Japan airports decrease immigration time by 40%

TOKYO — The Japan Ministry of Justice, which oversees immigration procedures, on Oct. 1 deployed 81 mobile immigration terminals known as “biocarts” at arrivals terminals at Kansai International Airport, which serves Osaka, as well as at Okinawa’s Naha Airport and Takamatsu International Airport, in Kagawa Prefecture. The carts have been credited with reducing the time it takes foreign visitors to complete immigration and customs requirements by as much as 40%.

The mobile terminal takes a facial photo and fingerprints as new arrivals are waiting in line and then transmits that data so that it is available when the visitor presents . . .

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