Japan's first drone document delivery operation launched in Fukushima amid labor shortage
Japan Times -- Nov 08
Japan Post Co. on Wednesday began transporting documents by drone in Fukushima Prefecture, the first operation of its kind in Japan, following easing of regulations to cope with labor shortages in the transport industry.

The company said it will initially use drones to carry its own documents and advertisements between two post offices in the northeastern prefecture to examine whether the unmanned aircraft can be used to carry mail. In the future, it hopes to use drones for deliveries to mountainous regions and remote islands.

It launched the operation after the government eased related regulations in September.

Prior to easing restrictions, an operator was required to keep the drone in view. But the new regulations allow for longer flights if safety can be ensured remotely through measures such as equipping the drone with a camera.

全国で初めて福島県の南相馬市と浪江町の間で郵便物を運ぶドローンの運用が始まりました。 7日午前9時すぎ、南相馬市小高区の郵便局の屋上で郵便物を運ぶ全国で初めてのドローンが飛び立ちました。ドローンは、直線距離で8キロほど離れた浪江町の郵便局まで約16分かけて飛行しました。
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