Fingerprinting Foreigners in Japan
Japan began a program on November 15th of fingerprinting and photographing all foreign visitors to Japan, including foreign residents of Japan, every time they enter the country.
The measures were enacted supposedly for anti-terrorism reasons, but the New York Times writes that the decision could affect businesses if companies find the regulations prohibitive and businessmen visiting Japan are greeted by hourlong delays at immigration.
More generally, the measures could add to the atmosphere of insularity and sometimes xenophobia, felt by some foreign residents. At a time when aging Japan needs more foreign residents, does the law help or hurt Japan? Is Japan really a terrorist target?
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