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Rakuten's package delivery drones to take flight soon

Rural areas in Japan would be serviced, but cost is a concern

Rakuten's package drone takes flight through the mountains of Chichibu, Japan, during a proving test Friday. (Photo by Aya Onishi)

TOKYO -- Rakuten, one of Japan's leading e-commerce platforms, said Friday it will start delivering packages via drones in sparsely populated areas during the fiscal year beginning in April, now that the country has eased regulations on such flights.

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