Drones Banned from 81 Tokyo Parks

TokyoThe Tokyo metropolitan government has prohibited people from operating drones in all metropolitan parks, officials said. A total of 81 parks and gardens managed by the metropolitan government are subject to the ban, which also prohibits people from bringing drones into the parks.

The ban has been introduced in the wake of a high-profile incident in which an unidentified drone was found on the roof of the Prime Minister’s Office in Tokyo in late April.

In a notice sent on April 28 to park management offices, the metropolitan government said it will impose restrictions on the use of drones at such parks and gardens for the time being.

A Tokyo metropolitan park ordinance prohibits acts that would pose problems for park management.

The use of drones at parks is considered to violate the ordinance because it may pose a danger to park visitors, the officials said.

Although the ordinance allows for fines of up to ¥50,000 to be meted out to violators, the metropolitan government does not plan to impose such fines.

The government is considering regulating the use of drones above important facilities, such as the prime minister’s office, and introducing mandatory registration of drone buyers.

Photo: A sign at the Hibiya Park, Chiyoda Ward, Tokyo, that bans operating drones - The Yomiuri Shimbun

Source: Japan News

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