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Japan will enable those with My Number ID cards to use them in place of health insurance certificates, and will give shopping points worth ¥5,000 to My Number cardholders who make payments via smartphones, in measures unveiled Tuesday to shore up popularity of the card.

Launched in 2016, the My Number system allocated all residents a 12-digit ID number. But by the end of last month, only 13.9 percent had converted the paper slip notifying them of their number into a physical card.

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