Japan drafting anti-terror steps, says paper

  • AseanPlus News
  • Sunday, 05 Dec 2004

TOKYO: Japan is considering steps to allow authorities to fingerprint and photograph foreigners entering the country and to permit the deportation of suspected terrorists, a Japanese daily said yesterday.  

The proposals were included in a draft outline of security measures expected to be adopted soon by a task force on international terrorism, the Yomiuri Shimbun daily said. 

Yomiuri said the outline called for tightening security at Japanese diplomatic facilities and businesses overseas. 

Proposed legal changes would permit authorities to fingerprint and photograph foreign travellers at airports and seaports, the paper said. 

The legislative changes would be submitted to parliament in 2006 and it includes a provision that would allow suspected terrorists to be expelled.  

The security programme also called for steps such as requiring airline pilots and sea captains to submit crew and passenger manifests to authorities ahead of arrival and requiring foreign guests at hotels to record nationalities and passport numbers on registration forms, the paper said. 

Japan would dispatch experts to South-East Asian and other neighbouring countries to help detect false passports and prevent them from being used to gain entry into Japan, it said. – Reuters  

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