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Apple to add Japan’s ‘My Number’ ID card function to iPhone, Japan official says




By Reuters | Updated: May 30, 2024

TOKYO, May 30 (Reuters) – Apple (AAPL.O) CEO Tim Cook agreed at the request of Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida to put Japan’s “My Number” identification card functions onto iPhones, Japan’s top government spokesperson said on Thursday.

The Japanese government plans to integrate people’s tax and social security data into a single identification card to boost administrative efficiency.

The comment from Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshimasa Hayashi comes after Kishida’s video conference earlier in the day with Cook.

“Prime Minister Kishida and Mr. Tim Cook confirmed that My Number card functions will be put on iPhones next spring,” Hayashi told a regular news conference.

@ Thomson Reuters 2024