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Monday, October 22, 2007

Finger Printing For All Foreigners

入国するとき指紋と写真をとる

A new immigration law supposedly targeting terrorism, which comes in to effect from November 20, 2007, will mean that all foreigners, including foreign residents with re-entry permits, will be fingerprinted, photographed and interviewed by immigration officials as they enter Japan at the country's airports and ports.

Finger prints

Children under the age of 16 and a few other exceptions including diplomats, visiting bigwigs and long-term Korean and Taiwanese residents of Japan, tokubetsu eijusha are excluded from the new law.

People refusing to cooperate with the new procedures will be denied entry.

Further information is available on the Immigration Bureau's website

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