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Narita Airport introduces devices to speed up immigration

Jiji Press NARITA, Chiba (Jiji Press) — Narita Airport and 11 other Japanese airports on Saturday started using portable personal identification devices to speed up immigration checks, at a time when the number of tourists from abroad is soaring.

The device, called biocart, can collect fingerprint data from foreign visitors and take pictures of their faces, both required as measures to prevent terrorism under the nation’s immigration procedures, while they are waiting in lines to reach the immigration counters at airports.

At Narita Airport, 45 units of the biocart are introduced at Terminal 1 and 30 units at Terminal 2.

The portable equipment is expected to reduce the waiting time in busy hours to 20 minutes from 30 minutes at present.

Among the 11 other airports that introduced the biocart are Chubu Centrair International Airport in Aichi Prefecture, New Chitose Airport in Hokkaido, Hiroshima Airport and Fukuoka Airport.

Three airports, including Kansai International Airport in Osaka Prefecture, western Japan, started using the machine earlier.

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