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Japan's hapless national ID-number system hits another glitch in country's long road to digitalization

By Toko Sekiguchi
  • 23 Jun 2023 10:37
  • 23 Jun 2023 10:37
Japan’s key policy initiative to accelerate the country’s slow digitalization by issuing its residents national identification numbers has become a major political liability for Prime Minister Fumio Kishida’s cabinet, as daily reports of technical and human-error glitches force the government to rethink its rollout plans.
The spread of “My Number,”

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Toko Sekiguchi

Senior Correspondent, Tokyo

Toko is a senior correspondent in Tokyo covering antitrust, anti-bribery & corruption, financial services and regulatory issues in Japan. Before joining MLex, she has worked as a journalist for The Wall Street Journal, Dow Jones News, Bloomberg News and Time Magazine.

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