Japan to introduce facial recognition system at airports in FY 2017
Jiji Press -- Nov 19
Japan's Justice Ministry has decided to introduce a facial recognition system at airports as early as fiscal 2017 to speed up immigration control, ministry officials said Tuesday.

The ministry made the decision after obtaining satisfactory data in the experimental use of such systems at Narita International Airport near Tokyo and Tokyo International Airport at Haneda.

In the latest tests conducted on weekdays for a month from early August, systems made by five firms checked passport photos of a total of 22,300 Japanese nationals who underwent immigration control procedures against still images automatically taken at immigration gates.

上川法相は、2020年の東京オリンピックに向け、日本人の出入国審査をする際の顔認­証システムを実用化する方針を明らかにした。
News sources: Jiji Press, FNNnewsCH
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