Face Recognition at Japan Airports to Cover Foreign Nationals

Politics Society

Tokyo, Aug. 20 (Jiji Press)--Japan plans to extend the use of automatic immigration gates with face recognition systems to cover foreign visitors leaving the country at domestic airports by the end of fiscal 2019, according to Justice Ministry officials.

The move is part of Japan's efforts to streamline immigration procedures as the government aims to achieve its goal of attracting 40 million foreign visitors in 2020, when Tokyo hosts the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

The automatic passport control gates, currently used for Japanese citizens returning to the country, require less time for passage than gates with immigration officers.

Face images are taken with cameras installed at the unmanned gates and automatically compared with photographs in integrated circuit-embedded passports for identity confirmation.

Japan introduced its first face recognition gates at Tokyo International Airport at Haneda in October last year. A total of 64 such gates has been introduced at five airports in the country.

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