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Japan adds 15 U.S. military sites to list of no-fly zones for drones

  • August 7, 2021
  • , Asahi, Yomiuri, Sankei
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Saturday’s Yomiuri, Asahi, and Sankei wrote that the Ministry of Defense announced on Friday that based on a revised law, it has designated an additional 15 U.S. military facilities and sites as well as 35 SDF facilities as areas where flights by drones will be prohibited in principle. The facilities include the Henoko Ordnance Ammunition Depot and White Beach Naval Facility in Okinawa, Yokohama North Dock, and the SDF Nerima Camp in Tokyo. The restrictions will be implemented on Sept. 5 for the U.S. facilities and Sept. 16 for the SDF sites following a notification period. Under the regulations, drone operators will be required to obtain the consent of the designated facilities to fly drones within 300 meters of the boundaries of the designated sites.

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