Japan Bans Drone Flights over G-20 Venues

Politics

Tokyo, June 24 (Jiji Press)--In preparation for the two-day Group of 20 summit in the western city of Osaka from Friday, the Japanese government has banned drone flights over 26 facilities and surrounding areas.

The move is aimed at preventing possible terrorist attacks by putting the city on heightened alert, an effort to make a success of the G-20 summit Japan will host for the first time.

The ban, based on the drone regulation law, will be in place for four days from Thursday.

Among the areas to be covered by the ban are the Intex Osaka convention center, the main venue for the G-20 summit, in Suminoe Ward, the Osaka Geihinkan guest house in Chuo Ward, which will be used for dinner for the G-20 leaders, hotels where the leaders are scheduled to stay, Kansai International Airport in the city of Izumisano and Osaka International Airport in the city of Toyonaka.

Officials from 37 nations and organizations will take part in the G-20 summit, making it the largest international conference hosted by Japan.

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