Japan Govt OKs Bill to Expand Scope of Use of My Number IDs


Tokyo, March 7 (Jiji Press)--The Japanese government on Tuesday adopted a bill to revise laws related to the My Number personal identification number and My Number card in order to expand the scope of their use toward creating a more convenient digital society.

The bill, approved at a cabinet meeting, calls for allowing the My Number card, which carries a 12-digit social security and tax number, to be used for acquiring and renewing national qualifications such as barber's and architect's licenses.

Also, regarding clerical work for which the use of My Numbers is permitted, the bill seeks to have ministerial ordinances set the types of personal information that can be handled in such work, instead of requiring legal changes. The move is expected to allow, for example, benefits to be paid more quickly in the event of the spread of a new infectious disease by utilizing the My Number system.

In addition, the bill calls for introducing a special system aimed at getting more elderly people to link their bank accounts that are used to receive pensions to their My Numbers.

The bill also includes measures related to the government's plan to abolish the current health insurance card and integrate it into the My Number card in autumn 2024.

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