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December 10, 2004

Foreign Tourists to Face Stricter Entry Procedures

New anti-terror measures proposed by the government will mean stricter controls on non-Japanese entering the country. They include mandatory finger-printing and photographs of all entrants. There are also plans to fingerprint applicants for visas before they travel to Japan, and to require hotels and inns to ask for the nationality and passport number of foreign customers at check-in. Though the plan is likely to spark criticism about infringing on the rights of foreigners, a government panel, headed by Chief Cabinet Secretary Hiroyuki Hosoda, is expected to give it final approval today.

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