Japan’s airport biometric security system was embarrassed by a news last week that a South Korean woman has successfully passed through its fingerprint reading machine by using a special tape.
The woman was deported in 2007 for overstaying and barred from re-entering Japan for five years. She was however found in August 2008 to have re-entered the country using a fake passport and special tapes which altered her fingerprints to pass through the fingerprint reader.
Japanese airports began (in Nov 2007) fingerprinting and photographing all foreigners aged 16+ upon their entry as a security measure to scan for terrorists, criminals or deportees. A few other countries, including South Korea, are planning to implement similar system in near future… they might want to think twice now.
Official tourism promotion video for Japan’s Kagoshima Prefecture, which showcases the state’s natural beauty, food culture, city lifestyle and traditional festivals.