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Authorities Plan Face-Scanning Security for Tokyo Olympics, Paralympics

Authorities Plan Face-Scanning Security for Tokyo Olympics, Paralympics

Japanese authorities are planning to use facial recognition-based security in the 2020 Olympics and Paralympics in Tokyo. As Japan Times reports, the measure won’t apply to spectators, but for participants including athletes and officials, as well as media representatives. These individuals will be issued ID cards by the games’ organizers, and their faces will be…

‘Full-Scale’ Introduction of Naked Payments System Begins in Japan

‘Full-Scale’ Introduction of Naked Payments System Begins in Japan

Japan-based Liquid, Inc. is getting ready for a full-scale launch of its pioneering naked payments system, officially dubbed “Touch & Pay”. The system is designed to let consumers link their payment account information directly to their fingerprints, allowing them make purchases just by tapping their fingers, with no need for physical payment cards or even…

Japan Tourism Project to Swap Credit Cards, Passports for Fingerprints

Japan Tourism Project to Swap Credit Cards, Passports for Fingerprints

Japanese authorities are preparing to test out biometric payments for a potentially large-scale deployment. The system will confirm payment transactions by scanning two fingerprints simultaneously. It’s a project being spearheaded by the government as a means of improving tourism ahead of the 2020 Olympics and Paralympics. The electronic, biometric payment system would automatically deduct taxes,…

Japan Seeks Facial Recognition for Border Security

Japan Seeks Facial Recognition for Border Security

Japan’s government is pursuing facial biometric technology for its border security. In its latest budget, the country’s Justice Ministry is looking to get about $2.69 million in funding for such a system to be implemented at its national airports. While the country’s security forces are already starting to use extensive biographic profiling of visitors as…