ID&Trust teamed up with leading multinational partners to develop an e-passport solution for the Japanese government that fully complies with both international travel document standards and rigorous domestic security requirements.

Japanese government agencies were looking for a new chip-based e-passport solution with advanced safety features which meets Japan’s stringent security and verification requirements as well as international passport standards.


ID&Trust was awarded the contract as a consortium member alongside Japanese general contractor Maxell and chip supplier Infineon. The project took a little over a year to complete. Our task was primarily to develop the e-passport function. Advisory services, offered as part of most of our projects, were not needed this time, as Japan has well-defined requirements in place for all elements of the electronic travel document ecosystem and every stage of document issuance.

We developed an application for the chip platform provided by our project partner, in compliance with these standards as well as with the requirements of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). The latter is a key prerequisite for the international interoperability of electronic travel documents. In some cases, such as personalization, national standards and requirements are broader than those of ICAO. For the data storage units of the passports, we created a customized version of our e-identification card solution, IDentity Suite.

We also offered expert help with preparing the necessary documents for the evaluation of the solution. Commissioned by Maxell, the evaluation was carried out according to the Common Criteria (CC) international certification programme and in line with Japanese requirements by TÜViT, a trusted auditor of national security solutions in Germany.


The solution has proven highly effective in curbing the illegal use and forgery of Japanese passports. The chip-equipped documents have also made it much easier for Japanese citizens to cross borders.