As in other countries, Japanese authorities have become increasingly wary of the potential threat posed by drones. Photo: Bloomberg

Drone laws: Japan prepares to ban flying unmanned aerial vehicles under the influence of alcohol

  • While drone accidents in Japan have so far not been caused by drunk operators, authorities want to pre-empt a situation that happened in the US, when a ‘drunk person landed a drone on the grounds of the White House’
  • If new laws are passed, those who drink and drone could be jailed for up to a year
Topic |   Drones

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As in other countries, Japanese authorities have become increasingly wary of the potential threat posed by drones. Photo: Bloomberg
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Julian Ryall

Julian Ryall

Julian Ryall never expected to still be in Japan 24 years after he first arrived, but he quickly realised its advantages over his native London. He lives in Yokohama with his wife and children and writes for publications around the world.