As the FAA gears up to increase drone regulations in the US, the Japanese government announced that it would slash drone regulations in order to promote their use, calling them part of the “fourth industrial revolution.”

The second meeting of Japan’s Public-Private Dialogue towards Investment for the Future was held yesterday at the Prime Minister’s Office. The meetings were established in an effort to boost Japan’s participation in new technology, part of a plan to lift Japan’s sluggish economy. Members discussed investment trends and fields of innovation.

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Based on the discussion, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said:

“Investment is the key to a productivity revolution and it is through investment that we will lead the world in realizing a fourth industrial revolution. I believe that the challenge for a fourth industrial revolution is all about speed. Autonomous driving, drones, and the healthcare and medical fields are all promising fields in which safety and convenience can be achieved together. In the forum of this dialogue we will move quickly to determine specific measures in these fields.”

The Prime Minister stated that he would make drone delivery a reality within 3 years, and called for the immediate establishment of a council of government and industry stakeholders to discuss “specific structural and systemic requirements.”

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He also said that Japan will enable drones and construction machinery to be operated and for data to be sent and received remotely from more distant locations than before. Abe announced that Japan will develop a new telecommunications infrastructure, including the expansion of usable frequency bands and enhanced output capacity, by next summer.

Also cited as part of the “fourth industrial revolution” at the meeting, autonomous driving and the use of artificial intelligence in the medical field will be encouraged through deregulation and infrastructure support.