Japan and the United States on Friday concluded a pact to provide each other instant access to fingerprint data to check the identity of people suspected of involvement in serious crimes such as terrorism.
The Agreement on Preventing and Combating Serious Crime was signed by Parliamentary Senior Vice Foreign Minister Norio Mitsuya and U.S. Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy in Tokyo, according to Japanese officials.
Japan plans to submit the pact to parliament following Cabinet approval later this month. But the pact is not expected to become operational for a few years.