Japanese Pension Data Inputs Subcontracted to Chinese Firm
Tokyo, March 20 (Jiji Press)—An information processing firm in Tokyo assigned to input the personal information of some five million Japanese pensioners had outsourced the work to a company in China in breach of the contract with the Japan Pension Service, welfare ministry officials said Monday.
There have been no reports of data leaks involved in the case, the officials said.
The information include income and My Number social security and taxation identification numbers, which pensioners submit to the Japan Pension Service to receive tax deductions.
Under the contract with the Japan Pension Service, which operates public pension service, the Tokyo company is banned from subcontracting the data entry operations in order to protect pensioner information.
Over the data entry operations assigned to the Tokyo company, at least some 67,000 pensioners ended up receiving lower amounts of benefits than supposed last month due to data entry mistakes and improper handling of their data.
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