Diet enacts law to restrict drone flights

Japan’s Diet has enacted a law to severely restrict the use of drones over facilities of the US military and the Self-Defense Forces.

The legislation, which aims to prevent terror attacks using drones, was passed by a majority vote in the Upper House on Friday.

The prime minister’s office and nuclear power plants have already been designated as no-fly zones.

The new law also effectively bans the flying of drones around airports and competition venues during the Rugby World Cup later this year and the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Police will be allowed to confiscate drones that enter restricted zones.

The Upper and Lower House panels that deliberated the legislation adopted a supplementary resolution. This requests the government to avoid excessive restrictions to ensure press freedom and the public’s right to know.

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