A Local Perspective on Life in Tsukuba, Ibaraki, Japan.

Petition to Abolish Mandatory Fingerprinting in Japan

From BAD IMPRESSIONS: Japan’s new policy of fingerprinting foreigners is cack-handed and callous by Arudou Debito, Metropolis Magazine, October 26, 2007, Issue #709

If you haven’t heard about the new immigration procedure coming into effect next month, it’s time you did. It will affect not only tourists and frequently traveling businesspeople, but also long-term residents. You will be targeted by a useless and xenophobic system, treated as fresh off the boat no matter how long you’ve lived here.

From November 20, 2007, all foreigners crossing the border into Japan will have their fingerprints and mug shots taken. Their biometric data will be stored for 70 years, and shared with other governments just in case of—well, just in case.

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What can you do?

Sign the petition. (There is also a Facebook cause page.)

Print bilingual protest letters and hand them in as you clear Customs.

Any other ideas?


  • Dan Waldhoff says:

    In many other countries this is done surreptitiously. One is aware of it here and made aware of it by being part of the process. You might even look for fingerprinting to come at some near future date to verify credit cards and similar every day necessities.

    I was fingerprinted when I entered Japan originally – many years ago. It didn’t bother me. I was fingerprinted when I registered for the draft in the US. It didn’t bother me. I was fingerprinted when I worked at a munitions plant, an aircraft manufacturer and probably half a dozen other place. I don’t consider being fingerprinted an offensive issue.

    What does bother me is having some goon yank me or a friend or a stranger out of line while waiting to board an aircraft in the US and getting a full search.

  • jom says:

    its not right …… for the people who live there long time with family it should have a exemptions for them…. how can they live with their family???? have a heart god blesss