(Photo ; iPhone 5S, Kārlis Dambrāns)
“It is possible to have a good customer management in the Life Insurance and Property and Casualty Insurance domain by using My Number. It is necessary to fill in My Number on some papers so people will be asked to do so by the insurance company. In other words it is necessary that My number be linked to the health insurance contract.” (Prime Minister’s Office 8th My Number Subcommittee Meeting) (*1)
My Number will be linked to Life Insurance and Property and Casualty Insurance, so the persons who do not have My Number will not be able to get their insurance money. This movement is being promoted by Mukai Haruki, a former Financial Affairs bureaucrat. He graduated from Tokyo University Law Department in 1981 and entered the Ministry of Finance. After being dispatched to the Social Security reform Department of the Cabinet Secretariat of the Kan administrative government, he was CIO (Chief Information Officer) of the Vice Government. He was the main character to preside all the design of My Number system, regardless of the political differences of Democratic Party of Japan and Liberal Democratic Party.
There is one more character who gives academic support to the intention of Mukai Haruki.
“I discussed with Deputy Minister Mukai from the time when the number system started. It started during the time of Kan administration government and it leads all the way to the present. (The first My Number and Tax Collection Discussion Group) (*2)
This is what Sudou Osamu from Tokyo University is saying. He uses the title “chief of Interfaculty Initiative in Information studies” when attending the Tax Investigation Meeting or when he is a member of My Number Subcommittee Meeting, and also to other conferences related to My Number or to lectures where media is invited. Furthermore, he has an impressive career and many other titles such as: chairman of Japan Agency for Local Authority Information System, president of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, Information and Communication Council, Information and Communication Policy department, chairman of the Future Vision Study Group for Automobile related information Utilization of the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transportation (*3) and so on. Together with Mukai haruki he has the main influence in My Number system establishment, especially regarding the link to the Family Register and to the mandatory link to the bank account and so on.
“It should be the highest priority to make a sophisticated system, it doesn’t matter even if it costs 1,000,000,000,000 yen”
Sudo Osamu was invited to the 1st Meeting (*2) of the My Number and Tax Collection Discussion Group which was established by the Tax Research Commission of the Cabinet Office in November 2013. He said at that meeting that, according to the economical optimization effect of My Number, it is possible to decrease the cost of the operation of 1,150,000,000,000 yen only with the Life Insurance and Property and Casualty Insurance businesses.
The purpose of My Number system is not simply the management of the population. The purpose is to change the subject of the taxation system from people to money. The premise of the system was that that the population will grow and the income will continue to grow as well. In the case of asset taxation, there is hardly no influence if the population decreases and, even more, if this happens, the insurance money will start moving and that’s a good chance to collect taxes.
“By 2025 the whole society will have an elderly population. The Japanese government will not have money for pensions, nursing or medical care for the elderly. Therefore, when considering a new taxation system, the tax authorities will need to know the financial asset. If the government doesn’t know the securities transaction history and the bank account balance, it cannot know the asset of one person. I consider this to be the right thing to do. It is another issue if the Japanese people will be glad to hear this or not. “(Prime Minister’s Office, 8th My Number Subcommittee Meeting) (*1)
This is what Sudo Osamu stated.
The government is planning to link My Number with biometric information in the future (vein authentication and others) and to abolish even the personal number card. (*4) Presently, except for Apple’s Touch ID biometric authentication system, there is one more called FIDO (Fast Identity Online) alliance which is about to spread in Japan. This year in May NTT Docomo announced its participation in planning this system. (*5) It is estimated that by 2018 around 3,400,000,000 people all over the world will have biometric equipped mobile terminals. (*6) Also, in Japan it is said that My Number system will provide economic benefit of around 3,000,000,000,000 yen only to the IT industry. (*7) My Number card will be issued to all persons who have residence registered in Japan. The cost for registering the biometric information on the card and for the administration of this card will be enormous. The market size for the companies which will receive this kind of order will also be enormous, but no concrete estimation has been released yet.
There is one thing which is not related to My Number and to the Digital Government in Sudo’s career, but it has to do with this tremendous new market that Mukai and Sudo have opened. That is the fact that Sudo is the president of the group called NexTV-F (Next Generation Television and Broadcasting Promotion Forum). (*8) This Group was established in May 2013 with the following purpose: “To help provide added convenience to users by verifying and demonstrating specifications and provisions relating to transmission and reception, so as to achieve early next-generation broadcasting services (4K, 8K, smart TV, etc.), and to promote the advancement of broadcasting services by conducting trial broadcasts.” (According to the electronic public notice, the amount of account receivable for the 1st year is around 3,000,000,000 yen and about 90% of that was collected next year. Details are not known.)
The Employees are paying over 2,000,000 yen as an annual fee to the institute. The employees are companies like:
Softbank Group Co., Ltd
These companies are expected to receive great benefit by My Number promotion by the government. Moreover, the Accounting Audit firm of this organization is “Ernst and Young ShinNihon LLC” which has sent a member to “New Generation Network Promotion Forum”, another group with which Sudo is connected, having his name in the Promotion Committee (2012) (*9)
KDDI Corporation Solution Division had an interview with My Navi News from May this year (*10) and showed their concern about the economic situation of Japan after the Olympics: “There is the expectation of an economic stimulus until the Olympics in Tokyo, but, at the same time, after the Olympics from 2020 Japan might be economically left as a huge wasteland.” They gave the example of Daikin Industries, Ltd which monitored the situation of the air-conditioning, made it possible to operate it by web and were able to manage the whole situation. Moreover, they said the following:
“There are 7,000,000,000 people in the world and it is said that the human log they produce is around 700,000,000,000,000 logs. …. Managing personal information is a very sensitive issue and it is not easy to deal with it. Nonetheless, by connecting the log of human to the log of things, an highly predicted society will be realized.”