Radioactive Drone Lands on Japanese PM’s Roof

A radioactive drone with a small camera, a water bottle and a flare was found on the roof of Japanese PM’s office. 

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Police and security officials stand around a tarpaulin covering a drone on the roof of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s official residence in Tokyo. (Photo: Reuters)

In a surprising discovery, a small drone was found on the roof of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s office on Wednesday. It had apparently been flown there – according to local media.

Staff at the official residence – known as “the Kantei” – discovered the 50-centimetre craft on top of the five-storeyed structure in central Tokyo around mid-morning, Japanese media reported.

Aerial footage showed dozens of police officers swarming over the roof and helipad of the modern, glass-facade building, with the drone covered by a blue tarpaulin.

Police have not found any explosives on the four-propeller drone, but it did have a camera, a plastic bottle and what appeared to be a flare, television broadcaster NHK said.

Tokyo Metropolitan Police declined to comment on the matter. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who is in Indonesia, works at the building during the day, and commutes from his private residence roughly 15 minutes away.

The use of drones is increasingly becoming common in Japan, particularly for aerial surveying, photography and video shoots. There are currently no legal restrictions on the use of drones.

Drone Crashed at The White House

In January, a hobby drone crashed into the White House gardens, sparking a Secret Service investigation. The operator was an intelligence agency employee who lost control of his friend’s device. US prosecutors said they would not pursue criminal charges, while the Federal Aviation Administration has begun a review of the mishap for possible administrative action.

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