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Tokyo eyes flying-car landing pads atop skyscrapers

Mitsubishi Estate and JAL work on public project; rules yet to be crafted

Flying cars could use skyscraper rooftops as takeoff and landing pads. (Image courtesy of the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry)

TOKYO -- Mitsubishi Estate is readying for Japan's first crewed flying-vehicle test flights in fiscal 2024, turning the rooftops of Tokyo high-rises it owns into takeoff and landing pads.

The real estate developer has been picked as an operator of a Tokyo Metropolitan Government project, partnering with Japan Airlines as well as Kanematsu, a trading house that has a tie-up with Skyports, a U.K. developer of landing infrastructure.

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