Japan Enacts Bill to Widen Use of My Number Cards

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Tokyo, May 15 (Jiji Press)--The Diet, Japan's parliament, enacted Wednesday a bill to allow the use of My Number tax and social security identification cards as health insurance cards presented at hospitals.

The bill to revise the health insurance law was approved by a majority vote at a plenary session of the House of Councillors, the upper chamber of the Diet. The bill passed the other chamber, the House of Representatives, last month.

The revision is aimed at making the My Number cards more convenient, promoting an increase in the number of holders of the integrated circuit-embedded smart cards and improving the accuracy of identity confirmations at medical institutions.

The government hopes to put the revised law into force in March 2021.

Following the enforcement, medical institutions will be able to check information stored on the My Number cards by using card readers.

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