Japanese authorities are looking into using Bitcoin’s blockchain technology to better manage their property and real estate records.
State of Bitcoin in Japan
Since the MT.GOX hacking incident, the Japanese government has carefully tried to properly regulate the bitcoin trading market in the whole country.
In April 2017, the Japanese government passed a ‘Bitcoin Regulation Law’, which forced all bitcoin exchanges in Japan to properly implement know-your-customer (KYC) and anti-money laundering (AML) mandates.
In addition the passed law would declare bitcoin as legal tender with major Japanese and international retailers backing the new law.
According to a recent Nikkei financial report, the Japanese government is looking into upgrading their current real-estate systems, using blockchain technology, one of the key components of Bitcoin.
The official Justice and Land ministry is using their own independent property registries for taxation purposes.
The Japanese government is estimates that around 230 million plots and 50 million buildings are registered across the country.
A New Blockchain-Based Registry
Japanese officials and ministries are proposing using blockchain technology in order to more effectively collect, manage and update real-estate data, while also preventing any tampering.
The lack of sufficient and updated data has been a major problem for the Japanese authorities, since a lot of ownership cases were not able to be properly solved because of insufficient data.
Furthermore, a blockchain-based registry would allow authorities to better upkeep real-estate property transactions and boost recovery efforts of properties, in-case of a natural disaster like the famous tsunami of 2011.
The Upcoming Trial
The Japanese land ministry has expressed the will to launch a trial version of the new system in the summer of 2018.
A few selected cities will be chosen for this trial period.
The Japanese authorities hope that this system will be proven to be an effective and efficient way for property-registry.
With a successful trial, the Japanese government is looking into rolling-out this system nationwide within the upcoming 5 years.
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