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Skyports, Kanematsu collaborate to launch AAM operations in Japan

By Chris Stonor

Skyports, a leading vertiport company and Japanese Kanematsu Corporation have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to launch AAM operations in Japan, reports a press release. The partnership aims to advance air mobility (AAM) in Japan by “facilitating the deployment and operation of permanent and sustainable AAM transport solutions for both passengers and cargo.”

Starting their collaboration in 2020 with a focus on vertiport infrastructure, to engage in joint research and  provide a platform for discussions with local public and private stakeholders, in April the agreement has been extended to include the drone delivery market.

Duncan Walker, CEO of Skyports, said, “Establishing a presence in new markets, especially in an emerging industry, requires considerable expertise, as well as detailed understanding of local regulatory and political frameworks.“

He continued, “Kanematsu shares our aspiration of unlocking the sky for advanced air mobility, and this collaboration brings us one considerable step closer to launching successful commercial AAM operations in the region.”

Yoshiya Miyabe, Senior Managing Executive Officer, Chief Officer of Motor Vehicles & Aerospace Division at Kanematsu, added, “We see a huge opportunity for AAM and drone delivery to benefit the future of transportation for both people and goods. Together we will bring forth innovations in aviation and help to revolutionise air mobility and transport logistics to benefit people’s lives, communities and countries’ economies, in an environmentally sustainable and responsible manner.”


Kanematsu Corporation was founded 130 years ago and based in Tokyo. The company is involved in a wide range of businesses through its various sections: Motor Vehicles & Aerospace, Electronics & Devices, Steel, Materials & Plant and Foods, Meat & Grain.

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