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Government sets fingerprint requirement for foreigners

Date Posted: 2005-06-17

Security and crime stop concerns are sending Japanese authorities into gear creating a new law requiring foreigners to be fingerprinted.

The central government in Tokyo, working together with the Liberal Democratic Party, has endorsed the new plan. The action came during a special LDP session discussing foreigners living illegally in Japan.

The new law will require foreigners to be fingerprinted both upon arrival and departure from Japan. They call the new rules a necessity supporting crime prevention measures. Foreigners with special permanent residency, including Korean residents in the country, will be exempt from the new law.
Officials say the new requirements will stop foreigners who are suspects in criminal cases from fleeing the country, perhaps using a false identity. Lawmakers say the fingerprint scans will pick up on those trying to escape justice to a third country.

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