Authorities in Kaga City, which is located in the Ishikawa Prefecture of Japan, are now using a blockchain-powered application called Local Government Form Electronic Application (LoGo) to run the city’s key administrative procedures, according to a press release on August 13, 2020.
City Operations on the Blockchain
In a bid to make life easier for residents, while also simplifying the operations of the local government, authorities in Kagawa city have officially rolled out a distributed ledger technology application (DLT).
Named Local Government Form Electronic Application (LoGo), the blockchain-based app makes it possible for residents to carry out various administrative procedures right from their smartphone, anywhere they may be, provided they also have the xID app installed and a My Number card. The solution also allows government officials to easily verify the identity of citizens without meeting them face-to-face.
It’s worth noting that LoGo has been in the works since May 2020, when Kaga City inked a partnership deal with Trust Bank and xID (formerly Blockhive), a startup focused on creating blockchain identity solutions, as part of larger plans to promote digitization and automation of its processes amid rapid population decline and aging.
Promoting Efficiency with DLT
For those who are unaware, the My Number card was rolled out in 2015 and it functions as the nation’s social security and tax identity card. In order to accelerate the adoption of the My Number card, the Kaga City has hinted that it has been giving out 5,000 yen (roughly $48.80) gift certificates to each new applicant of the card.
Kaga City officials said the incentive is yielding the desired result so far, as the number of residents that have applied for the My Number card now exceeds what’s obtainable at the national level.
The team hopes the new blockchain application will significantly reduce the time required for residents to apply for certain government services since they can now do it right from their smartphones or PCs. The team hopes the application will promote the efficiency of government work processes and more.
In related news, BTCManager informed earlier in June 2020 that Japanese lenders are now looking to tap blockchain technology for digital payments interoperability.
Last May, Media Do Holdings, a top e-book company in Japan integrated blockchain technology into its processes and used it for distribution of e-books amid the COVID-19 pandemic.