Tag - my-number



In a bureaucratic blunder, a foreign resident was assigned the identity of a completely different person — who had the same name, same nationality and even the same birthday.
JAPAN / Society
Jun 4, 2024
It wasn't me: Similar strangers given same ID in Japan
The two individuals had the same name, same nationality and even the same birthday.
Digital transformation minister Taro Kono says the government plans to use My Number ID cards to track the evacuation status of disaster victims.
Jun 4, 2024
Japan to utilize My Number cards at evacuation centers
"We want to facilitate the response of local governments and residents in the event of a disaster," digital transformation minister Taro Kono said.
My Number cardholders will soon be able to save their identity verification information on smartphones.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
May 31, 2024
Japan enacts revised My Number law enabling info on smartphones
The move is expected to boost My Number cardholders' convenience.
Apple will enable individuals to add their My Number card to their Apple Wallets, the company has said.
JAPAN / Society
May 30, 2024
My Number card feature to be launched on iPhone next spring
Apple will enable individuals to add their My Number card to their Apple Wallets, allowing them to have their identity verified without using their physical card.
Prime Minister Fumio Kishida (right) views My Number card readers during an inspection of Nihonkai General Hospital in Sakata, Yamagata Prefecture, on Sunday.
May 19, 2024
Kishida inspects hospital in northeastern Japan
The Prime Minister said that it's important to increase the use of the My Number cards in order to offer better medical services.
A new problem was reported over Fujitsu's system that allows My Number card holders to obtain copies of residence and other certificates at convenience stores.
Apr 17, 2024
Fujitsu given guidance over My Number system problem
The internal affairs ministry demanded that Fujitsu report by May 15 on its investigation into the incident and preventive measures.
People applying for My Number cards are likely to be able to present digital IDs as valid identification documents when receiving the card starting next month.
Apr 15, 2024
Government plans to allow digital IDs to receive My Number cards
The move is aimed at broadening the scope of acceptable ID methods to encourage students and workers to sign up for the cards.
Digital minister Taro Kono (second from right) and health minister Keizo Takemi hand out leaflets to promote the use of My Number cards as health insurance certificates at Jikei University Hospital in Tokyo last month.
JAPAN / Science & Health
Dec 22, 2023
Japan to scrap health insurance cards from December next year
The government aims to streamline administration and improve health care services by integrating the function of the cards into My Number cards.
Prime Minister Fumio Kishida addresses a meeting to discuss the results of comprehensive inspection of My Number information held at the Prime Minister's Office on Tuesday.
Dec 13, 2023
15,907 mistakes found over My Number info linkages
The government said it has completed personal identification checks for 82.06 million of the 82.08 million My Numbers subject to inspection.
A My Number card reader at a clinic in Tokyo
JAPAN / Science & Health
Dec 3, 2023
Half of hospitals see no merit in My Number health insurance cards
Over 70 million in Japan have already adopted the cards, but actual use remains around 4%.
Prime Minister Fumio Kishida (third from right) and Digital Minister Taro Kono (second from right) attend a meeting with experts to discuss measures to implement administrative reforms through digitalization, held on Oct. 3 at the Digital Agency in Tokyo.
Dec 1, 2023
Japan falls out of top 10 in digital government rankings
The result reflects a series of problems with the country's My Number social security and tax identification cards.
Hidemi Kataoka, a counselor in charge of policy planning at the Personal Information Protection Commission, speaks during a news conference in Tokyo on Wednesday.
Sep 20, 2023
Digital Agency given guidance over My Number issues
The agency submitted a report on the problems with the system in June, but the government commission judged the report insufficient.
Digital transformation minister Taro Kono (right) speaks during a news conference at the Digital Agency in Tokyo on Tuesday.
Sep 6, 2023
Japan to test use of My Number cards for alcohol and ticket sales
The agency will work with private business operators to examining whether use of My Number cards will help improve the efficiency of identity checks.
A reader for My Number cards doubling as health insurance cards is set up at a clinic in Kamakura, Kanagawa Prefecture, this month.
JAPAN / Society
Aug 25, 2023
Linkage of My Number and insurance cards faces delays
A survey found that the linkage work was incomplete for 770,000 people across the country for whom the process was underway.
Digital minister Taro Kono (right) tries out a device that allows the use of My Number cards as health insurance cards at Chigasaki City Hall in Kanagawa Prefecture on Aug. 9.
Aug 21, 2023
My Number and beyond: What's holding back Japan’s digitalization?
The transition from analog to digital in the public sector has been a long-standing challenge for the country, spanning at least the past two decades.
Prime Minister Fumio Kishida speaks during a news conference in Tokyo on Aug. 4.
JAPAN / Politics
Aug 21, 2023
Kishida's disapproval rate hits 50% for first time since December
According to a new nationwide survey, 79.8% of respondents lacked confidence in Kishida's handling of My Number identification card system issues.
Digital minister Taro Kono speaks at an online news conference on Tuesday.
JAPAN / Politics
Aug 15, 2023
Japan's digital minister to return pay over My Number issues
A series of personal information leaks and registration errors related to the ID cards have heightened public anxiety about the system.
Prime Minister Fumio Kishida speaks during a news conference in Tokyo on Aug. 4.
Aug 10, 2023
Kishida Cabinet approval drops to 26.6%: Jiji poll
The rate of disapproval grew 8.1 points to 47.4%, the highest since Kishida became prime minister in October 2021.
Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida (right) sits next to digital minister Taro Kono while speaking at a government review meeting on the My Number national identification cards.
PODCAST / deep dive
Aug 10, 2023
Why is modernizing Japan so darn tough?
Reporter Gabriele Ninivaggi joins us to break down how Japan’s digitalization hiccups risk exposing how backward things are.
Prime Minister Fumio Kishida (left) and Digital Minister Taro Kono observe digitized administrative procedures in the city of Fukuoka on July 27.
JAPAN / Politics
Aug 8, 2023
My Number report highlights errors by insurers and local governments
Roughly 20% of surveyed local governments followed the wrong procedures when linking My Number with disability records.


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