A drone carrying a delivery arrives at Namie Post Office in the town of Namie, Fukushima Prefecture, on Nov. 7, 2018, after it flew on the first regular business service over residential areas for drones in Japan. The route is about 9 kilometers from Odaka Post Office in the prefectural city of Minamisoma. The drone's journey took about 15 minutes and it carried leaflets to promote sales of New Year's postcards. The device can carry a load of up to 2 kilograms and fly at a maximum speed of 54 kilometers per hour at an altitude of up to 60 meters. The drone is scheduled to make a maximum of two-way round trips a day for a total of six days a month. Japan Post Co. will initially use the drone to transport light loads such as documents, but the company aims to fly postal items to residents in mountainous areas in the future.
(Japanese original by Ryusuke Takahashi, Minamisoma Local Bureau)