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Japan steps up push to get public buy-in to digital IDs

Japan has stepped up its push to catch up on digitization by telling a reluctant public they have to sign on or possibly lose access to their public health insurance. The My Number initiative aims to get the devoutly analog country to go digital by assigning numbers to people, similar to Social Security numbers in the U.S. or ID cards in many other countries. The system kicked in from 2016, linking the numbers to taxes and pensions, but it never fully caught on. Now Japanese are being told to apply for plastic microchip-equipped My Number cards to link to drivers licenses and health insurance cards. The existing system is to be phased out in two years.

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New names for Fort Bragg, 8 other Army bases recommended

Fort Bragg would become Fort Liberty. Fort Gordon would be Fort Eisenhower. And, for the first time, Army bases would be named after Black soldiers and women. An independent commission on Tuesday recommended new names for nine Army posts that now commemorate Confederate officers.

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