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Japan gov't to send 'My Number' ID card applications to millions to raise holder ratio

An illustration of a My Number individual identification card. (Mainichi)

TOKYO -- To boost the ratio of Japan's population holding "My Number" personal identification cards, the government will start sending out tens of millions of application forms in December, officials revealed on Sept. 25.

    The forms, which will go out to an estimated 80 million people nationwide, come with a QR code to reduce the hassle of applying for the social security and tax number cards.

    As of Sept. 23, 20.2% of residents in Japan had one of the 12-digit ID cards, and the government is aiming to boost that to nearly 100% by the end of fiscal 2022. The card bears the holder's name, address, birthdate, gender, a face photo, and the individual number, all of which are also recorded on an embedded IC chip.

    The QR code on the application form links to the My Number application website, where people can enter the information necessary to get the card. People can also send an application form by post after writing in the necessary information.

    (Japanese original by Tsuyoshi Goto and Aoi Hanazawa, Business News Department)

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