Japan and South Korea will exchange airport customs inspectors in an effort to enhance checks on travelers during the World Cup soccer finals, which will run from May 31 to June 30, the Finance Ministry announced Tuesday.

From May 27 to June 30, six Japanese inspectors will be posted at Inchon International Airport, the chief gateway to Seoul, while four South Korean inspectors will be stationed at Narita airport just outside Tokyo, the ministry said.

Government authorities expect some 300,000 passengers to pass between Japan and South Korea during the World Cup.

Airport authorities from both countries will cooperate to screen the belongings of travelers while gathering information on suspicious travelers and suspected soccer hooligans, it added.

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