Absolutely no comment: Japan ups checks for foreigners
Japan says the new move is an anti-terrorist measure that will also cut crime.
Human rights organisations say it violates foreigners’ rights to privacy and could encourage xenophobia.
They complain it implies that foreigners are most likely to commit acts of terrorism or commit crimes on Japanese soil.
So far there has been no terrorism in Japan committed by foreigners.
Incidents like the sarin gas attacks on commuters on the Tokyo subway were carried out by other Japanese.