Japan Lower House OKs Tighter Rules on Drone Flight Areas

Politics

Tokyo, April 16 (Jiji Press)--Japan's House of Representatives passed a bill on Tuesday to prohibit drone flights over defense-related institutions and their surrounding areas as part of measures against terrorism.

Such facilities include bases of Japan's Self-Defense Forces and the U.S. military in the country.

The bill to revise the law regulating drone flights was approved at a plenary meeting of the lower chamber of parliament by a majority vote, with support mainly from the ruling coalition of the Liberal Democratic Party and Komeito. The bill, which was sent to the House of Councillors, the upper chamber, is expected to be enacted during the ongoing parliamentary session through June.

The current law bans drone flights over the Imperial Palace, the prime minister's office, foreign diplomatic establishments in Japan and nuclear power facilities, among other facilities.

The revised law will include bans on drone flights over competition venues during this year's Rugby World Cup in Japan in September and the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics.

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