Japan Post to Start Test Deliveries Using Drone in Fukushima

Economy

Tokyo, Oct. 26 (Jiji Press)--Japan Post Co. said Friday that it will start test deliveries using a drone between post offices in the northeastern prefecture of Fukushima.

The transport ministry approved the same day an application by the company for flying a drone without an operator watching the airborne device or an assistant who monitors its movements.

In past test flights, operators flew drones with assistants checking the movements of the devices by eye. This time, flights will be conducted without such an assistant for the first time.

The mail delivery arm of Japan Post Holdings Co. <6178> is expected to start its test flights in early November.

"It's a big step toward realizing delivery services using cutting-edge technologies," Masatsugu Nagato, president of the parent company, told a press conference.

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