Local newspaper The Japan Times reported on September 2 that recently in Japan, the city of Tsukuba which is located north of Tokyo tested a voting system based on blockchain technology. The city was described by The Japan Times to be a “centre for scientific research” and held the voting trials in late August this year.
According to Cointelegraph Japan, participants had to have a My Number Card in order to vote. Introduced in 2015, a 12-digit ID number is issued to all of Japan’s citizens, including foreign residents
The election was dedicated to several social programs according to the city of Tsukuba’s official website. Residents had a choice to choose from 13 proposed initiatives which they want to support which range from developing a new cancer diagnostic technology, constructing objects for outdoor sports, and creating sound navigation in the city.
Blockchain technology was reportedly used to ensure that there is no meddling in the voting process and also to avoid the falsification of results. In short, to ensure a transparent and fair election.
Tsukuba’s mayor Tatsuo told Japan times that he believes blockchain technology will help solve such issues in elections. He further explained to Japan Times “I had thought [blockchain] would involve more complicated procedures, but I found that it’s minimal and easy.”