The lower house of the Diet on Thursday approved a bill that bans the flying of drones near airports and over areas where major events are being held, such as festivals and fireworks.
It also bans flying drones near the imperial palace, the Diet, the prime minister's office, Supreme Court, foreign embassies and other facilities, Fuji TV reported.
According to the bill, air space within 300 meters of such buildings would be considered a no-fly zone. Offenders will be subject to prison terms of up to one year or a maximum fine of 500,000 yen.
Furthermore, flying drones at night without the government's permission is also prohibited under the revised Civil Aeronautics Law.
Earlier this year, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government banned the flying of drones in 81 public parks and gardens. Drones have been included in an ordinance that bans the use of remote-controlled aircraft in parks and gardens.© Japan Today