An elderly man living near the site of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant has become the first person in Japan to receive a convenience store delivery by drone. So what did he order? Fried chicken and croquettes.
Tsuguo Takano, 70, from the Minamisoma, 16 miles from the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant – the site of a nuclear meltdown following the Japanese tsunami in 2011 – is the first person to take advantage of a new convenience store drone delivery service.
The service is being trialled by Lawson convenience stores in collaboration with e-commerce company Rakuten. The companies selected Minamisoma because of its high number of elderly residents.
The town, of 71,000 residents, was evacuated to avoid radioactive fallout following the Fukushima nuclear disaster in March 2011. 51,000 residents have since returned after the evacuation order was lifted in July 2016.
The trail will initially run for 6 months. Other services also being considered include delivery of prescription medication.