My 'My Card' is here

Good morning everyone,

The rain came a bit earlier than I thought it would yesterday-but the good news was that it also stopped a bit earlier. Watching the weather last night, it looks like we can expect the current cold weather to last for a few days. They're expecting snow in northern Hiroshima today and we may even see some snow in Hiroshima City overnight...to be honest, it's only 1C or 2C below normal, but because we've been enjoying temperatures about 4C or 5C above normal, it makes for a 5C to 7C degree temperature change, which is a big difference to get used to in just one day.

My 'My Card' arrived the other day. Have you got yours yet? I don't know about you, but I was seriously disappointed. It's just a piece of paper with my name and a number on it that I have to cut out by myself!! When I first got the envelope, I noticed that I couldn't feel anything like a card inside, so I thought that maybe it was just a letter telling me to go to my local ward office to pick up the card or something like that.

I ripped open the envelope and saw what it was and I was speechless...literally. And then I started laughing. I'm sorry, but all of the loyalty cards in my wallet are better quality than that card. You could duplicate it with a color printer. What's the point of having a social insurance number/card that is so easily lost, damaged, or replicated?! Heck, the tickets I use to ride the train look like they would last longer than that 'card'. Even calling it a card, is kind of funny when I have to cut it out myself. I'm pretty sure my friends and I made cards just like this for our club/sports teams in high school...

Anyway, I won't go on about it anymore...but just so you can see where I'm coming from, we have government identification cards in Canada too.

Here's what the Canadian card looks like:
canada sin card

But we don't use them anywhere other than at the welfare office-that means if we need to get a pension or other financial help from the government. We never EVER show it to a bank or private company or even at a hospital.

In Ontario we have a separate card for going to the doctor or hospital which looks like this:
canada ontario health card
(Obviously there's a smaller version that fits in your pocket...ha ha!)
Now, I'm sure there must be a plan for something a bit more permanent for the Japanese card, right?

Anyway, I've got a number now...how will it change my life? It won't make it any easier, that's for sure. It'll just make it easier for the government to collect their taxes from us...ha ha!

Have a great day!

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