Japan's 'My Number' ID card to be available on iPhones

Japanese Prime Minister Kishida Fumio says functions of the "My Number" national identification card will be available on Apple iPhones.

Kishida said he had confirmed this in an online meeting with Apple CEO Tim Cook on Thursday.

My Number functions have been available on Android smartphones since last year. Apple's decision is expected to create more chances for people to use their cards.

Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary Hayashi Yoshimasa told a news conference on Thursday that the government is working to expand usage of the system.

Hayashi said My Number cards can identify people both online and in person.

He said the cards are widely used to apply for administrative procedures and for health insurance and library services.

The chief government spokesperson added that the My Number card is an important tool in disaster and emergency situations.