Tokyo police launch drone squad

2015-12-10 19:30


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Tokyo - The Tokyo police launched a squad armed with interceptor drones bearing nets on Thursday, with a remit to act against suspicious drones.

The move is a first in Japan, which tightened drone regulations after one was found on the roof of the prime minister's office in April carrying a small amount of sand contaminated with radiation.

The interceptors, dangling a rectangular net and equipped with a camera, will only be deployed against suspicious drones after attempts to locate and warn their operators, Jiji press reported on Wednesday.

The latest regulations ban drone flights near airports, in densely populated areas and anywhere more than 150m off the ground. Violators face a fine of up to ¥500 000 (around $4 000).

A former air force member was charged in May over the drone at the premier's office. He said it was an act of protest against nuclear power.

The sand reportedly came from Fukushima prefecture, where a tsunami and earthquake in March 2011 cause meltdowns and explosions at a nuclear power plant, and widespread contamination.

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