Foreign visitors to Japan may soon have the option of showing their passports when checking in to their hotels or simply undergoing a fingerprint scan.
The process, aimed at easing congestion at hotel reception desks, is the result of a project between the government and the private sector. A test period will get under way next month.
The test will begin at a hotel in Tokyo. Foreign tourists will need to register their fingerprints in advance. Once that is done, their identities can be confirmed instantly.
Officials at the industry ministry hope that eventually foreign tourists can register when they arrive in Japan. They can then go through a fingerprint scan when they get to their hotels.
Source: NHK Video and image: NewsBeat Social
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