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Current health insurance card and minor health insurance card “combined” 34% — Unification 29% acceptable, current 27% 42% opposed to de facto compulsory, 29% in favor —
[KSI Web Survey] Awareness Survey on My Number Cards
Kioicho Strategic Research Institute Co., Ltd. (KSI, Headquarters: Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, President: Bessho), which provides comprehensive consulting in the public affairs area, such as support for policy activities and risk management for companies challenging new industries. Naoya) conducts an online survey of 1,000 people about twice a month, focusing on current affairs topics.
■ Survey background
The government has positioned the My Number Card as the foundation for building a digital society, and aims to have “almost all citizens” obtain it by the end of March next year. As a measure to promote the popularization of the card, the second round of minor points, which gives points worth up to 20,000 yen, has been implemented, and the application deadline for the card has been extended until the end of December. This time, we conducted an awareness survey on the My Number Card. Cross-tabulation by age, gender, region, etc. is also performed. ■ Summary of survey results
Regarding the government’s announcement of a policy to abolish the current health insurance card and unify it with a “minor health insurance card”, 34% of people want to use both the current health insurance card and a minor health insurance card, and unify the minor health insurance card. 29% accepted, and 27% did not require a minor health insurance card. 29% “yes” and 31% “no” have used Minacards. 18% of respondents had no intention of getting a card in the future. 40% thought that only those who wished to have a card should be allowed, and 42% were against making it practically mandatory to obtain a card through the health insurance card function.
26% want to integrate driver’s license and card, 49% do not want to. 48% of respondents expected to use their cards for online
administrative procedures. 64% did not expect the card to be installed in smartphones, and males had higher expectations than females. 75% of respondents said they could not tolerate risks such as information leaks, and women’s tolerance was noticeably lower than that of men. 76% of respondents believe that the government’s target of “almost all citizens will be covered by the end of this fiscal year” will not be achieved. On the other hand, 58% acknowledged the popularization effect of the second version of the Myna Points. The disapproval of the Kishida Cabinet reached 65%, an increase of 5 percentage points from the previous survey.
According to the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications, the My Number system is considered a social infrastructure for
streamlining administration, improving convenience for citizens, and realizing a fair and just society. My Number is a 12-digit individual number owned by all people who have a resident card in Japan, and it is used for administrative procedures prescribed by laws and ordinances in the three fields of social security, tax, and disaster countermeasures.
According to the Digital Agency, the My Number Card is a plastic card with a photograph of your face that includes your name, address, and My Number. It can be used as a confirmation document.
A total of 68.2% of respondents answered that they “understand sufficiently” or “understand to some extent” the My Number system and the card. (Q6)
A total of 78.8% of respondents “have” or “do not have a My Number card but intend to get one”. 18.4% of respondents said they “do not have one and do not intend to acquire one.” (Q7)
In response to minor points, 28.7% said, “I earned points in the first round, and in the second round, I applied for a health insurance card and registered a public money receipt account.” (Q8)
29.9% said they had actually used their My Number Card for
applications to government agencies, while 31.7% said they had never used it. (Q9)
The most common response to minor health insurance cards was “I have registered as a user, but I have not used it yet, or I cannot find a medical institution where I can use it,” at 35.3%. 3.3% said they have already registered and are already using it. (Q10)
Regarding the government’s aim to abolish the current health insurance card in the fall of 2024 and switch to a minor health insurance card, 34.0% said, “I think it would be better to use a minor health insurance card instead of abolishing the current health insurance card.” . 29.3% said, “I don’t think it would be a good idea to unify with a minor insurance card,” and 27.7% said, “I don’t think a minor insurance card is necessary.” (Q11)
The government aims to unify driver’s licenses and My Number cards by the end of 2024, with 49.0% of respondents saying they “do not want to unify” their driver’s licenses and 26.6% “would like to unify.” (Q12) When asked in what situations they would like to use their My Number Card with multiple answers, 48.6% of respondents answered “online administrative procedures”. “Obtaining an official certificate at a convenience store” followed by “identification card or personal identification document”. (Q13)
A total of 64.2% of respondents answered that they “do not expect much” or “do not expect at all” that My Number cards will be installed on smartphones starting from May next year on Android devices. A total of 30% of men answered that they “had great expectations” or “have high expectations,” while only 10% of women responded. (Q14) A total of 75.2% of respondents answered that they were “very unacceptable” or “completely unacceptable” when asked about the risks of My Number cards, such as personal information leaks. A total of 20% of men answered that they “can tolerate everything” or “can tolerate to some extent,” but less than 10% of females. (Q15)
Regarding the government’s policy of distributing the “Digital Garden City State Concept Subsidy” based on the local government’s My Number card penetration rate, “I don’t think it will be very effective” or “I don’t think it will be effective” in improving the penetration rate. accounted for a total of 55.4%. A total of 32.3% said that they thought it was effective and that it was effective to some extent (Q16).
Regarding the popularization of My Number cards from the perspective of reducing administrative costs, 40.5% of respondents said, “People who do not want to have them do not have to be forced to have them.” 35.5% said, “It would be good if people who wanted it spread,” and 18.4% said, “Everyone should own it as soon as possible.” (Q17) By the end of March 2023, 76.9% of respondents answered that they “do not believe that almost all citizens” will be able to obtain My Number cards. (Q18)
A total of 58.5% of respondents answered that the 2nd round of My Number Points is “Effective” or “Effective to some extent” in achieving the government’s My Number Card diffusion target. A total of 35.4% answered that they were “no effect” and “not very effective”. (Q19)
42.6% of respondents opposed the introduction of the Minor Health Insurance Card, and 29.0% of respondents agreed with the introduction of the My Number Card. (Q20)
15.1% said they “support” the Kishida Cabinet (previous September 29, 20.0%) and 65.0% “do not support” (59.8%). Looking at the ruling parties, more than 50% supported the Liberal Democratic Party and 30% disapproved, while support for the Komeito remained at over 10% and disapproval exceeded 40%. (Q21)
The political party support rate is 19.9% for the Liberal Democratic Party (21.1% last time on September 29), 4.7% for the Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan (3.9%), 8.2% for the Japan Restoration Party (9.1%), 1.6% for the Komeito Party (0.8%), and 3.2% for the Democratic Party for the People. (2.1%), Japanese Communist Party 2.2% (2.9%), Reiwa Shinsengumi 2.9% (3.1%), Social Democratic Party 0.5% (0.4%), NHK Party 1.6% (1.7%), Participating Party 0.9% (0.5%) , Other political parties/organizations 0.4% (0.2%), No political party supported 49.4% (51.7%) (Q22)
Details of the survey report
・ Survey period: October 16, 2022
・Research agency (research subject): Kioicho Strategic Research Institute Co., Ltd.
・ Survey target: Men and women aged 18 and over nationwide
・Number of valid responses (number of samples): 1,000
・Survey method (aggregation method, calculation method): Questionnaire on the Internet
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