Fukushima disaster spurs Japan to mass-produce its own drones

Japan has been a nonentity in drones, but proposed rules could unlock new technologies

  • The Mini Surveyor, developed by a Chiba University spinoff, is the first mass-produced hexacopter drone in Japan. It will be used to help map radiation at the crippled Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear power plant.

  • Takao Ohminato (right) of the University of Tokyo's Earthquake Research Institute describes how Yamaha Motor's unmanned helicopter drone is used in volcano research Feb. 27 in Tokyo.

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