In mid-November last year, the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC) announced that the number of My Number IC cards issued exceeded 50 million, and the penetration rate reached about 40% of the total population. The My Number system was launched in January 2016 with the aim of assigning a personal number to each resident to improve administrative efficiency, increase convenience for residents, and realize a fair and just society. However, since the My Number is linked to personal information, concerns have arisen that having the card will allow the government to misuse personal information, and it is still not widely used. As a result, the benets intended to support Covid-19 were not provided in a smooth manner. In order to promote the use of the My Number Card, the government has established a system to give points worth up to 20,000 yen for obtaining the card. Japanese people tend to obediently accept the decisions of the government, but they are sensitive about personal information and are cautious about having their own number card. As is the case with dictatorships, Japanese do not like to be surveilled. They also do not want the government to know or leak their personal information, including their assets. In Japan, there is an environment and culture of doing things voluntarily with others, without being forced by the government. However, Japanese peopleʼs awareness of the need to protect their personal privacy at the cost of convenience is a reflection of their trust in the government.
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