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New law in Japan makes it illegal to fly drones under the influence of alcohol

O government of japan sanctioned a new law that probes riders under the influence of alcohol to control drones with over 200g. Anyone who violates the new determination may be arrested for up to one year and fines of up to 300,000 (R $ 10,685). Little drones like the DJI Spark and Parrot Anafi are heavy enough to fit the law.


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The new legislation, which was passed by the Japanese parliament, covers more actions than just drunk drones. It also states that anyone who practices dangerous drone maneuvers can be fined up to 500,000 (R $ 17,808). This includes risky attitudes such as making an unmanned aircraft fly quickly toward a public.

To top it off, the law even determines where these drones can be piloted. Unmanned aerial systems are banned from flying within 300m of the Japanese Armed Forces, US military, and unauthorized defense facilities.

Prior to this new legislation, drones could no longer fly near Japanese nuclear power plants, parliament buildings and the Prime Minister's office. Other places where such aircraft cannot be flown include stadiums and other facilities built for the 2020 Olympics.

It is not necessary to have a license to fly a drone in Japan, but I need to follow rules such as not exceeding 150m altitude and avoiding airports.

We believe that operating drones after consuming alcohol is as serious as driving drunk.– Minister of Transport of Japan in AFP news agency interview

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