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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.