Sunday, 28 October 2007

Welcome to Japan; Entering the country

From Nov 20, guess we'll be finger printed and photographed before entering Japan. That means longer time clearing the immigration? Won't be long now before the implementation date...

Info on applying visa :
(but I'll go with the Embassy's site - better cos if you call them up, they'll askfor the exact same things posted on their site.)

Excerpt taken from Japan-Guide.Com

As of November 20, 2007, all foreigners, including foreign residents, will be fingerprinted and photographed upon entering Japan as a measure aimed at preventing terrorism. People refusing to cooperate will not be granted entry into the country.
Excluded from this procedure are persons under the age of 16 and a few special groups, such as diplomats, visiting dignitaries and tokubetsu eijuusha (Korean and Taiwanese long-term residents of Japan, who lost their Japanese citizenships after the war).

The Associated Press
TOKYO (AP) — Japan hopes to thwart potential terrorists from entering the country by fingerprinting and photographing all foreigners aged 16 or over on entry starting next month, an official said Friday.
Only some permanent residents, diplomatic visitors, and children under 16 will be exempt from the measures after the system goes into effect Nov. 20, Immigration Bureau official Takumi Sato said.
Under the new system, all adults will be photographed and fingerprinted on arrival in Japan. Incoming aircraft and ship operators also will be obliged to provide passenger and crew lists before they arrive.
Resident foreigners will be required to go through the procedure every time they re-enter Japan.
Immigration officials will run the images and data through a database of international terror and crime suspects as well as against domestic crime records. People matching the data on file will be denied entry and deported.
"We hope the system will help keep terrorists out of the country, and also put at ease the minds of both the Japanese people and the foreigners who come here," Sato said.
The bureau plans to store the data for "a long time," Sato said, while refusing to disclose how long due to security concerns.
It is unclear how many people will be affected; Japan saw 8.11 million foreign entries in 2006, Sato said.
Opponents of the new system say the measures amount to discrimination against foreigners and a violation of their right to privacy.
Tokyo's staunch support of the U.S.-led invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq and dispatch of forces to each region have raised concerns that Japan could become the target of deadly terror attacks.

Thanks to K. Hani for the video on entry process.

Other links/blog on this:
Washington Post


  1. Lina,

    University pon dah bagitau kat my hubby psl new procedure tu.Then since dia pon nak balik mesia mid Nov for conference, nnti nak tanya la kat dia camner diorg handle..hihihih

  2. aaa.... nanti boleh lah tolong kitaorg, update on new procedure.


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