Japan Opens New Immigration Intelligence Center

Japan opens new immigration intelligence centerJapan's Justice Ministry has opened a new intelligence center for collecting and analyzing information on foreign visitors to identify terrorists.
The center is one way the ministry is preparing for the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Tokyo.

Officials marked the completion of the center at the ministry's immigration bureau in central Tokyo with a ceremony on Thursday.
Experts at the center will gather and analyze information from airports and local immigration offices.
The center will be used to centrally manage the information.

The new system is expected to help speed up the process at immigration counters. It is also aimed at making it easier to pinpoint anyone, such as a terrorist, who poses a national threat.

Justice Minister Yoko Kamikawa told reporters after the ceremony that she believes it's not too early to start preparing for the Olympic Games.

The minister said that the steps taken over the next 5 years will help organizers be better prepared for the event.