Japan to Use Smart Immigration Gates Also for Foreigners

Politics

Tokyo, July 2 (Jiji Press)--Japan will use automatic immigration gates with a face recognition system also for short-term foreign visitors, the Immigration Services Agency said Tuesday.

Later this month, Tokyo International Airport at Haneda will begin using the smart gates for departing foreigners who stayed in Japan for up to three months. Six other airports in the country will follow.

At present, the use of the gates is limited to checking Japanese nationals.

The government aims to raise the annual number of visitors to Japan to 40 million in 2020, when the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games will be held.

The government therefore hopes to streamline immigration procedures by using the gates and allocate more staff to passport control.

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