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Japan immigration

Japan to speed up departure procedure for foreign travelers

Facial-recognition gates to replace immigration officers in departure halls

Japan in July will start allowing foreign travelers who have been in the country for no longer than 90 days to use facial-recognition gates at departure hall immigration counters.   © Kyodo

TOKYO -- The lines foreigners have to stand in to depart Japan may be eased -- just a little -- as automated gates will be introduced at airports across the country to speed up immigration checks. As a result, arrival lines might also be shortened.

The gates will use facial recognition technology to identify departing travelers. Faces will be compared to passport photos. The system was originally rolled out for Japanese travelers, but the Justice Ministry has decided to use it for foreigners as well.

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