Face-Recognition Departure Gates Launched at Haneda

Society

Tokyo, Oct. 31 (Jiji Press)--The Tokyo Regional Immigration Bureau started on Wednesday to operate automatic gates with a face recognition system for Japanese nationals leaving the country at Tokyo International Airport at Haneda.

With the Japanese government aiming to boost the annual number of visitors from abroad to 40 million in 2020, the bureau hopes that the new gates will allow it to redeploy staff from departure inspections for Japanese people to other operations, such as checks for foreigners arriving in Japan.

Information from passport photos is scanned when travelers hold their passports to the gates at the departure inspection area of the airport, according to officials of the bureau, which is under the Justice Ministry. Face images are taken by the gates' built-in cameras and checked against the passport photo information.

The entire screening process takes only about 15 seconds for each person.

The bureau installed 13 units of the gate, each costing around 7.9 million yen, at the departure area.

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