Japan will begin to use facial recognition technology for departing foreign visitors this 2019. The new system will be available at Haneda airport in Tokyo before transferring to other big airports including Chiba, Osaka, Fukuoka, Aichi, Hokkaido, and Okinawa prefectures. Foreigners have to place their passports over an electronic scanner and stand close to a camera attached to the immigration counters for facial scanning. The system will then identify if the passport photo matches the photo taken at the counter. The immigration officials hope that the new technology will ease the process at the airports.