The Japan-based multinational conglomerate Sony and the IT equipment services firm Fujitsu have recently partnered up and created an encrypted database for educational proficiency documents – a move that is everywhere in the crypto news today.
According to reports from The Asahi Shimbun, the database employs blockchain technology and is used to prevent forgeries of language proficiency documents – which some foreigners use to receive resident status and study in Japan.
The foreigners must submit a Japanese language proficiency certificate to the Immigration Bureau so that they can receive a resident status to study in Japan. The certificates are issued by Japanese institutions abroad – and are submitted by Japanese language schools on behalf of institutions overseas.
The two tech firms have created this platform in a partnership that uses Fujitsu’s online learning system with a blockchain that was developed by Sony’s subsidiary Sony Global Education Inc. – where language schools can compare certificates with data registered on the blockchain and therefore verify that the documents are authentic.
Sony and Fujitsu will test the platform in March, before deploying it for real-world use which is expected to occur in April this year. The trial will take place at Human Academy Co. which is an organization that runs Japanese language schools in Osaka, Saga and Tokyo.
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