Japanese Drone Industry Rallies for Earthquake Recovery Efforts


This
article
published
in
collaboration
with

JUIDA
,
the
Japan
UAS
Industrial
Development
Association.


by
DRONELIFE
Staff
Writer
Ian
J.
McNabb


JUIDA,
the
Japan
UAS
Industrial
Development
Association,
recently
announced
their
participation
in
relief
efforts
after
the
recent
Noto
Peninsula
earthquakes
in
early
January
2024.
After
receiving
a
request
from
Wajima
City,
Ishikawa
Prefecture
on
January
4th,
(3
days
after
the
magnitude
7.5
earthquake
had
struck
the
isolated
peninsula
north
of
Honshu),
JUIDA
began
disaster
recovery
operations
such
as
search
and
rescue
and
infrastructure
inspection
with
the
support
of
member
corporations
Blue
Innovations
and
Liberaware. 

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UAS
operations
were
key
to
early
on-the-ground
efforts
in
the
peninsula,
where
landslides
left
many
rural
villages
isolated
from
relief
efforts.
Japanese
cargo
drone
maker
Skydrive
partnered
with
the
Japan
Self-Defense
Force
to
conduct
surveillance
and
supply
operations
to
check
in
on
isolated
villages
and
help
deliver
necessary
supplies,
while
other
companies
partnered
with
the
Department
of
Industry
to
check
on
crucial
port
infrastructure
vital
to
the
local
fishing
economy. 


In
addition,
drones
were
used
to
scout
locations
for
emergency
housing,
including
ongoing
monitoring
for
future
structural
damage,
and
assess
the
impact
of
landslides
on
roads
and
bridges.
On
January
8th,
a
drone
operated
by
Aeronext
delivered
vital
medication
to
an
isolated
evacuation
center
at
the
Kusu
Elementary
School,
the
first
time
in
Japan
that
a
drone
had
been
used
to
deliver
drugs
to
a
disaster-stricken
area.
Other
medical
supply
missions
included
trips
to
Musu
Elementary
and
the
Nishio
Community
Center
while
crews
worked
to
restore
road
access. 


JUIDA
acted
as
a
vital
hub
throughout
the
process,
distributing
resources
and
orchestrating
operations
between
the
many
companies
involved
in
partnership
with
the
JSDF.
A
full
list
of
all
the
companies
involved,
along
with
a
more
detailed
description
of
their
activities,
is
available



here


(in
Japanese).


Read
more
about
the
potential
for
drones
as
first
responders
in
the
context
of
the
Noto
earthquakes
 here.


Ian
McNabb
is
a
staff
writer
based
in
Boston,
MA.
His
interests
include
geopolitics,
emerging
technologies,
environmental
sustainability,
and
Boston
College
sports.