The drone wars have begun

Monday, 14 December, 2015

TOKYO — “The Metropolitan Police Department is set to launch a drone squad as new regulations have come into force to ban unmanned aerial vehicles from flying over crowded residential areas, MPD officials said…

…When drones are spotted in no-fly zones, the squad will search for the operators and order them to ground the drones. If they fail to comply, the squad will scramble large drones equipped with cameras and nets measuring 2 to 3 meters in length.”

On the face of it, this is an understandable law-and-order reaction to a new technology that might contravene municipal regulations, but the Yamaguchi-gumi will be watching with interest, no doubt. Kenichi Shinoda, its current oyabun, is said to favour “an expansionist policy” and one can imagine him ordering gang members to form a “drone squad” complete with nets. Could be a nice little earner, that, pirating drones laden with tomorrow’s equivalent of pieces of eight. Take note, Amazon Prime Air.

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