Will be spending the next couple of blog posts taking a better look at Japan’s My Number (マイナンバー法) which will begin in January, 2016. It seems the name alone “My Number” is meant to be less threatening of a connotation I think, and sounds rather innocuous. My Number appears less threatening than what this number actually portends in the future according to a lot of social commentary I have been reading. It should be called “Government Tracking Number” (No thank you, it’s your number, not my number. I didn’t decide this corporate statute contract law and the Japanese people didn’t assign themselves the number.) because that is precisely what it is. And now that TPP is getting ready to be signed by Japan with Shinzo Abe’s government setting up a special TPP office, I can’t help but wonder if Japan’s My Number is connected to the TPP trade agreement? So many events all seem to be coalescing in Japan including Japan overriding its Constitution with statute laws to rearm Japan’s military, the Japanese stripping out liberal arts out of its universities, Japan’s military can now be deployed outside of Japan, TPP agreement reached and this potentially nefarious “My Number” coming online beginning in 2016. These are all corporate contracts including TPP in case people did not realize this as well as the My Number scheme. It is just astonishing how easily people simply roll over and accept this corporate take over of their lives. It is like people simply forfeiting their energy to corporate law merchants.
This article appeared
at Nikkei Asian Review
Japan’s ‘My Number’ system offers IT boon, and risk
March 17, 2015
RYO ASAYAMA, Nikkei staff writer
TOKYO — Japan’s information technology industry is abuzz with talk of national identification numbers as the country is set to implement them in January 2016.
In October, municipalities will issue every registered resident a 12-digit ID number. Dubbed “My Number,” it will be used to track taxation and government benefits. Beginning in January 2018, names and addresses will be linked to private information such as stockholdings and deposit data.
Companies will be required to manage ID numbers for employees and their family members. Such a program is estimated to cost a large corporation 50 million yen ($408,000). The market for these programs alone is worth an estimated 3 trillion yen, Daiwa Securities Group said.
It is a bonanza for the IT industry. Hitachi, NEC and other top Japanese IT companies are vying for orders for new information systems and related services.
ID theft and fraud
But the flip side of the ID numbers is the risk of an information leak, as seen in countries that have similar numbering systems.
The U.S. has recorded 11.7 million cases of data breaches involving Social Security numbers since 2006. South Korea reportedly suffered the leaking of 40 million numbers, or 80% of the population, through 2014 as the network was compromised. Seoul faces pressure to rebuild the network at a cost of $650 million and issue new numbers.
“Hackers attack a network in a way that is totally unimaginable for ordinary people and abuse ID numbers. You cannot let your guard down,” said Kenichi Matsumori, a senior marketer with Digital Arts, a Tokyo-based company specializing in Internet filtering software.
Identity thieves often steal pension or unemployment insurance payments or run up a victim’s credit card debt. Victims have lost tens of billions of dollars in the U.S. alone.
The IT industry’s mandate is to protect the My Number system at all costs. IT companies’ abilities to keep networks secure are tested. By some estimates, 20-30% of network-related investment is geared toward security development.