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When taking my wife to the city hospital for her appointments, we have found the check-in lines to show insurance info, have been even slower because of My Number cards, the clerks say the same thing.

16 ( +26 / -10 )

Japan always overcomplicating things.

In Korea, with your resident's card which everyone have, people can both use their need med. insurance and get residence related documents. Japan could have done someone similar. Use an already established system and expanded its use.

But nope. Let's create this entirely new and different system that nobody want, give it cringe name, make a cute logo (that rainbow cloud thing) to "make it appealing?" Then keep pushing it when it clearly doesn't look efficient.

9 ( +29 / -20 )

Tried using it once at the hospital, didnt work, because the IC chip in the card is malfunctioning, and when I went to the municipal office to get it checked out again, they again told me I had to pay 1,500 yen to replace the card.

Evidently the chips failing is rather common.

So they automatically assumed I was going to pay, as they took out the paperwork, and were setting up the computer to "reregister" me, and I took my card back and told them very nicely that it wouldnt be neccessary, and I walked out of the office.

14 ( +28 / -14 )

About half of the hospitals that accept My Number identification cards as health insurance certificates in Japan say they see no benefit for patients, a recent labor ministry survey showed, despite the government's push for people to register for the integrated cards.

The 'merit' is all for the LDP to get their hands on and be able to tax all of the off the book, 'underground ' labor and savings that go on in Japan.

Leveraging times when people are having health issues and possibly cannot work their precarious, contract, freelance , zero-hour work is also so typical of lizard-brain bureaucracy.

-5 ( +22 / -27 )

Of course, there is no merit, it's all about the Government controlling the people.

-7 ( +22 / -29 )

So they automatically assumed I was going to pay, as they took out the paperwork, and were setting up the computer to "reregister" me, and I took my card back and told them very nicely that it wouldnt be neccessary, and I walked out of the office.

If this is true story kudos Yubaru, boss move.

Maybe if more people did like you the LDP would reconsider more of their ill-planned policies.

10 ( +18 / -8 )

No surprise there, how much tax payer money did THAT cost?

-2 ( +14 / -16 )

Combine the cards! One less card to have in your wallet.

11 ( +19 / -8 )

This my number thing is a mess.

-5 ( +16 / -21 )

This isn't the "my number" card fault this is the hospitals!

I use 3 different hospitals my regular cardiologist, the affiliated major hospital if needed, and a specialist hospital for an autoimmune problem.

My cardiologist has moved to integrate her system moved away from paper and embarrassed the My number card! The affiliated hospital has fully integrated my number, in both cases all a have to do is go in put my card in the reader and done, my appointment is confirmed, after seeing he doctor etc... my billing and prescription are printed by the teller machine, I am done while those using the old system stand in line for manual check, print outs and wait to pay.

This is the same silliness the University hospital I go to for my autoimmune problem.

I that case I need to go to the appointment machine put my hospital card in wait for a paper print out, then go to the counter with my print out hand over my old insurance card or put the My number card in the reader wait for the person to print another paper, take all of it to my appointment, after seeing the doctor, I have to got to another counter hand in the hospital card and papers wait for confirmation get my print outs then go to the payment machine pay wait for more print outs.

My pharmacy has my "My number card" on file, I can scan the QR code on the prescription or if no QR code take a photo (from hospitals and doctors that haven't integrated the my number) they send me the time after which my meds will be ready.

After that time I just go in put my card in the chip reader they bring my my meds I pay and leave while other in the pharmacy before me are still waiting for the pharmacist to get their meds process their old insurance card, etc..

11 ( +18 / -7 )

This could be a complete lack of communication from the government about the advantages of the system (which is unfortunately very common in Japan) so the Hospitals are expected just to obey without even knowing if the change have any merits for them.

Or it can be something that genuinely lacks convenience, specially for big and modern hospitals that have already their own electronic systems for the patient information that work well without having to link it with the rest of the systems the MNC is used for.

8 ( +14 / -6 )

But the My Number ID system has become unpopular among the public following revelations of personal information leaks and registration errors,

My Number gave my family 5x 20,000 yen in digital money. If there are slight problems and glitches with the system, these can be forgotten by going out and spending your free 100,000 yen. Centralization of data carries all kinds of risks, but I will rail against it when such issues happen, not before.

For comparison, the UK spent far more than the Tokyo Olympics on a failed attempt to computerize the NHS and a non-functional track and trace app during Covid. Compared to those, My Number seems quite competent.

8 ( +11 / -3 )

To me it seems like they're just replacing one card with another, and to do that hospitals need to install and learn to use a new device. I can understand why they are not too excited.

8 ( +8 / -0 )

But the My Number ID system has become unpopular among the public following revelations of personal information leaks …

People have no problem loading all their personal data for social media app registrations and then upload photos and videos of their entire day’s activities without any sense of privacy … yet they start to worry about personal information leaks with my number card!

GET WITH THE SYSTEM since my number card is here to stay until LDP is in power ( LDP will remain in power for many decades )!

7 ( +15 / -8 )

virusrex

Today 10:15 am JST

This could be a complete lack of communication from the government about the advantages of the system (which is unfortunately very common in Japan) so the Hospitals are expected just to obey without even knowing if the change have any merits for them.

Actually my friend has a seirichi company that deals with half his clients being doctor's offices.

He has tried and tried to get his clients to upgrade since the government plan was announced, he has even developed a simpler central billing option, which means a simple reading of the card and all billing payments etc...would be faster simpler and quicker.

80% of his clients refused to integrate my number, the automated payments system the paperless process etc...

So his staff must still go pickup the weekly paperwork, process by hand and bill the appropriate authorities or insurance company for these doctors!

And if you don't think this is true, look around and ask "why do so many hospitals, doctors and pharmacies still really on FAX?"

I previously had a very nice pharmacist, but no app for appointments, no way to scan my prescription and pick it up, he did have a fax I could fax my prescription but I don't have a home phone or fax!

The problem in Japan is my doctors, hospitals, pharmacies, and much of the population are being dragged kicking and screening into the 21st century still clinging to their fax machines and flip phones.

2 ( +11 / -9 )

Half of hospitals see no merit in My Number health insurance cards: survey

so, that means half DO see the merit?

please enlighten us. What are the merits?

-4 ( +8 / -12 )

No problems using My Number but I don't use it for my hospital visits. The health card system is quick and works. Next year it will probably become compulsory.

I send a photo of my prescription to the pharmacist on my iPhone and it's ready when I go to collect. He also sends me Line messages to ask about my condition and whether there are any reactions to the drugs.

13 ( +14 / -1 )

In Korea, with your resident's card which everyone have, people can both use their need med. insurance and get residence related documents.

> Japan could have done someone similar. Use an already established system and expanded its use.

Would have worked just fine for foreigners only! Japan doesnt have a residents card for citizens! They had no choice but to start from scratch!

4 ( +9 / -5 )

shogun36

Today 11:24 am JST

Half of hospitals see no merit in My Number health insurance cards: survey

> so, that means half DO see the merit?

> please enlighten us. What are the merits?

Hospitals that have fully integrated the system:

I don't need a hospital card, I put my IC my number card in the reader the machine tells me my appointment location and number, option to print my appointment, I go to the location wait, see the doctor, leave no need for paperwork, go to the billing/reception area, put My number card in the reader my bill is shown , my portion is displayed I pay, option to print my bill, I pay, my prescription it printed, I scan to QR code on the prescription send to my pharmacy that has also fully intergrade the system, I am given a time after which I can pickup my meds and pay without waiting.

No my number or no integrated hospital.

I need to present my hospital card, put in a machine get a printout got to the "verification" counter wait in line wait for them to verify my insurance card is still valid, wait for the printout, go to the area of my examination, present the load of papers, wait to see the doctor, after seeing the doctor wait for more printouts, take to bigger load of paperwork to the reception/billing, wait on the long line, hand all the papers in with the hospital card and wait for another printout and a billing number, wait for my number on the giant monitor to show up when it does got to the counter or machine give/put in my hospital card pay my bill wait for my receipt and prescription to be printed without QR code.

So now I have to either take a photo of the prescription to email to my pharmacy or go there and wait for my meds!

The reluctance and ",see no benefits" are hospitals and doctors that refuse to stop wasting paper, doing everything manually and giving up their fax machines and archaic ways.

I don't even get a printout of my meds anymore, my pharmacy has an App with all my meds listed all integrated with "my number" in an emergency any hospital fully integrated can view my history with accuracy.

4 ( +8 / -4 )

The only benefit is to the corrupt companies rolling out the new crap system.

1 ( +8 / -7 )

Printouts from the pharmacist for the drugs issued are still required to ensure the person remembers how to take them. I currently take five drugs and easy to forget when to take each one.

Our local pharmacist accepts Photos online but not emails.

The problem next year will be if using My Number for health becomes compulsory will those people without a My Number card.

I haven't I have seen a QR code on a prescription. Going to the hospital on Thursday so I will check.

2 ( +3 / -1 )

Imagine being elderly and needing to deal with this complex mess and having to visit the city hall multiple times to arrange the mynumber card. Even in conbinis I see a bug problem with the sudden introduction of new technologies and elderly customers not understanding how to pay which ends up leading to age discrimination.

-3 ( +5 / -8 )

wallace

Today 11:27 am JST

No problems using My Number but I don't use it for my hospital visits. The health card system is quick and works. Next year it will probably become compulsory.

You are correct, unless things have changed the deadline to get a my number card if fall 2024 after which no more health insurance cards will be issued.

I send a photo of my prescription to the pharmacist on my iPhone and it's ready when I go to collect. He also sends me Line messages to ask about my condition and whether there are any reactions to the drugs.

Yes I have done that but now the QR code and my number are all that I need to use.

It is also integrated into an APP that keeps track of all my meds, no longer need sticker in the old booklet, extremely convenient with all the difference meds I am on now!

I will agree that if it was just my regular little doctor's clinic the insurance card wouldn't make much of a difference but the large hospital I need to go to for tests, the my number card system has increased efficiency, reduced waiting time I would otherwise spend in line waiting to get papers and pay my bill.

I guess it really depends on the place and size of the hospital/clinic.

2 ( +2 / -0 )

Had Japan adopted this system like so many other countries had decades ago, lines wouldn't be long at the hospitals and most of the kinks would've been worked out by now. They're just too stubborn to change. Change is frustrating, but there's no going back now. Just have to roll with it.

2 ( +2 / -0 )

Antiquesaving

wallace

No problems using My Number but I don't use it for my hospital visits. The health card system is quick and works. Next year it will probably become compulsory.

> You are correct, unless things have changed the deadline to get a my number card if fall 2024 after which no more health insurance cards will be issued.

I don't know about that. We have health cards issued every year. It won't be a problem for us whatever happens.

I send a photo of my prescription to the pharmacist on my iPhone and it's ready when I go to collect. He also sends me Line messages to ask about my condition and whether there are any reactions to the drugs.

> Yes I have done that but now the QR code and my number are all that I need to use.

There will be many people who have no understanding of how to use QR codes or even send a photo by Line.

It is also integrated into an APP that keeps track of all my meds, no longer need sticker in the old booklet, extremely convenient with all the difference meds I am on now!

There will be many people who will require their drug books and the printout of their drugs.

I will agree that if it was just my regular little doctor's clinic the insurance card wouldn't make much of a difference but the large hospital I need to go to for tests, the my number card system has increased efficiency, reduced waiting time I would otherwise spend in line waiting to get papers and pay my bill.

My local hospital is very busy with usually more than 100 people in attendance. Not like some huge Tokyo university one.

I will have a blood test and weight taken and will see two different doctors. Usually in and out in 1 to 1 1/2 hours. Payment takes less than 10 minutes.

I guess it really depends on the place and size of the hospital/clinic.

That is always the case.

When MY Number becomes compulsory we will have to change until then I will use my health card.

3 ( +4 / -1 )

Antiquesaving

there are several clinics we are attending. One for ENT and another for skin. Either have any setups for using My Number? Our dentist does not use My Number.

0 ( +1 / -1 )

Present national insurance card has no problem especially.

Defective and problematic "My number" system mere benefits related-corporations by immense taxes from government. And corporations have contributed to LDP.

Besides it has even risk victimizing health and the lives of people.

-6 ( +4 / -10 )

Usually new programs or systems encounter a few bumps in the road. this is natural. We should tolerate this.

But My Number has been a debacle. Not worth it.

3 ( +4 / -1 )

The reluctance and ",see no benefits" are hospitals and doctors that refuse to stop wasting paper, doing everything manually and giving up their fax machines and archaic ways.

There is a difference between modernizing their systems and including the MNC in them, currently some big hospitals have already modernized and digitalized their systems to provide the same advantages you list without having to include the MNC in them, patients can simply use their hospital (or medical service for those where hospitals are organized in groups) card and do everything electronically.

People already in these systems would not have important benefits by switching to the MNC one, and for some it could represent disadvantages.

Modernization bring advantages? of course, and a lot of them, but that does not automatically mean the advantages depend on modernization being done in this specific way.

-2 ( +1 / -3 )

My number BS

-5 ( +4 / -9 )

> virusrex

Today 01:37 pm JST

The reluctance and ",see no benefits" are hospitals and doctors that refuse to stop wasting paper, doing everything manually and giving up their fax machines and archaic ways.

> There is a difference between modernizing their systems and including the MNC in them, currently some big hospitals have already modernized and digitalized their systems to provide the same advantages you list without having to include the MNC in them, patients can simply use their hospital (or medical service for those where hospitals are organized in groups) card and do everything electronically.

> People already in these systems would not have important benefits by switching to the MNC one, and for some it could represent disadvantages.

> Modernization bring advantages? of course, and a lot of them, but that does not automatically mean the advantages depend on modernization being done in this specific way

So what you are saying is the old system keeps people stuck in with one hospital or group of hospitals.

Every time I need to get information from the hospital I need to pay them to write it up so I can give it to my doctor.

Once fully implemented MNC will allow people to give access to their past history with the need to go to the other places and pay them

3 ( +3 / -0 )

virusrex

Today 01:37 pm JST

That is another reason doctors and hospitals don't want MNC.

It will eliminate the need to pay my doctor for a note to get information from the hospital pay the hospital for my relevant information!

2 ( +2 / -0 )

So what you are saying is the old system keeps people stuck in with one hospital or group of hospitals.

The old system as in all paper? it would be the same in most other places. The new system (digitalized) is one of the advantages that can bring people to get attention to the hospitals that use them.

Every time I need to get information from the hospital I need to pay them to write it up so I can give it to my doctor.

If you need your information you can get it at any time you are consulting for whatever reason, if you need a referral that might require a paid visit, but that is completely independent of how your information is stored. You can get your information in a digital format or printed depending on how the new hospital keep their records.

In theory it does not matter what system any hospital uses as long as they are digitalized, the only difficulty would be to change the type of records if the systems are not compatible but in the example I saw compatibility seems to be one of the selling points.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

My Number does not store health care information. It will only have the person's identity and health insurance data. The health data will remain in the location where it is made, i.e. a hospital. A new hospital will still have to request the data from a previous hospital.

2 ( +2 / -0 )

wallace

Today 02:32 pm JST

My Number does not store health care information. It will only have the person's identity and health insurance data. The health data will remain in the location where it is made, i.e. a hospital. A new hospital will still have to request the data from a previous hospital

You are correct at this time!

But if you read the full plan the goal is to have a unified database!

This will be only in several years with 2030 as a tentative date!

Not set in stone but this is the plan.

It makes no difference seeing the government already know everything you get done so nothing changes

0 ( +0 / -0 )

My Number was registered on some system with my job. We did it ourselves and it was before I got the real card.

I finally made My Number Card back in the spring. Never received any money that they claimed you could get if you made it.

The card stays at home seeing as you are "not supposed to show it" to anyone. Never used it. Never used the 4 passwords with it. It was 4 right? Haha.

I have been to the doctor and never thought about it. I just automatically hand them my health card. They just take it. Never asked for the My Number Card.

Some of my friends haven't even gotten it yet. They think it is only for printing out documents at the convenience store. My city hall isn't that far and my convenience store is super small so I doubt I would print documents there.

Clearly, I am missing something here. Haha.

Ladies and gentlemen, I highly suspect that I am with the majority who keep asking what are these cards for? Haha.

1 ( +3 / -2 )

Once fully implemented MNC will allow people to give access to their past history with the need to go to the other places and pay them

I am sure they will come up with a way to charge this as well. They will hit you with the administrative fee, which will be probably less than a paper copy, but still have to have a doctor write something up, online or otherwise.

-1 ( +1 / -2 )

I finally made My Number Card back in the spring. Never received any money that they claimed you could get if you made it.

YOU need to check with your municipal office. I had the card as well, and went later and they paid out over 20,000 in "points" for it. 25,000 in fact.

You may not be too late, check with your local office asap

I have been to the doctor and never thought about it. I just automatically hand them my health card. They just take it. Never asked for the My Number Card.

There is a special card reader that is used, and if your doctor has it, you have the option now. In the future there will be (supposedly) no option, as the NIH will not issue insurance cards.

Ladies and gentlemen, I highly suspect that I am with the majority who keep asking what are these cards for? Haha.

Majority of who? Foreigners? Japanese themselves are getting with the system, like it or not, and while there are plenty of kinks and problems, it's happening, as there is no way they will turn back now.

Be better for you to do the checking up and not wait, because municipal offices are not going to come looking for you, nor hold your hand either.

-2 ( +1 / -3 )

virusrex

Today 02:27 pm JST

> If you need your information you can get it at any time you are consulting for whatever reason, if you need a referral that might require a paid visit, but that is completely independent of how your information is stored. You can get your information in a digital format or printed depending on how the new hospital keep their records

No you cannot!

You need your requesting doctor to write a request for which you get changed, then you need to physically go to the hospital and give that request, if you are lucky they can give it to you the same day but usually it takes time and in all cases they charge you for it!

The MNC will eventually eliminate this process by using a national database using the MNC and your pin code any doctor will be able to get instant access to your full history.

If I go to Kyoto and I have a heart problem now the only way the hospital there can get history is from what a I or my wife tell them.

It will take a long time to get my information from the hospital in Tokyo.

Once fully implemented the MNC pin code and unified database means the doctor in Kyoto will have everything instantly.

I see that as a far better system, not to mention the reduction of staff overhead cost, unnecessary paper, etc...

2 ( +2 / -0 )

Antiquesaving

Creating and safeguarding a centralized health database is very difficult. I think there are no countries with one. Do we even want to have it? In some ways, the current system protects our health information. Even another hospital has to request permission to receive your file.

The government and others will obtain direct access to that data. No, thank you.

My healthcare data is between me and my doctor.

1 ( +4 / -3 )

Digital ID's were made for controlling you, baby.

2 ( +4 / -2 )

> wallace

Today 03:11 pm JST

Antiquesaving

> Creating and safeguarding a centralized health database is very difficult. I think there are no countries with one. Do we even want to have it? In some ways, the current system protects our health information. Even another hospital has to request permission to receive your file.

> The government and others will obtain direct access to that data. No, thank you.

> My healthcare data is between me and my doctor

At the end of each year you get a summary of what you paid for meds and doctor.

You do realize that the government at that point knows every single thing you had checked, every medicine you are taking or have taken.

Your insurance kokumin or shakai the insurance knows everything already and it is all government in the end!

I know you have health issues and so do I and if I am unconscious unable to tell my problem I am far safer if the hospital treating me has the ability to find out instantly.

-1 ( +0 / -1 )

During my cancer treatment, my doctor arranged for me to go to another hospital where I would have an operation. The hospital gave me without charge all my health data including all the scans on a disk which I took to the new hospital.

2 ( +4 / -2 )

At the end of each year you get a summary of what you paid for meds and doctor.

> You do realize that the government at that point knows every single thing you had checked, every medicine you are taking or have taken.

> Your insurance kokumin or shakai the insurance knows everything already and it is all government in the end!

> I know you have health issues and so do I and if I am unconscious unable to tell my problem I am far safer if the hospital treating me has the ability to find out instantly.

They do not have the details of your health data. Only what treatment you had and how much was paid. They know I had a blood test but they don't know why I had it.

I do not support a centralized health data system.

3 ( +4 / -1 )

When the argument is lost, talk about:

hidden expert/inside knowledge

or

tradition

or

ill health

-7 ( +0 / -7 )

No you cannot!

That is what I have seen happening, the patient goes to the hospital for unrelated reasons and get their information without paying anything for it (in this specific case for insurance for a long term stay overseas). The process that takes a consultation would be a medical referral but that is not the only reason why a patient would require the information.

It will take a long time to get my information from the hospital in Tokyo.

If both hospitals have digitalized information it only takes an email, and if the databases are compatible only an electronic request. For a referral this is done even before the patient goes to the first visit on the new hospital.

Again you are confusing the MNC system with digitalization, you can have the advantages of digital medical records without needing to include the MNC.

-2 ( +3 / -5 )

Seems like only the seniors on this forum are in favor of My Number.

I guess they have been institutionalized.

-7 ( +4 / -11 )

Seems like only the seniors on this forum are in favor of My Number.

I guess they have been institutionalized.

Wrong! It's the seniors, with one glaring exception, that have been against it all along! Myself included!

It's the younger generation that just accepts whatever the government hands out as being "safe"

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They do not have the details of your health data. Only what treatment you had and how much was paid.

Just what do you think health data is? Anything the doctor writes on your health records is accessible to other doctors connected to the system.

They know I had a blood test but they don't know why I had it.

Reread what you wrote here one more time, and consider this. They KNOW why, as to prevent abuse of the system and unnecessary procedures.

No doctor is going to give you a brain scan for a bad back. There has to be justification for the tests performed, as they are charged under the insurance schemes, either public, NIH or shakai, and costs are regulated.

Dont be naive, they know!

-2 ( +3 / -5 )

During my cancer treatment, my doctor arranged for me to go to another hospital where I would have an operation. The hospital gave me without charge all my health data including all the scans on a disk which I took to the new hospital.

Which also directly contradicts this statement you made. FYI, they charged you, you just dont realize it. That information is NOT free, unless the doctor was doing you a favor and felt sorry for you.

They know I had a blood test but they don't know why I had it.

The doctors at the "other" hospital were given the reasons for the tests performed, as those tests determined the treatment course you needed and the reasons for transferring you to another hospital!

-2 ( +2 / -4 )

Doctors and hospitals in Japan have been obliged by law to observe a duty of confidentiality since long before the 2005 APPI.

3 ( +4 / -1 )

Doctors and hospitals in Japan have been obliged by law to observe a duty of confidentiality since long before the 2005 APPI.

Which has nothing to do with sharing information regarding the treatment of a patient. It would be malpractice for a doctor to knowingly withhold information regarding a patients treatment.

-2 ( +3 / -5 )

Yubaru

During my cancer treatment, my doctor arranged for me to go to another hospital where I would have an operation. The hospital gave me without charge all my health data including all the scans on a disk which I took to the new hospital.

> Which also directly contradicts this statement you made. FYI, they charged you, you just dont realize it. That information is NOT free, unless the doctor was doing you a favor and felt sorry for you.

I wasn't charged for the data disk which was mostly my MRI and CT scans.

They know I had a blood test but they don't know why I had it.

> The doctors at the "other" hospital were given the reasons for the tests performed, as those tests determined the treatment course you needed and the reasons for transferring you to another hospital!

The new hospital knew I needed an op for cancer. They requested my medical records from the previous hospital. All hospitals take their blood tests.

4 ( +5 / -1 )

You do realize that the government at that point knows every single thing you had checked, every medicine you are taking or have taken.

Another reason why I prefer to use medical services abroad

-5 ( +0 / -5 )

The MyNumber system’s sole purpose is to be able to link to your bank accounts in the very near future so that the government can spy on any and all incoming money and transactions. Period.

-4 ( +3 / -7 )

The MyNumber system’s sole purpose is to be able to link to your bank accounts in the very near future so that the government can spy on any and all incoming money and transactions. Period.

That's what everyone was told, but if it's just "period" explain then why the health insurance is now connected, or in the process there of?

It's not just for taxes!

-1 ( +2 / -3 )

It is very confusing. I am a foreigner and have to carry and present the Zairyu card, Shakai Hoken card and My Number card depending on the situation. I bought a card reader to read My Number card chip that allows to have access to Nenkin, the Japan Pension Service, and also the NTA, National Tax Agency. I used My Number card at hospital, but also used the Shakai Hoken card that seem much more popular everywhere than My Number card.

1 ( +1 / -0 )

Crikey!! When ever I have had a hospital visit, 20 so far this year, here in the UK, I just have to say my name and date of birth and who I am there to see, they then find all my info on their system. That is it.

3 ( +3 / -0 )

Come on now, the J Government is finally taking action to upgrade Japan's social insurance, health and tax systems to the 21st century by digitally storing information and doing what just about every other developed country does - integrate information for more effective service delivery and to combat tax evasion and the black economy.

Of course some hospitals are whining - they don't want to invest the time and money in ensuring they are fully compatible with the 21st century. The usual rigid no no no that retards Japan's social and financial systems all because of the noisy whiners acting as if this is about some idealistic privacy sacred cow when in fact Japan is one of the least pricacy conscious countries you can get.

From NHK collectors trying to enter your home and police officers as well doing their semi regular checks on who is living in a street and the local neighborhood group checking up on you, telling you to weed the local park on weekends or get a financial penalty, Japanese society doesn't have any real concept of the right to privacy. The fact that a lot of business is mandatory at the city hall and you have to go and report everything there only increases the lack of privacy taken for granted in Japan.

But when the Japanese Government wants to enter the 21st century by improving the connectivity of vital services and obligations as well as make them effective, there's the usual foot dragging and excuses and accusations of privacy 'invasion'. Gimme a break.

-1 ( +1 / -2 )

Right now, it may seem harmless , but in future, when you start getting rejected certain medical treatments based upon your past data recorded with your "My Nimber" card - beit, Medical/Political or whatever based... then... we will regret such a past decision.

1 ( +1 / -0 )

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