Payment Will Soon be a Finger-Swipe Away

fingerprint-456483_960_720The day has arrived…almost. Those who live in Japan and are visiting there will soon be able to use just their fingertip to pay for goods and services. With plans to test it this summer, Japan is gearing up to have shops use a finger process for payments. Leading up to the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games, the Japanese government is introducing this project to encourage visitors. Tourists will be able to opt in at the airports and share their personal information there.

Over 300 souvenir shops, restaurants and hotels have opted in to the experiment. These shops are located in tourist areas such as Hakone, Kamakura, Yugawara in Kanagawa Prefecture, and Atami in Shizuoka Prefecture. People will place two fingers on a machine that will recognize the owner and have relevant personal details.


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