Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry and OpenID Foundation in Liaison Agreement on eKYC & IDA for Legal Entities

Published February 6, 2021
The OpenID Foundation (OIDF), the international standards development organization which maintains the OpenID Connect for Identity Assurance (OIDC4IDA) standard, and the Japanese Government’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) have signed a liaison agreement to work together. Under the agreement, METI will lead policy efforts to implement identity assurance frameworks for legal entities in Japanese Government and private sector while the OIDF's eKYC & Identity Assurance (eKYC & IDA) Working Group continues to advance the technical standards that enable many digital identity solutions. The agreement:
  • Provides a mechanism to collaborate "about Authentication and Identity Assurance for Legal Entity", mutually approved white papers, workshops ,podcasts  and other outreach activities;
  • Allows participation of each party’s staff and members in the other party’s meetings, as mutually agreed;
  • Provides for direct  communications to communicate (without obligation and only to the extent each party chooses) about new work and upcoming meetings; 
  • Supports common goals, including where appropriate and mutually agreed, to Specifications of Authentication and Identity Assurance for Legal Entity. 
METI’s digital identity platform for legal entities, ‘gBizID’, facilitates digital transformations in both the government and private sectors by providing verified identities to relying parties to secure online transactions. The OpenID Foundation’s Working Groups are distinguished by identity domain experts,  security architects, developers representing the interests of a broad range of communities and companies. They have a history of success developing open standards that enable customers to safely interact in digital channels. The OIDF’s eKYC & IDA Working Group has collaborated to produce the OpenID Connect for Identity Assurance, which is an integrated set of schemas, security and privacy recommendations and protocols which enable parties to safely transfer verified claims to verify identities online. The OIDC4IDA will be the starting point for the government and private sectors in Japanese markets seeking to reduce complexity, risk and engineering costs. The goal is to make it easier for firms to connect and test their APIs. METI’s experience and expertise on the identity assurance for legal entities will help those who design and deploy governance models for digital identity systems at scale worldwide.   About Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) METI is a part of Japanese Government to develop Japan’s economy and industry by focusing on promoting economic vitality in private companies and smoothly advancing external economic relationships, and to secure stable and efficient supply of energy and mineral resources. For more information on METI contact Tatsuya Hayashi,   About OpenID Foundation (OIDF) The OpenID Foundation promotes, protects and nurtures the OpenID community and technologies. It is a non-profit international standardization organization of individuals and companies committed to enabling, promoting and protecting OpenID technologies. Formed in June 2007, the foundation serves as a public trust organization representing the open community of developers, vendors, and users. The OIDF assists the community by providing needed infrastructure and help in promoting and supporting expanded adoption of OpenID. This entails managing intellectual property and brand marks as well as fostering viral growth and global participation in the proliferation of OpenID. For more information on OIDF contact Don Thibeau at For more information on OIDF’s eKYC & IDA Working Group contact Naohiro Fujie at or Mark Haine at