Authorities in Tokyo's Adachi Ward held a rescue drill using a drone on Sunday, the day Japan commemorates a major earthquake in 1923.
The drill at Ayase Police Station was based on a scenario of a mega-earthquake striking the Tokyo area.
A drone was flown from the courtyard to the roof of the police station that was being used as a mock disaster site. A dummy representing an injured person was found in the rubble, and a rescue team headed to the scene.
The Ayase police signed a disaster cooperation agreement with a drone company. They plan to use drones to search low-lying areas of Tokyo that may become flooded in a disaster.
A senior police official, Yoshihiro Hara, says officers will be trained to operate drones to help them swiftly survey disaster zones.