We'll explain the most important points.
My Number is a 12-digit social security and tax number
You will use the same My Number your whole life. The number will never change unless it is leaked and may be used illegally, so take good care of it.
The merits of the My Number system include
administrative optimization, increased convenience for
citizens, and realization of a fair and just society.
1. Improved administrative efficiency
The time and effort needed to collate, transcribe and input various information at government offices and local public bodies is dramatically reduced. Several offices can cooperate, reducing useless behavior such as work redundancy.
2. Enhanced public convenience
Administrative procedures are simplified, such as by reducing attached paperwork, which in turn reduces the burden on citizens. In addition, you can check what information of yours is held by government offices, and receive various service notices from government offices.
3. A fairer and more just society
Earnings and payment circumstances for other administrative services will be easier to understand, preventing the unjust avoidance of responsibility and unjust reception of benefits, allowing more thorough support for those truly in need.
From October 2015, all people with a certification of
residence have been notified of their own My Number.
My Number notices will be sent to addresses on certificates of residence from local governments. This also applies to those of foreign citizenship with these certificates.
If you live someone other than the address recent on your certificate of residence, please change your certificate of residence to your local government body.
The My Number Card will be issued when you apply at your local government. This card includes a portrait photo, and can act as identification papers.
It comes equipped with convenient features, such as using the IC chip function to get a copy of your certificate of residence at convenience stores.
Your full name, address, and individual number are transcribed on the front of your My Number Card. Any other information is limited to a electronic certificate, and very private personal information such as income is not included on the card.
The My Number will be issued from January 2016.
My Number is needed for social security, tax,
and disaster response administrative procedures.
Even in the context of social security, tax and disaster response, My Number is only used for administrative procedures established under laws and ordinances, and the regulations of local public bodies. Note: With administration related to social security, tax or disaster response, or equivalent such administration, local public bodies can use My Number in affairs established by law.
A My Number notice to government offices and private businesses is needed for procedures established by law.
Note: Procedures that use My Number require identity verification through not only your My Number, but also identity verification documents. Thus, a My Number itself is not enough for identity theft.
Aside from offering it to government offices for
procedures, My Number will not be offered indiscriminately.
Illegal obtainment of other people's My Numbers, or unjust provision of personal information files containing My Numbers or personal secrets by those handling other people's My Numbers, is subject to punishment.