New legislation, due to be introduced in 2022 by the Japanese government, is due to create an online drone registration system to fly commercial drones in populated areas – significantly reducing the paperwork currently needed. The drone register is designed to support expansion of commercial drone operations such as online deliveries, and enable drone operators to be traced according to Nikkei Asian Review. To register, an applicant would enter the name of the owner, the user, and the ID number assigned to the drone upon purchase. The government is also planning safety requirements and certification of drone operators. In addition to the online delivery market, Japanese drone operators are keen to expand package deliveries. Test flights have been carried out to remote islands by the Seiyu supermarket chain and Rakuten, while Japan Post Holdings is looking at drone deliveries to mountainous regions.
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