Japan to trial pay-by-fingerprint programme for tourists

Japan to trial pay-by-fingerprint programme for tourists

Japan is embarking on a trial of technology that will enable tourists visiting the country to pay for goods and services using only their fingerprints, according to local press reports.

The government-led pilot will see tourists visiting popular places such as Hakone, Kamakura and Yugawara in Kanagawa Prefecture this summer register their fingerprints and credit card information at the airport.

Then, at around 300 venues - stores, restaurants and hotels - the visitors will be able to make payments by scanning two fingers on readers, eliminating the need to carry cash and cards.

The plan is to gradually expand the service so that it is in place across the country by 2020, when an influx of tourists is expected for the Olympic and Paralympic Games in Tokyo.

According to The Yomiuri Shimbun, a government-led body will collect user data to map movements and spending habits, which will inform tourism policies.

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