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Japanese security measures anger rights activists

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Japanese security measures anger rights activists


Japan has begun fingerprinting and photographing foreigners entering the country as part of new anti-terrorism measures.

But the policy has outraged human rights activists and some visitors.

They are only allowed through after the new data has been checked against an international list of terrorist suspects. On day one, reactions were mixed.

“I was surprised because I have been coming to Japan every year for 20 years and this is the first time, so it was a little bit surprising. But I can understand if it is a question of security,” said one man.

But an Australian student added: “I don’t like a government having personal information about me. I don’t think they have got any rights over my body or on my bodily information.”

Critics have been demonstrating outside the Ministry of Justice in Tokyo. They claim the proceedures discriminate against foreigners and violate their privacy.

One of the problems they highlight is the fact the data is kept on record, even after a visitor has been deemed not to present a threat.

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