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    Police and security officials stand around a tarpaulin covering a drone on the roof of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's official residence in Tokyo April 22, 2015

    Drone on Rooftop of Japanese PM's Office Rattles Police Nerves

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    A small drone marked with a radioactive sign landed on the roof of the Japanese Prime Minister's office in Tokyo Wednesday morning, prompting police to open an investigation into the incident.

    Tokyo police are investigating after a small drone marked with a radiation hazard sign landed on the rooftop of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's office; the unmanned aerial vehicle later tested positive for a "small quantity" of radiation, according to Kyodo News.

    There was no immediate word on injuries or damage from the Wednesday incident, which occurred during Shinzo Abe's visit to Indonesia, where he was attending the Asia-African summit.

    Police and security officials stand around a tarpaulin covering a drone on the roof of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's official residence in Tokyo April 22, 2015
    © REUTERS / Toru Hanai
    Police and security officials stand around a tarpaulin covering a drone

    The incident came shortly after a Japanese court rejected a lawsuit to halt the restart of Kyushu Electric Power's Sendai nuclear station, downplaying local residents' concerns over the safety of the plant in the wake of the 2011 Fukushima disaster.

    Meanwhile, the Japanese public television station NHK aired footage showing scores of police and officials standing near the quadcopter, which was covered under cardboard and later by a blue tarp.

    Police and security officers investigate an unidentified drone (covered under a blue sheet) which was found on the rooftop of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's official residence in Tokyo, in this photo taken by Kyodo April 22, 2015
    © REUTERS / Kyodo
    Police and security officers investigate an unidentified drone

    The NHK reported that the drone was about 50 centimeters (20 inches)in diameter and that it carried a small camera, a water bottle and something that looked like a flare.

    Police said that it was not immediately clear who was responsible, adding that they are looking into the possibility that the drone could have crashed during a flight.

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