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Japan to expand drone inspection of infrastructure in law reform

Government revising and updating 4,000 regulations for digital age

Dams will be inspected by drones, rather than by humans, under wide-ranging government plans to reform laws and regulations to make them fit-for-purpose in the digital age. (Photo by Kei Higuchi)

TOKYO -- The Japanese government plans to revise about 4,000 provisions of laws and regulations that are not compatible with the digital age, Nikkei has learned, in an attempt to make public works more efficient.

Regulations requiring visual inspection of dams, levees and other infrastructure will be scrapped, while drones and digital technologies will be permitted to improve productivity, government sources say.

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