Tsukuba – the leading city of science in Japan has introduced the country’s first ever blockchain technology based voting system, The Japan Times reported last Sunday. The vote was held at the end of August, in Tsukuba – Japanese city located in the north of Tokyo.
The system of the vote was built around the My Number – a 12-digit ID number system released in 2015, that is issued to each and every citizen and resident living in Japan.
The subject of the voting was dedicated to variety of social programs.
Participants of the election had 13 different initiatives to choose which one they would prefer to support, for example improvement in the cancer technology, building a sound navigation system or investing in new public sport equipments in the city.
The mayor of Tsukuba, Tasuo Igarashi was satisfied how the experimental voting went.
On interview with Japan Times he stated: “I had thought [blockchain] would involve more complicated procedures, but I found that it’s minimal and easy.”
Blockchain technology is spreading its wings among election processes in different cities all around the world. In July, 2018, The Swiss city of Zug, so called “Crypto Valley” had its first blockchain election. Last March the citizens of Sierra Leone voted in election, where 70% of the votes were recorded on blockchain based platform.
Later on August In the U.S, The county of West Virginia offered a decentralized mobile voting app for the residents who are living overseas to make the participation much easier. Needless to say, Blockchain is set to revolutionize the transparency of elections worldwide.
Author: Sarah Tuuli