The Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (国土交通省 – Kokudo Kōtsūshō) plans to introduce full-body scanners at airports across Japan in October in preparation for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
The ministry said the first airports to get the scanners will be Narita, Haneda and Kansai airports – the three main airports in Japan. They will be installed at all international airports by 2020.
Scanners, which have already become commonplace at airports in many other countries, allow security personnel to see any suspicious weapons or other items underneath passengers’ clothing.
This will not be the first time for Japan to try out the scanners. When they were used on a trial basis in 2010, there were questions about invasion of privacy issues as body shapes were clearly showing. With the new scanners, the shape of the passenger’s body will not be defined.
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