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Japan Fingerprinting Foreigners

By Matthew Harwood

New Japanese counterterrorism regulations will make foreigners submit to fingerprinting upon arrival in country, reports Reuters. If they refuse, they will be deported.

Hisashi Toshioka, head of immigration at Narita airport, told Reuters:

"We want foreigners entering Japan to co-operate, and to understand that it is better for them as well that Japan be safe."

The regulation is drawing criticism from business travelers, human rights activists, and residents, but one traveler quoted by the newswire said the process was "uninvasive" and made him "feel a little safer."

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