Facial recognition system unveiled for Japanese passport holders at Narita airport


Automated passport control gates based on facial recognition technology were unveiled to the press Friday at Narita airport ahead of their official debut.

The unmanned gates, which will debut on Monday, will automate passport control for Japanese passengers by comparing photos of passengers’ faces with the data in their passports to confirm their identities.

Thirty-one gates will be installed at the three terminals in Japan’s main international gateway this month. They will also be introduced at Haneda (Tokyo International Airport), Chubu Centrair International Airport near Nagoya, Kansai International Airport in Osaka Prefecture and Fukuoka Airport.

The gates have been tested at Haneda airport since October.

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