Conceptual image of an electronic customs procedure gate at a customs inspection area Photo: NEC
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NEC to provide customs procedure system with face recognition for six major airports in Japan

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NEC Corp has announced an order from Japan Customs, under the Ministry of Finance, for an electronic customs procedure system utilizing face recognition to be installed at the customs inspection areas of six major airports in Japan: New Chitose Airport, Narita International Airport, Haneda Airport, Chubu International Airport, Kansai International Airport and Fukuoka Airport. 

This electronic customs procedure system utilizes NEC's face recognition technology, and has already been put into operation at Narita International Airport Terminal 3 as of April 15 of this year. Japan Customs is now expanding this system throughout six major airports, which account for approximately 90% of the annual passengers entering Japan, aiming to commence operations from March 2020. 

This system is designed to accelerate the customs procedures at leading airports, where NEC's face recognition technology can confirm travelers’ identities when using the system’s electronic declaration terminal and passing through exit gates. Moreover, NEC aims to further accelerate customs procedures by enabling baggage to be reported electronically through the use of smartphone applications.

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Big Brother is here, expect it to accelerate at an ever expanding rate, Control is the name of the game, and it's all over the Globe now. Japan is not the first for this facial recognition.

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Apple already uses that tech... so who else has access to (or has already taken) that data ?

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Once again, everybody complains about having to go through the airport and having to deal with long lines and rude employees, but when the airport tries to make it go faster and have you deal with less people, you all complain about that too.

Go ahead, take my picture if it makes it easier to get through the airport. I'm not paranoid.

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"Apple already uses that tech."

Apple uses Apple's tech, not this tech.

This is NEC's tech.

We already have this tech at Heathrow and it's not Apple or NEC.

There's many ways of skinning a cat you know?

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Immigration has already been passed by the time a custom’s inspection is necessary.

Why is it necessary for Customs to have your picture?

This is nothing but an invasion of privacy!

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Immigration has already been passed by the time a custom’s inspection is necessary.

Why is it necessary for Customs to have your picture?

This is nothing but an invasion of privacy!

It is not your right to enter a country, you don't have privacy in an airport. Can you tell them not to open your bags when you reach customs? Good luck with your 'privacy'.

Not to mention, do you realize how many times your face has been captured on video before you even get to that point?

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@extanker

You fail to address the question of why such inspections are necessary.

You also fail to notice the increase in invasive procedures ‘in the name of security’ all over the world such as body searches without privacy.

Swabbing of bags which can easily be contaminated by simple contact, Sampling and retention of DNA, fingerprints etc

How safely is that data protected?

Try taking a selfie in front of customs in Japan - you’ll be told ‘no photography !’

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You fail to address the question of why such inspections are necessary.

It's taking an extra photo. When they want to take a blood sample, maybe I'll worry.

You also fail to notice the increase in invasive procedures ‘in the name of security’ all over the world such as body searches without privacy.

As a frequent air traveler both before and after 9/11, I am definitely aware of the increase in 'invasive' procedures in the name of security. But I also understand that air travel is a privilege, not a right, so I accept what is deemed necessary in the name of security. As of now, none of the procedures I've ever experienced have caused me any headache worthy of complaining about.

Swabbing of bags which can easily be contaminated by simple contact, Sampling and retention of DNA, fingerprints etc

You're fingerprinted entering any country, not sure what you are even trying to say. I've never had an airport take DNA before, so it sounds to me like you are really grasping at straws with this.

How safely is that data protected?

It's your photo. As I already said, you are on video pretty much anywhere in the airport. You probably share more information on social media than any airport will ever have about you.

Try taking a selfie in front of customs in Japan - you’ll be told ‘no photography !’

First, why on earth do you want to take a selfie in from of customs? Second of course there is no photography, it is a secure area!

I'm a member of the 'Global Entry' program here in the US. I was photographed, fingerprinted and interviewed. Now I can bypass customs and immigration whenever I return home. I have no problem with basic information being taken to ease my movement between countries. It's obvious that people just need something to complain about.

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