There are no common rules governing applications outside of the agricultural field.
12/08/2014 by NEVdD
My view of the law is that it is a guideline for a community to live together and should not be strictly followed. With this point of view I intend to make aerials videos of the world. Not strictly following the law doesn't mean put other people at risk and of course one is always responsible for his actions. With this in mind, this is my experience of this country:
Japanese are very strict and I wouldn't be surprised if a Japanese flying an UAV would get more trouble than a tourist like me since they know that foreigners are a bit "undisciplined". As a general rule, it will be difficult to fly in Japan without having somebody asking for you to stop. In the countryside and small villages you won't have much trouble though, I flew close to mount Fuji without any problem. I tried to fly close to the Hiroshima Peace Memorial (strictly above the river), the police asked me to stop before I could take off and followed me afterwards in the city to make sure I wouldn't fly. The tour I used to visit Hashima refused to let me board the boat with my drone though I did everything I could to persuade them I wouldn't go off the paths and won't risk other people safety. If you fly in parks, the guards or the police will ask you to stop but won't arrest you nor give you a fine. You won't have any problem walking with your drone in your hands but if it is big, some bus drivers might forbid you to board his bus (use a fold-able drone is my advice or put it in a case). My conclusion is that if you fly safely in parks and other areas where you don't put people safety at risk, you won't get arrested but a guard or a cop will ask you to stop flying. There was no mention about privacy issues when somebody asked me to stop flying, in fact they just ask you to stop they don't try to justify it.