Japanese national ID system greeted with resistance

privacy       2002-08-06 
Technical glitches and grass-roots resistance atypical of Japan accompanied the debut yesterday of the country's first national identification system, a registry designed to battle bureaucracy by centralizing personal data.
The system will assign an 11-digit identification number to each of Japan's 126 million citizens much like the U.S. Social Security number and gather basic information on each in a networked central database: name, address, sex and birth date.