Protest sheet update v1.1

Tract1.1 Protest sheet against fingerprints policy in Japan
Thanks to readers' feedback, the update is available, with a grain of love inside and even a mobile access ! Scan the QR code with your cell phone and spread the word to your friends via mobile email.

Caution: the usage of the tract is yours but please to be responsible. No littering, no public distribution - prior authorization is required. We suggest to behave in clean and matured manners and avoid confrontation. A key purpose of this tract is to raise awareness to Japanese people.

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Wanna new fingerprints ?

Tsutomu Matsumoto is a Japanese mathematician, a cryptographer who works on security, and he decided to see if he could fool the machines which identify you by your fingerprint. This home science project costs about £20. Take a finger and make a cast with the moulding plastic sold in hobby shops. Then pour some liquid gelatin (ordinary food gelatin) into that mould and let it harden. Stick this over your finger pad: it fools fingerprint detectors about 80% of the time. The joy is, once you’ve fooled the machine, your fake fingerprint is made of the same stuff as fruit pastilles, so you can simply eat the evidence.

Read more here:
Make your own ID
Ben Goldacre
The Guardian
Saturday November 24 2007

Protester dans le plâtre



Mainichi.jp: Editorial: Gov't must think hard about fingerprinting foreigners

Editorial: Gov't must think hard about fingerprinting foreigners

Japan has started a new system obligating foreigners entering the country to provide their fingerprints and face photos. The United States started a similar process following the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and the government has gone along with this, revising the immigration law to make it obligatory for foreigners to take these steps.

Data collected from foreigners entering the country will be matched with that assembled on about 18,000 fugitives on Interpol and Japanese law enforcers' lists, as well another roughly 800,000 who have previously been deported from Japan with the aim of preventing entry into the country for those who match the data.

The Justice Ministry insists that the measures are an anti-terrorism step and Justice Minister Kunio Hatoyama created controversy with his statements about an associate in Al-Qaeda, and there are doubts about how effective this process will be. The system still makes it very difficult to capture terrorists who have no prior convictions and it is not possible to say that the government can adequately cover every port of entry, especially when it comes to those entering by sea and particularly those smuggled in.

Where the system will show its teeth is combating those entering illegally using false passports. Of the roughly 56,000 people deported from Japan last year, about 7,300 had been expelled from the country at least once before, including some foreigners who should never have been allowed into the country in the first place, and immigration authorities were widely criticized for their lax control. Immigration and law enforcers also had to suffer a backlash after it was learned that fugitive members of the Japanese Red Army had been sneaking in and out of Japan using false passports. But the new system should make it impossible for repeated re-entry into the country using false passports. The new system should also prove effective in countering the crime gangs who leave the country following raids, come back in again once things have calmed down and then flee once more.

Surrounded by water on all sides, immigration authorities obviously saw implementation of the current system as a task of great importance, but there are many things that need to be taken into account when considering this first attempt at halting crime by foreigners coming to Japan. To ease the problems associated with taking people's fingerprints and keep the system in process, naturally clear explanations of the system are necessary and it goes without saying that steps must be taken to make sure the data collection process is spread up so that it does not become a burden on those foreigners entering the country.

The ministry must also clearly state the standards by which collected data will be preserved and handled. Going by what the ministry has said so far, the data collected will not be necessary if the person who presented it is not on any of the lists used for comparing it with. Even considering keeping the fingerprints and photos on file in case of trouble while the presenter is in the country, this data should be destroyed when the person leaves the country, or at least after a set period of time. There should be a set limit for how long this data can be kept. Considering that there have been many criticisms of faults in the U.S. system, the government must, on the basis of controlling individuals' private information, set clear steps of the processes involved in dealing with what happens when somebody's details match those on the lists and what happens when somebody is mistakenly added to those lists. It is also essential that punishments be put in place for any misuse of the information obtained.

The ministry must also outline its long-term vision of how it plans to improve the working conditions of foreign laborers in Japan and unskilled foreign workers in the country. Japan has been widely criticized for the abuse and poor payment that foreign trainees coming to this country have received here and it is a fact that many of the foreign laborers here without visas are widely appreciated. When tightening immigration controls, the government must also make sure that this does not lead to unfair discrimination and also protects the rights of foreign laborers coming to work here.

If the government is not going to place importance on the situation of foreigners coming to Japan or international opinion in favor of coming up with measures to fight crime, it is not going to receive widespread support for its new system.

(Mainichi Japan) November 24, 2007

Mainichi special: Fingerprinting fury

毎日新聞: 社説:新しい入国審査 安心できる仕組みが欲しい

毎日新聞: 社説:新しい入国審査 安心できる仕組みが欲しい








毎日新聞 2007年11月24日 0時14分


Mobilization of the people

This is my first post on this blog, so I'd like to say a quick thank you to Thomas for the invitation.

As an Australian living in Japan with my Japanese family, I was upset at the idea of having to be separated from my family when we return from an overseas trip. I can't understand why I am going to be singled out and treated like a suspect.

The government has been touting this system to prevent terrorism but I think it will only end up discouraging tourism.

After being introduced to this group by another teacher at the same university, I have become much more active in creating awareness about this issue and asking people to get involved and promote the petition.

If you have you have Japanese Family, Friends, Coworkers or Associates, please let the know about this issue. There has been precious little about this issue on the Japanese news and the average citizen probably doesn't realize what a bad situation this is for their foreign friends.

So I ask you to write about this on your blogs, e-mail friends and family, sign the petition or even attend demonstrations. And for those who have already been doing this, thank you.

Japan Times: Starting today, 'gaijin' formally known as prints

Starting today, 'gaijin' formally known as prints
Japan Times, Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2007 By GRAEME JARVIE

Today sees the introduction of a law requiring the majority of foreigners entering Japan to be fingerprinted and photographed. This change has been met with howls of protest from foreign residents and the foreign media, who have pointed to the fact that the only terrorist attacks on Japanese soil have been carried out by Japanese.

Matters were not helped by recent comments from Justice Minister Kunio Hatoyama, who attempted to justify the law by saying a "friend of a friend" of his was an al-Qaida operative who had entered Japan a number of times, using a different fake passport on each occasion.

In an effort to get an inside perspective on the new law, I wrote to a high-ranking Ministry of Injustice official closely involved in the planning and implementation of the measure. My source, who wishes to remain anonymous, sent the following statement by e-mail:

"Firstly, let me explain exactly what Mr. Hatoyama meant by his comments at the Foreign Correspondents' Club. What he was trying to emphasize was the relative ease with which foreigners bent on causing harm can enter Japan. Rather than giving dry statistics or resorting to vague and empty scare tactics, Mr. Hatoyama thought it would be better to give a concrete example of why this law is necessary. He also hoped to show that, despite his position as justice minister and scion of one of Japan's most famous political families, he is comfortable moving in any social circle. In hindsight, his choice of words was perhaps inappropriate, but the truth in what he said is undeniable. The simple fact is that this law will make Japan a safer country by tightening its borders and preventing would-be terrorists from entering.

"The main beneficiaries of this law will not be the Japanese or even foreigners living here, but foreigners who haven't even been here, and the international community as a whole.

"Take the bankruptcy of Nova Corp. Thousands of foreign teachers have been left jobless and facing eviction in a country where many of them cannot speak the language. Had this new law been enacted years ago this unfortunate situation could have been avoided.

"Consider why these people came to Japan — to teach foreign languages, mainly English, to Japanese people. Why do Japanese people want to learn? Partly to help foreign visitors who come to Japan for pleasure or business. The unique history and culture of Japan attract millions of visitors to these islands each year. However, the new law will significantly reduce this number so the need for foreign language teachers will decline sharply, and it is highly unlikely there will be a repeat of the Nova fiasco.

"In addition to protecting people from taking risky teaching jobs in Japan, this law will also help reduce the effect of brain drain on a number of countries. Huge numbers of Asians currently take advantage of Japan's generous immigration laws to come here and work. Although they often send money home, the fact that they have had to move overseas has a serious effect on the quality of the workforce in their home country. Again, the new law will reduce the number of foreigners in Japan, and the benefits of this will be felt throughout Asia as countries' brightest brains choose to stay and work in the land of their birth.

"The new immigration controls will also impact on globalization and its benefits for developing countries. The new law will probably cause some companies to close their offices in Japan and relocate to countries with less stringent border controls: developing nations in Asia, for example. As it has done in the past, the generosity of the Japanese government will allow other countries to develop economically and socially. Japan is a rich nation, but not a greedy one, and is glad to spread the benefits of globalization and free markets as widely as possible. This new law will indirectly allow us to do so.

"Of course, there will be benefits for the Japanese: Fewer foreign workers will mean more jobs for Japanese and this may go some way toward combating the growing income gap in Japan. Also, the pressure to learn English will be reduced, and this will allow Japanese people to spend more time studying their own country's history, traditions and culture. English will become an optional language for those who really want to study it, and there will still be enough foreigners here to meet the reduced demand. But, as I outlined above, the main benefits will be felt internationally, as Japan steps back slightly on the world stage and graciously allows some other countries the chance to shine."

Note: This is a fictitious e-mail from a fictitious government official.

This is the translation of Graeme Jarvie's article "Starting today, 'gaijin' formally known as prints" published in the 11/20 edition of the Japan Times.
11月20日のジャパンタイムスに掲載されたGraeme Jarvie氏の記事「本日から、以前「プリント」として知られていた「外人」が登場!」









Petição para acabar com o restabelecimento das impressões digitais de todos os estrangeiros entrando no Japão

Petição para acabar com o restabelecimento das impressões digitais de todos os estrangeiros entrando no Japão - incluindo moradores - como introduzidas pelo "Immigration Control Act" e Reconhecimento de Refugiados a partir de 20 de Novembro de 2007 no Japão:
Abolition of Non Japanese fingerprinting program


Japanese TV: Japan passes measure to fingerprint foreigners

The "Yokoso Japan 11/20" Commemorative T-shirt

-Une façon de dire non, avec un t-shirt...

-To "voice" your displeasure with the policy please wear your t-shirt proudly as you pass through the immigration procedures at Japan customs and immigration control.

Official site.


D-Day: GOJ voice, how to...

Souriez, on prend vos empreintes

Information or GOJ voice ?

Information: Japan to fingerprint visitors and foreign residents, workpermit.com

New rules requiring fingerprints for visitors and foreigners living in Japan will go into effect on 20 November 2007. The Japanese government says the procedure is a necessary security measure to prevent terrorist attacks inside the country.

The system is modelled after a similar United States program instituted in 2003 that requires travellers entering the country to provide fingerprints and facial photos when they apply for visas.
Latest news

However, the Japanese system goes further by requiring Japan's 2.1 million foreign residents, as well as visitors, to be fingerprinted and photographed when entering the country.

GOJ voice: Use fingerprints, photos to boost security, The Yomiuri Shimbun

The revised Immigration Control and Refugee Recognition Law will go into effect Tuesday, introducing new immigration checks that require foreign visitors to be fingerprinted and photographed when they enter the country.

The main objective of the revised law is to block terrorists and foreign criminals from entering the country. If it is proven to be effective, Japan's reputation as a safe country will be bolstered.

In the past, a man linked to Al-Qaida passed through Japan's immigration despite the fact there was an international warrant for his arrest, complete with his fingerprints. Such a blunder must not be repeated. Fingerprint data collected at immigration can be used in criminal investigations in cases in which police find fingerprints at the scene of a crime believed to have been committed by non-Japanese.

Together with strengthening immigration checks, we hope the government will take all possible means to ensure coastal security and prevent terrorism in this country.


Some anonymous comments from the petition


Anonymous 1:

I moved to Japan after my marriage 7 years ago and request that the fingerprinting be abolished for non-tourists. It is humiliating, insulting, discriminatory and driving away tourism and their hard currency, forcing businessmen who travel frequently in and out of Japan to relocate their main offices to other Asian countries , and will further decrease population (their families will also be relocated with them) and tax payers who provide the base for Japan's ever increasing pension and medical care needs for an aging population.

What Japan is doing with this fingerprinting is losing the esteem and good will of the world, driving away tourists from knowledge of millenia of Japanese culture, people and Japanese traditional courtesy and way of life in the short term and is self-destructive for Japan in the long term. Japan has one of the highest literacy rates in the world--higher than the US and many European countries; how can a country with such intelligence do something so self-destructive? (How can a Minister have a friend of a friend who is Al-Qaeda?)

I am afraid for the future of Japan. Japanese refuse to accept fingerprinting as it is associated with criminals. How can Japan Ministry of Education justify hiring esteemed professors to teach young Japanese and supply skills while at the same time treating these foreign residents when they arrive in Japan by air as potential terrorists, splitting up families in Immigration and sending small children through the Japanese line alone while the foreign parent goes through the "suspected terrorist" line for all foreigners?
The children then are left unattended in the baggage area for the foreign parent to be processed which may take hours. (Has Japan so quickly forgotten the little 7-year-old girl who was killed several weeks ago during the few minutes she went to put her bike on the sie of the house after coming home and talking to her sisters at the front door?)

How can Japan treat a first time unknown tourist from a possibly hostile country the same as a permanent resident who has been working in Japan for the benefit of Japan and the Japanese, made Japan home for family, children and grandchildren? Why? All the reasons given are neither true nor logical, but are definitely discriminatory and ineffective and insulting and will cause a brain-drain, a business drain and a tourist halt which means more economic and financial woes for Japan.
This will end up being most unfair to the senior citizens of Japan and will further discourage young Japanese people from having families. I fear that Japan will disappear if Japan continues on this path. That would be a great loss for the world and world culture and history.

Anonymous 2:

Ya es bastante que nos traten como ciudadanos de segunda clase al llegar al aeropuerto haciendonos esperar largas colas (mientras los japoneses pasan rapidamente y les atiende mas personal). Mejor que desnuden a los japoneses a ver cuantos llevan tatuajes. Si no quieren extranjeros simplemente que prohiban el acceso a Japon.

Anonymous 3:

It's a shame. I know that many prefectures are trying to increase the number of inbound foreign visitors...at the same time this will be yet another reason for people not to bother coming to Japan. The fingerprinting laws are the main reason i haven't traveled around the USA...I'm sad that many people will be put off coming out to Japan. Do the government really think we're all terrorists?
Japon Mutliple

Anonymous 4:

私の妻は外国籍です。改正入国管理法に反対します。 私の妻が犯罪者のように取り扱われるのは屈辱です。 アメリカの真似をしたようですがアメリカでもグリーンカードを所持している市民は別待遇です。
Yokoso Japan Bus


Fr: La pétition

La pétition contre les nouvelles mesures d'entrée au Japon pour les étrangers est en ligne. Plus de 1000 signatures reccueillies en 10 jours.
Abolition of Non Japanese fingerprinting programLink