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Japan to finalize strategy for drones

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Japan is on the verges of finalizing its plans for drone package deliver. The “Japan Revitalization Strategy 2017” lists five areas for growth, which also cover drone services.

Japan: Japan is on the verges of finalizing its plans for drone package deliver. The goal is to have drones delivering packages in Japan by 2020 followed self-driving trucks in 2022. The move to drones and autonomous vehicles is urgent for Japan, because its workforce has shrunk dramatically enough to force companies to start scaling back operations.

The “Japan Revitalization Strategy 2017” lists five areas for growth, which also cover drone services. The Japan Revitalization Strategy was first presented following the inauguration of the administration of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in December 2012. The 2017 outline is the strategy’s fourth edition. The pillar of the “transportation revolution” will be promotion of self-driving vehicles and drones to alleviate a serious shortage of workers in the logistics sector.

Furthermore, drone parcel deliveries to remote islands and mountain regions will begin in 2018, and the government will bring in a full-scale drone-based delivery system in cities in the 2020s.

Current legislation does not take into account drones, fintech and other new technology, so measures to relax regulations will enter the spotlight. The government will also therefore introduce a Japan-style “regulatory sandbox” to temporarily suspend regulations and allow companies to more easily test ground-breaking technology.