TOKYO -- The Metropolitan Police Department decided Thursday to set up a unit using drones with nets to capture suspicious unmanned aircraft, the first such initiative in Japan.
When a drone is spotted flying near an important structure such as the Diet Building or the prime minister's official residence, a larger drone will be deployed to catch the aircraft with a net. On the ground, officers will use loudspeakers to warn the controller of the suspicious drone to leave the area.
The squad will provide around-the-clock coverage on a trial basis this month with one drone. It will go into full-fledged operation in February with 10 aircraft to be piloted by trained officers.
Tokyo's police department had been mulling ways to deal with drones since the discovery in April of a drone carrying radioactive material on the roof of the prime minister's residence. New rules governing drone flights took effect Thursday.