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Japanese primary school kids' bags will be tagged with RFID so that little darlings can be monitored on their way to and from school.

The telecoms ministry has announced that a primary school in Tabe, Wakayama Prefecture, will test the scheme which will log when kids pass through the gates and warn the school when they stray too close to locations deemed dangerous by staff and parents.

The project requires tag readers to be installed at the school and attached to any such undesirable locale outside. It remains to be seen if sweet shop owners will take kindly to RFID scanners clamped to their premises.

The system will offer parents the opportunity to receive updates regarding their offsprings' progress through the mean streets of Tabe via email or SMS. ®

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