Nagano hotel association told to check foreign guest IDs ahead of torch relay
Kyodo News/Japan Today Wednesday 23rd April, 05:47 AM JST
Courtesy of Dave Spector and MS
NAGANO —The association of hotels and Japanese inns in the city of Nagano has requested that its members fully check the identifications of their foreign guests prior to the Beijing Olympic torch relay on Saturday as part of efforts to counter suspicious individuals, local officials said Tuesday.
In a notification issued on April 11, the association urged members to thoroughly check the passports of foreign visitors while recording whether they are cooperative, the officials said. It also called for ensuring the safety of guests when the torch relay passes in front of each facility, they said. A 57-year-old manager of a Japanese-style inn said, ‘‘While we are checking identification of our guests on a routine basis, we are worried, to be honest, about all of the reservations, which include some names of foreigners.’’