▶ Japan has the family register and resident card systems for identification of people. The family register system registers people by family units. This register is like the birth, marriage, and divorce certificates of North America. To make a passport, a Japanese person needs a copy of their register.
▶ The resident card is a record of where we live. This is used, for example, for voting in an election. A card is made for each person and kept at the local government office.
▶ The Basic Resident Network is made from the resident cards. It has the role of putting registered information together.