Legislation or ordinances pending on operating drones in Japan
Government officials announced that they are planning to change current drone regulations to allow drones to transmit higher-resolution video from more remote locations. Legislators hope that the changes will support expansion of commercial drone applications.
the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications plans to change current restrictions on radio transmission as another step in Japan’s efforts to create a regulatory framework that balances safety and promotion of commercial interests.
Japan designates frequencies in the ranges of 5.7GHz and 2.4GHz for specific use by drones. While Japan currently caps radio signals controlling drones at 10-milliwats, which allows them to transmit images to a radius of about 300 meters, new legislation would increase the limit to 1 watt, allowing transmission of images to around 5 km. This will enable transmission of high-quality video for a variety of applications: such as construction and engineering.
The new rules could come into effect by the summer of 2016.
Legislators are also considering implementing regulations concerning the flight of drones outside of the pilot’s line of sight, something US legislators have lagged on, sending many companies to Japan to test new commercial drone applications.