• Ja
  • Double Bike Rider Astro Boy Live Action

Japan Fingerprint

40
53371
Wed 2007/10/10 02:57 JST
2edaebdadcc7157d17af46f3e9d95f59

If you are keeping yourself in the loop with news in Japan by reading Japan Probe, you will already know that Japan will start to fingerprint and photo foreigners who enter Japan from round abouts the 20th of November.

Fingerprinting and mugshots have been put in place as a measure to deter/prevent terrorist attacks.
Am used to the fingerprinting/photo process when I enter the US but still not used to the attitude of the officers who treat you like a criminal by default. Never had any problems with the officers in Japan though.

I'm not exactly sure how fingerprinting somebody is going to stop evil intentions. If a person wants to blow him/herself up then a fingerprint is not exactly going to stop them from doing so.
I can see how it can play a part in preventing overstay - photos of overstayers can be published as soon as their permitted stay has exceeded for example.

How do you feel about having your fingerprint and photo taken when you enter a country? Had any problems so far entering the US?
I personally don't care as long as it doesn't add too much extra time when getting back in Japan after a trip.
I hold an alien registration card which means I line up with the Japanese nationals when I get in - wondering if that will change.
I like the way the word "Alien" is still used for foreigners. When I think of "Alien" I only think of one thing.

Tokyo · CEO Mirai Inc
http://www.dannychoo.com/profile

Director for Culture Japan. Creator of Mirai Suenaga. Member of the Japanese governments METI CIIC.
経済産業省クリエイティブ産業国際展開懇談会委員。
テレビ番組カルチャージャパンのディレクターと司会。
twitter.com/dannychoo
facebook.com/dannychoodotcom

Related

  • A Week in Tokyo 27

    Starting off the week with some Korean food with member Len Vesper. Just thought that I'd mention that ...

     Tue 08/10/14
    192
    124383
  • Tokyo Cinema

    Apart from the annoying git who sat next to me in the cinema, last Friday went according to keikaku. We...

     Wed 09/05/20
    330
    156039
  • A Week in Tokyo 13

    Another busy week in Tokyo running around like mad man. Photo taken outside Takadanobaba station. This ...

     Sat 08/04/26
    87
    88423
  • Tokyo Midtown

    Just like Roppongi Hills, Tokyo Midtown is another "city within a city" which opened earlier this year....

     Tue 07/08/07
    192
    74066

Comments

Create Comment Show comments
  1. Loading-pulse