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“My Number” – The Social Security and Tax Number System

ID番号 N40065 更新日 平成29年4月10日

Newly adopted in 2015, the “My Number” system issues a unique 12-digit number to every resident of Japan, including foreign residents. The number identifies you for taxes, social security (pensions, labor, healthcare, welfare), and for disaster response. Unifying all of these systems into one number makes it easier for governments to coordinate and carry out services.

Who gets an individual number?

All residents of Japan will receive an individual number. If you are a foreign resident, you will receive a number if you are staying in Japan for more than 3 months and have an address in Japan. Because you are staying for more than 3 months, you have submitted a Moving-In Notification to your local municipality, which registered you on the Resident Registry (住民票, juuminhyou).

 

All people in the Resident Registry will receive a notification starting from October 2015 with their Individual Number. This number will be your number for life, so please keep it safe with your records.

 

*Note: As a foreign resident, you will still be assigned to this same number for life even if you leave Japan and then come back again on a different Status of Residence.

 

When will I need to use my individual number?

Here are some situations your individual number will be used:

Social Security – Pensions, Labor, Healthcare, Welfare

Pension qualification, confirmation, and payment

Unemployment insurance qualification, confirmation, and payment

Hello Work-related affairs

Collecting medical insurance premiums

Welfare benefits, public assistance

 

Taxation

Income tax returns, notifications, records submitted to tax authorities

Internal administrative paperwork of tax authorities

 

Disaster Response

Payments of subsidies, etc, for rebuilding the lives of disaster survivors

Disaster survivor handbooks

 

*Some private companies will also be able to handle Individual Numbers. For example, a company may ask for your number to prepare tax returns or to see if you qualify for life insurance. They would then be able to coordinate with administrative organs to provide service.

However, the use of individual numbers for any duty not stipulated by law is prohibited.

 

Will this come with an Identification Card?

Beginning in January 2016, you will be able to apply at your municipality for an Individual Number Card, which will bear your number and your name, address, date of birth, and sex (four basic information items) plus an ID photograph. You may use it as personal ID for a wide range of purposes. For instance, you could use it to join a gym. However, when you sign up, you must not give out your Individual Number (printed on the back) to the gym or other such establishment. Furthermore, the gym is prohibited from writing down or copying your number.

 

You are not required to get an Individual Number Card.

 

Who can I contact for more information?

A call center for the Social Security and Tax Number System was established in October 2014.

0570-20-0291

Japanese, English, Chinese, Korean, Spanish, and Portuguese

Hours: Weekdays, 9:30am to 22:00pm (closed on holidays)

Available until September 29, 2017

 

You can also refer to the national government’s website on the subject.

The Social Security and Tax Number System

Frequently asked questions

 

 

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