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Thursday, November 08, 2007

Protest the fingerprinting of foreigners entering Japan

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From November 20th, foreigners entering Japan (including permanent and non-permanent residents) will have to submit to being digitally fingerprinted and photographed.

The government stance is summed in the following quotes.

"This will greatly contribute to preventing international terrorist activities on our soil," Naoto Nikai: Immigration Bureau.

"It is vital we take fingerprints (from foreigners) in order to prevent terrorist attacks": Kunio Hatoyama, Justice Minister.

Groups such as University Teachers Union Japan, Amnesty International Japan, and Solidarity Network with Migrants Japan are fighting the implementation.

Open a petition protesting the above.

The petition aims to abolish the re-establishment of fingerprinting for all foreigners entering Japan - including residents - as introduced by the revised Immigration Control and Refugee Recognition Act to take effect from November 20th, 2007, in Japan.

It will be sent to:

General Affairs Division, Immigration Bureau, Ministry of Justice
1-1-1 Kasumigaseki, Chiyoda-ku,
Tokyo, 100-8977
Tel: +81 (0)3-3580-4111

More information about the revised Immigration Control and Refugee Recognition Act

Incidentally, the Justice Minister, indeed, the whole Japanese Establishment, seems to have conveniently forgotten that the most egregious terrorist attack "on Japanese soil" in recent history, by Aum Shinri-kyo in 1995, in which 12 were killed and 54 seriously injured, had nothing to do with foreigners at all.

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1 comment:

zichi said...

I'm a Permanent Resident of Japan, from the UK and have lived here since 1994. Japan has never been attacked by foreign terrorists and if such attack is likely it will happen overseas. Japan has been attacked by home grown terrorists. The introduction of fingerprinting is against the Japanese Constitution which affords protection to all peoples who are in Japan and not just Japanese nationals.