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GOJ considering revising laws to ban drone flights over U.S. bases

  • December 28, 2017
  • , Okinawa Times, Ryukyu Shimpo
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Ryukyu Shimpo claimed in its top story that the GOJ is conducting a review of existing laws so as to prohibit drone flights over U.S. military facilities in Japan apparently in response to a request for such a regulation made by PACOM Commander Harris to Defense Minister Onodera on Nov. 16. The U.S. admiral reportedly made the request out of concern that the operation of drones over Camp Schwab by media outlets and other entities may disrupt the flight profiles of helicopters departing from and arriving at the installation. The U.S. military is also worried that terrorists could use drones to strike its bases. An unnamed senior MOD official was quoted as saying: “The Japanese government is responsible for ensuring the U.S. military’s safety. We have to look into what is necessary.”    

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