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 Despite a spate of headlines showing drone users to be reckless attention-seekers or outright dangerous, the industry believes the sky is the limit for demand for unmanned copters.

Representatives attending Japan’s first major industry exhibition said they expect the market for unmanned multirotor aerial vehicles to soar in years ahead.

Participants at the International Drone Expo at Makuhari Messe, also said proper regulations are needed for both the industry and users. They welcome the fact that the government is now trying to develop rules for drone use.

“I understand that there is some criticism, but drones will be more widely used without a doubt.” said Masaya Kikuchi, an engineer with Chuo Electronics Co.

 The Tokyo-based company makes systems that enable drones to fly without human control.

He predicts that the market will develop around businesses rather than consumers. For example, construction companies can use drones to examine the condition of bridges in instances where it would be difficult for a human to reach, and security firms can operate them for surveillance.

The fact that drones have made media headlines recently might have stirred interest.

An unmanned quadcopter carrying a radioactive payload was found on the roof of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s office on April 22.

 Other incidents include flying a drone by mistake into the grounds of the British Embassy in April, and another flown by a 15-year-old boy falling at Zenkoji Temple in Nagano.

The radioactive drone case prompted the government to set about drafting rules. It is reportedly considering requiring people to register their names and addresses when purchasing one. It also plans to ban overflights at facilities such as the prime minister’s office, the Imperial Palace and the Diet.

Currently, people are basically free to fly drones anywhere at altitudes below 250 meters, except near airports and some parks.

 First published in The Japan Times on May 21.