Japan begins fingerprinting and photographing foreigners

Japan started fingerprinting and photographing arriving foreigners from Tuesday in a crackdown on terrorists, despite complaints that the measures unfairly target non-Japanese. Nearly all foreigners age 16 or over, including longtime residents, will be scanned. The only exceptions are diplomats, government guests and permanent residents such as Koreans who have lived in Japan for generations.

The fingerprints and photos will be checked for matches on terrorist watch lists and files on foreigners with criminal records in Japan. People matching the data will be denied entry and deported. Japan is the second country after the United States to implement such a system.