Trials of a new automatic facial recognition system for immigration control are to begin later this year, the Ministry of Justice announced this week.
The idea was proposed to Justice Minister Toshio Ogawa at a meeting involving a panel of experts, as an alternative to the fingerprint registration system used with non-Japanese visitors, Fuji TV reported. The proposal to allow faster passport control processing using an automatic immigration gate and a fingerprint machine was partially scrapped due to public reservations about fingerprint registration, sources say.
In its place, the panel requested permission to carry out trials with similar systems employing automatic facial, iris and finger vein recognition, Fuji reported.
The ministry says it is aiming to start using the new technologies on a trial basis from this year and finalize the new immigration system by 2014.© Japan Today