December 22, 2013

Japanese citizens to be assigned a personal identification number starting January 2016


"The Diet passed the “common number” bill May 24, paving the way for every resident, including foreigners, to be assigned a personal identification number. Holders of the “my number” IDs will be notified around fall 2015 and they will take effect starting in January 2016."


Source: New ID system for keeping tax tabs, finding cheats
BY MIZUHO AOKI
Japan Times
June 11, 2013