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The ruling Liberal Democratic Party’s judicial panel refused Friday to endorse a government draft bill to tighten the immigration law by fingerprinting foreigners upon their arrival in Japan, saying the law needs to be further strengthened to fight terrorism, party members said.

The decision by the LDP Judicial Affairs Division may affect the content of the bill, as well as its scheduled endorsement at a Cabinet meeting Feb. 24, to be followed by submission to the Diet.

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