US asks Japan to ban personal drone flights over American bases

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The U.S. military has asked the Japanese government to ban people from flying personal drones over American military bases. DAVID MCNALLY/U.S. ARMY
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The U.S. military has asked the Japanese government to ban people from flying personal drones over American military bases. DAVID MCNALLY/U.S. ARMY

US asks Japan to ban personal drone flights over American bases

by: Seth Robson | .
Stars and Stripes | .
published: December 28, 2017

YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan — The U.S. military has asked the Japanese government to stop people from buzzing its military bases with remote-controlled aircraft that may pose safety and security risks.

Adm. Harry Harris, head of U.S Pacific Command, asked for action on the drone flights during a meeting with Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera in November, the Asahi newspaper reported Wednesday.

Small, remotely piloted aircraft that have been operated by individuals over Camp Schwab — a Marine Corps facility on Okinawa — pose a security and safety hazard, said Air Force Col. John Hutcheson, a U.S. Forces Japan spokesman.

“I wouldn’t say it’s happening every day but it’s frequent enough to be a significant concern,” he said. “Oftentimes we can see the people flying [drones] but they are off the grounds of the installation.”

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