Japan rolling out biometric-based electronic customs declaration system

Japan’s Finance Ministry demonstrated a new electronic customs declaration system using biometric facial recognition technology in a media presentation yesterday at Narita International Airport, Jiji Press reports. The airport is scheduled to start using the system on April 15.

The new system is expected to make customs procedures more efficient and ease congestion.

The ministry will first use the system at Narita International Airport for Japanese people returning from abroad. The new system will be deployed at other major airports across the country in stages, ahead of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics.

Last month it was announced that NEC will provide its NeoFace facial recognition AI engine for the new biometric check-in to boarding system being introduced by Narita International Airport Corporation. ‘One ID’ is expected to begin its operation from spring 2020.

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