Illegal Immigrants Reason for Fingerprinting non-Japanese

Anger among Japan’s foreign community at the new immigraion laws continues to grow. Nearly all foreigners, including permanent residents, are now being fingerprinted every time they enter Japan, and can be denied entry for any reason the Ministry of Justice pleases. Isn’t the point of fingerprinting to stop terrorists entering Japan? That’s what I first thought. I even wrote a comparison between fingerprinting in Japan and the UK, showing that Japan couldn’t justify fingerprinting foreigners under the “War on Terror” banner because unlike the […]

Comparing the UK and Japan’s Fingerprinting Plans

There’s an awful lot of talk, and rightly so, about Japan’s implementation of biometric fingerprinting at international airports this month. As I understand it, any foreigner over the age of 16 who doesn’t have diplomatic status or a “special” permanent residency visa will be photographed and fingerprinted on entry to the country. Here’s a poster and more official information on the new entry procedures. Foreigners outraged by new security measures […]