Japan to fingerprint, photograph foreigners from Nov 20

fingrprintForget Yokoso! (Welcome) Japan, the name of the government’s campaign to boost the number of foreign tourists coming to the country. Starting next week, the government will photograph and fingerprint all but a select few foreigners who enter the country – even permanent residents! Officials try out the identification equipment at Narita Airport in Narita on Tuesday. Read more

TOKYO — The government will approve a draft ordinance stipulating that a mandatory fingerprinting and photographing of visitors aged 16 or older will enter into force on Nov 20, officials said Thursday.

The revised Immigration Control and Refugee Recognition Law incorporating such a measure was enacted in May last year in a bid to block the entry into Japan of individuals designated as terrorists by the justice minister.
Under the law, scanned fingerprints and other biometric data will be stored in a computer to be checked against those of past deportees. The system can also be accessed by investigative authorities, they said. The measure excludes ethnic Koreans and other permanent residents with special status, those under 16, those visiting Japan for diplomatic or official purposes, and those invited by the statesource japantoday.com


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