“Meina Points” Start Cashless Point Reduction September 1 4:41
For people who have a My Number Card, the “Minea Points” system, in which up to 5000 yen worth of points is returned through cashless payments, will start on the first day.
As part of the economic measures associated with the consumption tax hike, Minea Points is a system in which 25% of the usage amount is returned as a point that can be used for shopping when using cashless payment services, starting on the first day.
The maximum amount of point reduction is 5000 yen, and during the period until the end of March next year, until the total amount of shopping and charge in the payment service is 20,000 yen, it is a form that can receive a return.
In order to use, you need to apply in advance on the Internet using your My Number Card and choose only one of more than 100 payment services, such as credit cards and electronic money, to receive point returns.
The Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications calls on people who do not have a My Number Card to obtain and apply by the end of the year.
The government expects that the number of My Number Cards issued will be more than 60 million by the end of March next year, depending on the Minea Points system, but by the end of last month, more than 3.7 million people have completed applications for the system, and only 24.5 million cards have been issued.
Some have pointed out that the system has not been well-known or that the application process is complicated, and the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications wants to put more effort into public relations activities.
Applications are on an individual basis.
If you have a My Number Card, you can apply for “Minea Points” regardless of age or nationality.
The application is to be made on an individual basis, but if the child is under the age of 15, the parent or other person can perform the procedure on his/her behalf.
In that case, the payment service that receives the point can also choose the one in the parent’s name, but it must be different from the payment service chosen by the parent to receive his or her points.
The period of the system is until March 31 next year, and there is no return of points even if you use the payment service after the period has passed, but you can continue to use the points you have acquired.
How to apply
This is the procedure for applying for “Minea Points”.
To apply, you need a smartphone or a computer connected to a card reader that has the function to read the information of your My Number Card, the smartphone is a dedicated app, and the computer is a dedicated home page, respectively.
The procedure is in two stages.
First, read the information on your My Number Card and enter your 4-digit PIN.
The PIN is set up by you when you receive the card.
If you make a mistake three times in a row, the lock will be locked, you will need to re-set the number at the window of the city where the resident card is located, and the same procedure is necessary if you forget your PIN number.
Next, select the cashless payment service where you will receive points.
There are 109 types of payment services, such as credit cards, electronic money such as transportation, QR code payment of smartphones, etc., and only one can be selected.
When you make a selection, you need to enter the ID and security code of the payment service, and once you select it, you cannot make any subsequent changes.
Finally, read your My Number Card again and enter your 4-digit PIN to complete the procedure.
If you do not have the necessary equipment to apply, you can apply at the “Mainer Point Procedure Spot” established by the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications in various places.
There are more than 90,000 “Spots” in total, including offices and post offices in approximately 1500 municipalities, convenience stores such as Seven-Eleven and Lawson stores, and mobile phone companies such as KDDI, NTT DOCOMO, and SoftBank.
Businesses’ own campaigns
Under the “Meina Points” system, users are required to select only one cashless payment service that receives point returns, so some payment service providers have launched their own campaigns to acquire users.
According to what the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications has heard from business operators, of the 109 payment services participating in the system, approximately 40 have launched their own campaigns so far.
In the campaign, there are various things such as those that further increase the return rate of points from 25% of the country, and those that provide a certain point to the person who chose the payment service of the company, and the details can be confirmed on the homepage of each business operator.
On the other hand, there are places where local governments have come up with their own measures to allow local governments to shop using the system.
In Osaka Kishiwada City and Miki City, Hyogo Prefecture, when shopping in the city through a payment service affiliated with the city, we will add up to 5000 yen worth of points separately from the national return.
In addition, in Nishi Izu-cho, Shizuoka Prefecture, we will return up to 5000 yen worth of points to people who shop with their own electronic money that can be used in the town.