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Diet enacts law banning drone flights over U.S. bases

  • May 18, 2019
  • , Yomiuri, Nikkei, Sankei
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Saturday morning’s Yomiuri, Nikkei, and Sankei wrote that legislation severely restricting drone flights over U.S. military and SDF facilities and venues for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and the 2019 Rugby World Cup was enacted on Friday, explaining that the legislation is an amendment to the existing law that bans drone flights over key facilities such as the Kantei and the Imperial Palace due to terrorism concerns. The paper wrote that in response to concerns expressed by opposition parties and media outlets that the amendment could infringe on the people’s right to know and disrupt news-gathering activities, Diet panels discussing the legislation adopted a supplementary resolution requesting the government ensure press freedom and the people’s right to know.

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