The Japanese mail or post service called, Japan Post Co., will start using drones to test delivery of postal products between post offices in Fukushima Prefecture according to several news reports. The mail delivery is expected to start its test flights in early November after same-day approval was given to applications. The Land, Infrastructure, Transportation and Tourism Ministry approved these drone flights without supervision and or an assistant monitoring movements. Fukushima Prefecture was the epicenter of the worst earthquake in Japanese history, with tens of thousands losing their lives in March of 2011. There has been a long and sustained rebuilding of small towns and cities of this prefecture since the the 2011 quake.
If everything goes according to plan, packages and documents will be transported within 10 minutes, with the weight limit being two kilograms or about 5 lbs. The test deliveries were conducted at much longer distances of 9 kilometers or about 5.6 miles, between two towns in the region. Japan Post plans to conduct these deliveries for commercial use mainly in rural areas from post office facilities to other facilities in these less populated areas.