Japan to Provide Points to My Number Card Holders for Smartphone Payments


Tokyo, Sept. 3 (Jiji Press)--The Japanese government said Tuesday it will give reward points to holders of My Number tax and social security identification cards for topping up smartphone payment services.

The measure will be carried out in fiscal 2020, which starts next April, and be funded by state expenses. The decision was made at a ministerial meeting on a digital government.

The move is aimed at promoting the use of cashless payments in line with a planned consumption tax increase in October and increasing the number of My Number card holders.

The government started issuing My Number cards in calendar 2016 and holders currently total some 17.72 million.

Details of the reward program, including how much points will be provided, will be discussed later.

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