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Drone delivery in Japan marks successful flight over residential area

Postal service cuts last-mile transport time by two-thirds in trial

Japan Post successfully conducted a drone delivery test in a rural area west of Tokyo on Friday. (Photo by Koji Uema)

TOKYO -- Getting packages dropped at doorsteps by drones is close to becoming a reality in Japan after the postal service on Friday flew an unmanned aerial vehicle over a residential area for the delivery.

The Japan Post drone dropped off a small package after landing in front of a house in Okutama, a rural area west of Tokyo, about 2 kilometers away from the post office.

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