New Online Voting System Introduced in Tsukuba

Politics

Tsukuba, Ibaraki Pref., Sept. 2 (Jiji Press)--A new online voting system based on Japan's My Number identification system and so-called blockchain technology has been introduced in the city of Tsukuba, Ibaraki Prefecture, northeast of Tokyo.

Tsukuba, which hosts many scientific research institutions, is the first in the country to introduce such an online voting system, according to the city government.

The system allows a voter to cast a ballot on a computer display after placing his or her own My Number card on a card reader. Blockchain technology is used to prevent voting data from being falsified or read.

The voting system has been used for a selection process for proposals on social contribution projects using cutting-edge technologies.

"I had thought it would involve more complicated procedures, but I found that it's minimal and easy," Tsukuba Mayor Tatsuo Igarashi said after casting a vote using the system.

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