Japan Lower House passes bill restricting drone flights
July 9, 2015
The Japan Times reported that Japan’s Lower House passed a bill on July 9 to ban drones near the prime minister’s office and other facilities.
It was sent to the House of Councilors and is expected to be enacted during the current Diet session, which has been extended to Sept. 27.
The facilities designated include the Imperial Palace, the Prime Minister’s Office, the Supreme Court and nuclear power plants.
Flying drones near these facilities would be prohibited if the bill is enacted. Violators would face imprisonment of up to one year or a fine of up to ¥500,000 (around $4100).
The government is considering submitting a separate bill to revise the aviation law to prohibit drone flights near airports and densely populated areas.
It was also reported in rt.com that according to the transport ministry’s initial draft, using drones without special permission from the ministry would be banned over areas with a population density of 4,000 people per square kilometer or more. It would be also prohibited to use drones near mass public events such as festivals and exhibitions.
Drone flights over other territories would be possible at daylight hours.