License and permission requirements

Licensing of drone operators in Japan

Currently,  a license is not required  to fly drones in Japan.  However, permission is required to fly in residential areas or areas surrounding an airport.

The Japan Times reports that the government plans to introduce licensing for high-spec. drones that emit strong radio waves.  It also reports that the government is considering  a system to register those who purchase drones.

Industry group issues safe-use guidelines to fly drones

The Japan Times reports (August 5, 2015) that an industry group  Juida )has  called on users to obtain an operator’s license to be introduced voluntarily by the association.


The law and news on drones and UAVs in Japan