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On Tuesday, Japan tightened its immigration procedures for all foreigners entering the country. The full story can be found here.

The new system, designed to prevent terrorism, has caused widespread dismay among travellers to the country.

Anyone entering Japan, regardless of whether they're a tourist, a businessman or a terrorist, will now be fingerprinted, photographed and interviewed extensively about the reason for their visit (eg. sightseeing, visiting relatives, mass carnage etc.)

No one is exempt from the new system. Even visiting world leaders will be fingerprinted upon arrival.....






Here's a breakdown of what to expect:

stage 1 - THE INTERVIEW

Immigration officers will now be asking every foreign entrant a series of probing questions....










Failure to answer this final question correctly within five seconds will result in immediate deportation.



stage 2 - THE FINGERPRINT

To the disgust of many, even incoming dogs will be subjected to this humiliating procedure.





stage 3 - THE PHOTOGRAPH

Each international airport now has its own resident photographer to help compile a visual database of arriving travellers.

Kansai Airport's Yasuda Nobuo (below), a distinguished former wedding photographer, will work around the clock, photographing every foreigner entering the country through the airport.


Yasuda offers a friendly smile.



Incredibly, even the new procedures have failed to escape Japan's love of all things cute, with each entrant being photographed besides one of Japan's most famous manga characters, Doraemon.

The photo below is of Kevin Chang from Singapore, one of the first to make it through immigration on Tuesday.





Some good news though - anyone under the age of 16 is exempt from the tight security procedures, which means someone like this mischievous little laddie will have no trouble getting in....





However, should you look too nervous at any point, it won't be just the questions that are probing.....


"This won't take a minute, sir.......actually, it'll take about ten."
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On Friday, 23 November, 2007, Anonymous Harvey said:

English man, I'm glad you see you taking a humorous look at this ridiculous new law. This blog is the dog's bollocks!  



On Friday, 23 November, 2007, Blogger lina said:

a funny view for a serious issue  



On Saturday, 24 November, 2007, Anonymous Michaels said:

Look at Mr Changs face. I reckon he's either happy, aroused, or trying to hold in a fart.

I would say something of worth on this serious issue, but I'll probably end up on a rant. Let's just say, so wrong, on so many levels.  



On Sunday, 25 November, 2007, Anonymous Deas said:

Thanks for the lighthearted take on such a doom and gloom topic, sir. Quite enjoyable. In fact, I vote that you revamp it as policy continues to change. :-) It's much appreciated.  



On Sunday, 25 November, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said:

Very, very funny.  



On Monday, 26 November, 2007, Blogger Gabriel Chin said:

at least there's no dna or blood samples to be taken (for the time being) right?  



On Tuesday, 27 November, 2007, Blogger tornados28 said:

All of my fingerprints were scorched off in an unfortunate blow torching accident. Will I be allowed to enter Japan?  



On Thursday, 29 November, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said:

the system is made in USA so that both countries can share the data collected on either entry point! What a beautiful friendship...i (a japanese) am crying.....  



On Thursday, 29 November, 2007, Blogger Invader Stu said:

Will they take a photo of my best side  



On Wednesday, 12 December, 2007, Blogger Zaty said:

intriguing stuff.

the last procedure made me LMAO
(tho it's not unlikely ;P)

heheh =)  



On Wednesday, 12 December, 2007, Blogger Shantanu said:

LOL, that was funny! :-)

On a serious note, other than for the 'probing questions', I guess I go through the same routine when entering the US (which I do every other month!). Hasn't been as bad as it once seemed - I mean the fingerprinting and photo routine.

I think the security checks where you have to take your shoes off, not being able to carry liquids (meaning alcohol in my case!) are much more painful for a frequent traveller like me.  



On Thursday, 13 December, 2007, Blogger mandy said:

Definitely too tight.  



On Friday, 14 December, 2007, Blogger zichi said:

I'm a Permanent Resident of Japan, from the UK and have lived here since 1994. Japan has never been attacked by foreign terrorists and if such attack is likely it will happen overseas. Japan has been attacked by home grown terrorists. The introduction of fingerprinting is against the Japanese Constitution which affords protection to all peoples who are in Japan and not just Japanese nationals.  



On Saturday, 01 March, 2008, Blogger Clarke said:

The exact copy of american immigration procedure, with some bowings.  



On Tuesday, 29 December, 2009, Anonymous Anonymous said:

I have no arms or legs for that matter. Does that mean I am unable to enter Japan?
PS They were blown off in a terrorist attack.  



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