Japan plans to fingerprint foreigners aged 16 or over when they enter the country as an anti-terrorism measure, details of a revised immigration bill obtained by the Mainichi have shown. In addition, people that the justice minister deems likely to "commit crimes aimed at threatening the public" will be deported under new regulations, the revised bill on immigration and refugee recognition says.
In addition to fingerprinting, the Ministry of Justice is also considering photographing visitors. The bill gives authorities the power to deport those considered likely to commit terrorism-related crimes such as murder, hijackings or bombings, thereby posing a threat to ordinary residents or the nation. Read full story here. In Japanese here.
However, it seems that in April 2000, they stopped doing just this, so they are just bringing back an old law. As of BBC News April 2000.
Maybe if I was Muslim or looked Middle Eastern, I would be against this for fear of being stereotyped. But, me a small Englishwoman, sees no problem in it. It shouldnt bother you unless you are actually going to Japan for illegal reasons. Its the same in the UK and DNA databases. On the news recently they were saying it was wrong to take DNA samples of children who had done nothing wrong. Er, no. If those children keep within the law, then they will never have to worry. If, they choose to brake the law, itll make them easier to catch. So, go ahead, take DNA samples of everyone when they are born, or when they come in to the country, if it helps make this country safer.
If you are law abiding, you shouldnt give a damn. Its not "invading privacy" for Gods sake. Its trying to make the world a safer place.
Bring on the DNA tests.