“My Number” ID system faces further setback with erroneous deliveries


Japan’s “My Number” national identification card system, already plagued with privacy concerns, suffered a further setback on Tuesday after the government reported two cases in which ID cards were erroneously issued to people with the same names as the intended recipients.

Although the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications said that the cards issued in error were not misused, the cases also highlighted the risk that My Number cards could be abused by individuals pretending to be someone else when applying for social security or state benefits, or when undertaking tax procedures.


Kyodo News

Kyodo News