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Japan set to give domestic drone industry a lift

Security concerns over Chinese devices drives efforts to make homegrowns fly

Drone use is soaring as the unmanned aerial vehicles become indispensable to industry, agriculture and other sectors, along with aiding disaster relief. (Photo by Wataru Ito) 

TOKYO -- Japan is set to expand support for its domestic drone industry to alleviate security concerns posed by Chinese-made devices dominating the world market.

The government will submit a bill to parliament as soon as February to make it easier for domestic drone makers to raise money, while increasing procurement of drones for infrastructure inspection and disaster relief.

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