New immigration screening
Immigration screening methods when entering Japan have changed since November 20, 2007. Foreigners entering Japan must have their fingerprints read electronically and their faces photographed before they undergo screening at immigration, even if they have a re-entry permit. Anyone who refuses will not be permitted to enter Japan. This rule does not apply, however, to special permanent residents, persons aged under 16, those with the status of residence of "diplomat" or "official," and those invited by the head of any national governmental organization. For more details, please contact the Immigration Information Center (052-559-2151/2152).