Tokyo Metropolitan Government bans usage of drones in parks and gardens

Tokyo Metropolitan Government bans usage of drones in parks and gardens

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Officials in Tokyo have said that the Tokyo Metropolitan Government has banned the use of drones in 81 parks and gardens in the city on May 12, 2015. The drones are small aircraft like devices which are operated with remote controls in gardens and parks.

The recent measure has been taken after a drone was found on the roof of the Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s official residence in April 2015. The Metropolitan government has opined that the drones pose a threat to the people in the garden and park. If the new measure or ordinance is violated it can result in a fine of 50,000 yen.

Officials added that the violators will not be arrested. The gardens and parks have signs posted and if the staff of the parks notice anyone operating a drone, they would initially ask them to drop it immediately. On the other hand the ruling Liberal Democratic Party and it is drafting a legislation that will ban the flying drones near the imperial palace., Supreme Court, the Diet, the prime minister’s office, foreign embassies and other facilities.

The draft bill says that the air space within 300 meters of such buildings will be considered as a no-fly zone. Offenders will have to face a jail term of up to one year or a fine of maximum 500,000 yen.

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