Japan launches ‘My Number’ national ID system

06/10/15

Japan has launched a national identification system that will be used for taxation and social security payments, with a 12-digit number to be assigned to all citizens.

The law concerning "My Number" identification system took effect on Monday, with registered mail containing notification cards for the system now being sent to all households.

Citizens can request a “Personal Number Card” , which will be delivered to individuals for free starting in January.

It can be used as an identification card to access government service, in which personal information is stored in an IC chip..

Tokyo plans to make it possible to use the card to receive national health insurance benefits, which now require presentation of a hokensho (health insurance certificate) card.

The My Number law initially establishes links between separate personal information on taxation, social security and disaster relief benefits held by the central and local governments.

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