Prohibited Airspace for Small Drones
Prohibition of Flying Unmanned Aerial Vehicles Act
The following act applies to drones with a total weight of 100g or less.
Small drones must not be flown within 300m of the Prime Minister’s office, government buildings, and areas surrounding nuclear power plants. UAVs that fall under the Act on the Prohibition of Flying Small Drones are as follows:
- Airplanes, airships, and other aviation equipment that cannot carry a human onboard
- Balloons with control systems
- Hang gliders
Areas defined under the Prohibition of Flying Unmanned Aerial Vehicles Act
Important facilities of the national government:
- Parliament Buildings, Prime Minister’s Office, Supreme Court, Imperial Palace etc
Government Administrative Buildings
- Foreign diplomatic missions,
- Defense related facilities
- Nuclear power plantsx
- Tournament venues
Is flying small drones completely banned under the Act?
In general, flying small drones within 300m of the facilities mentioned is banned under the Act. However, there are cases where the prohibition of drones does not apply, including:
- Those who have gained consent from the target facility
- Those who fly drones to carry out work under the national government
- Those who own the land and have informed the target facility in advance
Penalties for violating the Prohibition of Flying Unmanned Aerial Vehicles Act
You will be sentenced for up to one year in prison, or pay a fine up to Y500,000. The National Police Agency have jurisdiction over small drones and will heavily penalize those who violate the Small Drone Act.