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Japan outlaw using drones while drunk

Japan has outlawed flying drones will drunk.

New legislation was passed by the country's parliament this week which means operating one of the unmanned aerial vehicles while intoxicated could lead to a year in prison, as well as a fine of up to 300,000 yen (£2,200).

Under the law, drones weighing over 200g (7oz) will be impacted, while there are further limits on where they can be flown.

There is a ban on flying the vehicles within 300m (985ft) of the national' armed forces, as well as US military personall and "defence-related facilities" without getting prior permission.

There was already an earlier ban on approaching unclear power plants, along with parliament building and the prime minister's office.

As well as drunken use, the legislation also means anyone performing dangerous stunts - such as quickly flying the craft towards crowds of people - could be fined up to 500,000 yen.

Operating a drone doesn't require a licence in Japan, but there is a series of regulations which must be followed, including only flying in daylight, avoiding airports and heights of over 150m, and keeping the drone in sight at all times.

However, the rules add: "Requirements stated in 'Airspace in which Flights are Prohibited' and 'Operational Limitations' are not applied to flights for search and rescue operations by public organiations in case of accidents and disasters."

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