The idea is similar to Apple Pay or other mobile payment systems that utilize fingerprint scanning. If implemented, tourists would have to register their fingerprints and connect them with valuable data, like credit card information, at airports and other official locations. Then, consumers would be able to buy merchandise or pay for services by simply placing two fingers on special devices scattered throughout the country. And while your fingerprint is meant to be your most unique identifier, it still won’t replace other forms of government-issued ID. For example, when you check into a hotel room, you’ll still have to flash a passport.
Such a system has already been tested in Huis Ten Bosch theme park in Sasebo, where customers were able to pay via fingerprint in 30 different stores and restaurants. It seems it achieved great success, with a park official noting, “The system has been well received by customers, including those with children, since it saves them the trouble of taking their wallets out.”
Aeon Bank is also planning on testing the technology, allowing customers to visit ATMs with nothing more than their fingers. This, the bank says, should help with the safety of the machines. “The system is also superior in the area of security, such as preventing people from impersonating our customers,” an official said.
So if you live in fear of losing your wallet, this may be the perfect time for you to head over to Japan. All you need to bring is yourself.
- Apple Card review: Two months in, the benefits just get better
- How to buy Bitcoin
- Libra Lite? Facebook Pay is the social network’s latest foray into finance
- The best Android apps (November 2019)
- The best iPhone apps available right now (November 2019)