Japan: Japan plans to introduce new air traffic control rules. This is being done to prepare for the introduction of unmanned aircrafts.
The current aviation law does not cover rules for UAVs. The Defense Ministry plans to introduce UAVs for surveillance activities. It wants to deploy Global Hawk unmanned high-altitude reconnaissance aircraft (used by the US military) to deal with territorial issues including a prolonged row with China over the Japan-controlled Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea. Therefore, officials of the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism have been asked to study air traffic norms in other countries. Japan plans to introduce the new rules in April 2014.