Automatic gates taking mugshots will be implemented at a number of airports in Japan for overseas visitors entering the country, immigration authorities said Thursday.
“It will save us time for when they inevitably commit a crime,” says Immigration Services Agency spokesman Kuruto Hanzai.
The gaijin mugshot will come into use on July 24 at Tokyo’s Haneda airport and later this year at Narita, Kansai, Fukuoka, Chubu and Chitose airports.
Their introduction is part of efforts to deal with an expected spike in crimes from an increase in foreign travelers to Japan for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
The identification photo stored in the IC chip of a traveler’s passport will be scanned and compared to the mugshot taken at the gate, which will then open if the two images contain a tiny head with a massive nose.