OGAKI, Gifu Prefecture--Customers of a bank based here can soon leave their ATM card and bankbook at home when the bank enables almost all over-the-counter services with a simple swipe of a palm.

Ogaki Kyoritsu Bank established a high-tech biometric identification system that uses a palm vein scanning system in 2012, which has been limited to selected ATMs.

The bank plans to install its palm scanning equipment at the counters of all its about 160 branches, which are in the Tokai region, Tokyo and Osaka, from next spring.

The expansion will cover almost all over-the-counter services, including purchases and cancellation of investment trust funds. It means registered customers can receive the services without producing IDs, bank cards, bankbooks or seals.

According to the company, it will be the first bank in Japan to introduce a biometric identification system for such comprehensive over-the-counter services at all its branches.

Customers can also open a bank account without a seal, something usually required at traditional Japanese banks, and choose not to have a bank card or bankbook issued.

Ogaki Kyoritsu Bank introduced the biometric identification system in response to the March 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami.

After the disaster, many people in the Tohoku region lost their bank cards and seals, requiring them to go through tedious procedures to prove their identity to make withdrawals from their banks.