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Japan looks to minimize mischief without tying tech down

A drone inspects solar panels in Japan.

TOKYO -- Japan's government is rushing to get ahead of an emerging technology that promises to open new markets.

     The problem is that the new technology can also be a tool for terrorists and other bad guys. So last Thursday, the government set new rules it hopes will allow businesses to profit from and otherwise use drones -- and keep the flying machines out of potential troublemakers' hands.

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