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It is still a bit early to say at what point we will start talks about making the My Number card mandatory.

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Japanese Digital Minister Taro Kono, saying that there could be talks of making it mandatory to obtain the ID cards when there remain only a small number of people across Japan who haven't applied for them.

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But it will come.

-1 ( +4 / -5 )

just scrap that nonsense.

no one need it.

taxpayers money wasting.

4 ( +9 / -5 )

Everyone has a number but not all have cards which isn't compulsory to carry.

4 ( +7 / -3 )

which isn't compulsory to carry.

Which is true but not the whole point. "Yet," is the implication signalled.

3 ( +6 / -3 )

For Japanese citizens, there is no compulsory ID.

0 ( +3 / -3 )

Wallace -

For Japanese citizens, there is no compulsory ID.

Exactly. But there is compulsion to prove your ID for just about any given occasion other than social.

The Health Insurance card has been the de facto ID followed by driver's license, passport etc.

As much as I loathe the "Big Brotherish" nature of an almighty ID card, having a simple system that can be utilized across board does cut through much of the nonsense.

The most serious problem is leaving it to inept govt services and or sub-contractors to devise an easy, safe, secure system.

More than a few bumps to date.

1 ( +5 / -4 )

browny1

Wallace -

For Japanese citizens, there is no compulsory ID.

Exactly. But there is compulsion to prove your ID for just about any given occasion other than social.

No citizens are not subject to ID checks and can just refuse. There are occasions when your driver's license might be requested. Passports are for travel and not required for domestic travel. Health insurance is for visiting hospitals and clinics.

Citizens do not have ID. My Japanese spouse had a problem with that which is resolved with the My Number card.

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Why create a card to do the same thing a present card does?? (i.e. Nat Health Card)., And why make it mandatory??

Seems its another effort for the Government to access all aspects of you financials, medical, and probably all your transactions in the future.

3 ( +3 / -0 )

there remain only a small number of people across Japan who haven't applied for them.

I was under the impression we were still a considerable number.

4 ( +5 / -1 )

Kono Taro, according to his wishes.

If it works,and is secure are questions yet to be answered.

-1 ( +0 / -1 )

I was under the impression we were still a considerable number.

It's about 20-30%; similar to the proportion of the population aged over 65, which no media would ever frame as "only a small number of people".

Note also words like "still" and "remain", as if making this card mandatory at some point in the future is a foregone conclusion, not two decades after the people decisively rejected "Juki-Net", the My Number precursor. The central government just keeps on pushing and using this kind of manipulation to get people to give up.

3 ( +3 / -0 )

Wallace - Thanks for your answer.

I think you mis read my post.

Nowhere did I mention ID checks.

I said we need ID for a multitude of situations.

Try getting a smartphone without ID.

Try opening an account - bank, PO. etc without an ID.

Try doing business at the Town Hall without ID.

My contracts with university and schools need ID proof.

etc etc

These situations and others we need to show who we are.

These are all Proof of Identity. Not checks by authorities.

The earlier mentioned items - health cards, drivers license etc have been used as de facto ID cards.

A My Number card will simplify and unify the process.

That's all.

-1 ( +1 / -2 )

browny1

I was referring to the fact citizens do not need to carry ID or present to authorities like the police. Of course, IDs are required at the times you have quoted.

You are the one who challenged my comment when I said

"For Japanese citizens, there is no compulsory ID."

For foreigners, the Resident Card is the ID except when a driving license is needed. They are compulsory to carry which other IDs are not. I always have it with me.

3 ( +4 / -1 )

Wallace - thanks.

My challenge was nothing but saying we are compelled to use ID in a number of situations as in, there is a compulsion to provide ID - or you don't get the service or the smartphone etc.

Never said anything about compulsory IDs or compulsory checks.

The 2 are different beasts.

And every foreigner knows about resident cards.

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