Source: The Yomiuri Shimbun
The Japanese government started testing a system to allow foreign tourists to use their finger prints to verify their identy and use it to make purchases. This is supposed to relieve tourists of the stresses of having to carry local currency during the 2020 Olympics. Tourists will be able to register their information at the airport. When making purchases, the tourist will be able to places two fingers onto a special scanner installed at stores. This scanner will also allow for tourist to bypass the need for showing their passports when they check in to hotels, a a legal requirement in Japan. The hope is that this system will help increase tourism in the country to 40 Million people per year.
Obvious questions about safety of the data and the willingness of tourists to subject themselves to something that even the locals do not have to subject themselves to is a huge impediment to this programs success.
However, Japan has been making a concerted effort to entice it’s people to adopt this technology. Some Japanese banks have signed on. But it has competition on other new paymentech from Apple Pay, Samsung Pay, and Google Wallet.