Japan plans to expand its My Number citizen identification system to cover all residents by the end of 2022, according to information collated by GGRAsia.
The My Number card system has been mentioned as the future route for verifying the identity of local players wishing to gain access to any Japanese casino resorts that might be built.
The My Number initiative is part of Japan’s “digital government” drive and would be linked to a mobile phone application.
The government said in its statement that the My Number card system would be rolled out and linked to the social security and tax number systems, for all residents in Japan, by the end of 2022.
The rollout and take-up of the My Number card would be important in assessing the earnings potential of Japanese casino resorts, said the Japan-based casino industry consultancy Bay City Ventures in a report on the country’s plans for casino operations regulation.
As of April, only 28 pecent” of the country’s citizens had a My Number card, the consultancy’s managing director, Joji Kokuryo, said in the report.