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Government eyes drone delivery, telemedicine tech by 2018

TOKYO -- Japan plans to permit limited drone package delivery by 2018 and road tests of self-driving cars by 2017, cutting red tape to encourage investment in promising new technologies.

     The new drone rules initially will allow shipments to isolated areas with sparse medical facilities. Drones will be able to carry prescription drugs, blood for transfusions and other urgent items to patients by 2018.

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