Japan plans to launch a new payment system using fingerprints

The Japanese government is planning to launch a new system that allows overseas visitors to make purchases using their fingerprints. The new system will launch in the summer in an attempt to invite more tourists to visit Tokyo at the Olympic Games held in 2020.

Japan is one of the most popular travel destinations in the world. The country has been attracting more and more visitors thanks to its stunning  temples and buildings which marks a unique blend of traditional and modern. One thing that may concern you is that you will have to change your money while in Japan. However, the Japanese government is planning to launch a new system which enables fingerprint to be used as currency.

According to sources, the new system will be deployed in more than 300 souvenir shops, restaurants, hotels and other establishments at key tourist locations including Atami, Hakone, Kamakura and Yugawara. The system aims to make reservations and shopping more convenient, eliminating the need for passport to be used among visitors.

All you have to do is to register your details including credit card information and fingerprint. That’s simple and you can start shopping and checking in at hotels. According to the Japanese government, the new system will launch in the summer 2016.

According to some experts, the new payment system will be Japan’s first effort to encourage overseas tourists to visit the Japanese capital. Sources say that the Japanese government targets more than 40 million overseas visitors by 2020. Tech analysts say that the new payment system is a useful tool to protect visitors’ personal details from attacks while traveling internationally.

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