this September, AFP has reported. Drones will also be banned over Japan Self-Defence Forces' facilities. Current law already bans the flying of drones over key facilities such as the Prime Minister's Office and the Imperial Palace. Flying drones in densely populated areas is also forbidden but a foreign tourist received a warning from police last week after he flew one over the famous "scramble" crossing at Shibuya. Several people told police they had seen a drone-like object near the Imperial Palace ahead of the new emperor's first public appearance.

A broader public discussion about drones was prompted after a Japanese man was arrested in 2015 for landing a drone containing a bottle of radioactive sand from Fukushima on the roof of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's office. Traces of radiation were detected but were reportedly too low to be a risk to human health.