“My Number” is what the new social security and tax identification number system in Japan is called. The new numbers will begin shipping to all registered residents, foreign and domestic, in October of 2015.
The system will begin to require the individual number for administrative procedures related to social security, taxation, and disaster response in January of 2016. More tasks utilizing the system will follow as they are introduced.
The stated goals of the My Number program are three fold:
- A fairer and more just society
- Improved administrative efficiency
- Enhanced public convenience
The numbers will basically be used like a “unique identifier” in a database, which is pretty much what it is. This number will represent you and your data will be shared throughout the system. This will create that “fairer and more just society” by preventing improper evasion of payment responsibility and unfair receipt of benefits, “improve administrative efficiency” by saving time and labor inputting data and link multiple operations for data sharing, and “enhance public convenience” by simplifying administrative procedures and reduce the number of required documents, for procedures.
More information will be placed here as we obtain it, but the following is some basic information on the new “My Number” social insurance number that every resident of Japan, old or young, will be receiving during mid-to-late October and early November this year.
- The number will be sent based on your officially registered address as of October 5th, 2015
- It will be sent by registered courier, so you (or someone else, it is not required that YOU receive it) will need to be home to receive it (or have it re-delivered by the courier). Depending where you live, this letter may arrive anywhere between mid October and the end of the year.
This number is very important, so you should look out for it and put it in a safe place
- From January 2016 forwards the number will be linked to all tax related administration and paperwork
- In the future (date unknown) the number may be linked to your bank accounts in Japan and your social insurance; employment insurance, health insurance and pension
- Your employer in Japan will need to collect a copy of the number from you at some point in the future
There are obvious security concerns related to this new system, and the government of Japan is taking slow but certain steps to implement the system in phases with the appropriate level of consideration for everyone’s privacy. It would be best to expect that there will be glitches along the way, as many scenarios have not yet been considered, and the treatment of foreigners among the system doesn’t have the highest priority right now, as implementing things for the general population is the focus.
For more information: www.cas.go.jp/jp/seisaku/bangoseido/pdf/en2.pdf