How to avoid problems with your MyNumber
If you’ve read a newspaper or watched the news recently, you will probably have heard the phrase “MyNumber.” But do you know how it will affect you?
MyNumber is a 12-digit number issued to everyone living in Japan. This includes people
on a medium to long-term residence visa. Unlike your Residence Card number, it is all numbers, with no letters included. As MyNumber will be used to connect various social services such as taxation and social security, it is important to make sure your personal information is not compromised. Check out the following basic points about MyNumber, as well as some points to be aware of.
WHAT? A number linking different services offered by the Japanese government.
WHO? Everyone living in Japan (including mid/long-term foreign residents).
WHEN? According to Government announcements, your personal MyNumber information will be sent out between mid-October and the end of November.
WHERE? MyNumber will be used in many places, but the main ones for exchange students are income tax and Japanese government scholarship applications.
→ Don’t throw it out!
Your MyNumber will be needed any time you want to work in Japan in the future, so be careful not to lose it or throw it away.
→ Don’t tell other people!
As a general rule, don’t tell your MyNumber to anyone. Your personal information can be accessed using your MyNumber, so it is important that you keep it safe to avoid identity theft or other issues.
*However, you will need to tell it to your workplace so they can report your income to the taxation bureau.
→ Don’t get your cards mixed up!
With your residence card, your health care card etc. it can be confusing as to which number you need, but it could cause problems if you write the wrong number, so check that you’re writing the correct number for the form!
→ Be careful of your visa work limits!
As the Government will have easier access to your wage details etc., it will be possible for them to keep a closer eye on exchange students’ working hours. Your workplace will be making sure you don’t do too many hours, but you need to be careful too. If you are on a Student visa with Permission to Engage in Activities Other Than That Permitted Under the Status of Residence Previously Granted, be careful not to work more than 28 hours in a week.
Make sure you check these points to ensure that there is no trouble with your workplace, and that your personal information is safe.
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