The Japanese government recently announced a policy change regarding entry procedures which became effective on November 20, 2007. Under the new procedures, all non-Japanese citizens arriving in Japan will be required to submit personal identification information to immigration officers, including fingerprints and photographs. Specifically, upon admission, a facial photograph will be taken and visitors will be required to provide a digital fingerprint which will be read and stored electronically. Any foreign national who is subject to these requirements but refuses to cooperate will be denied entry to Japan. This policy change will affect all foreign nationals entering Japan with the exception of the following: (1) special permanent residents; (2) individuals under the age of 16; (3) diplomats or officials; and (4) those traveling on special government related clearances. The new policy is part of a new framework which is intended to enhance security and prevent terrorism in Japan.