Japan parliament approves bill requiring fingerprints, photos for foreign visitors Joe Shaulis at 12:43 PM ET
[JURIST] Visitors to Japan [JURIST news archive] will be electronically fingerprinted and photographed under a bill approved Wednesday by the House of Councillors [official website], the upper house of Japan's parliament. Foreign visitors 16 and older will have their fingerprints and pictures taken upon entering the country beginning in November 2007. Permanent residents, state guests and diplomats will be exempt. The lower house approved the proposal [BBC report] in March. The government of Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi [official website] says the new procedures, similar to those in the United States, will prevent terrorism [JURIST news archive] and other crimes.
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