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Japan to introduce facial recognition for departing foreigners

Streamlined immigration, departure procedures set for expansion in 2019

The facial recognition system was introduced at Tokyo's Haneda Airport in October.   © Kyodo

TOKYO -- Automatic facial recognition gates will be installed at major airports in Japan to screen departing foreign nationals in the year from April 2019, the Justice Ministry has announced.

Three such gates are already in use at Tokyo's Haneda Airport to identify Japanese nationals returning from overseas.

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