Even in the so-called “Crypto Asset Winter,” the movement around Web3 is active. We look back on the main movements in Japan every month.
bitFlyer Blockchain “web3 research 2023” released
On January 1st, bitFlyer Blockchain announced the release of “web3 Research 2023,” a comprehensive summary of Web3 concepts and service examples. The 11-chapter, 255-page report covers key Web3 themes such as Web3, wallets, NFTs, GameFi and X to earn, and DeFi.
Sota Watanabe’s Aster Launches Web3 Business Development and Consulting ─ New Company Startale Labs Established
Astar Network, a public blockchain led by Sota Watanabe, will start developing Dapps (distributed apps) and infrastructure, and providing Web3 business consulting to large companies. It announced on January 5 that it had established a new company, Startale Labs, for that purpose.
Mr. Sota Watanabe is appointed as CEO, and it is based in Singapore, but plans to establish a subsidiary “Startale Labs Japan” in Japan in January.
Launched “Ginco Web3 Cloud”, an all-in-one Web3 cloud infrastructure
Ginco announced on January 6 that it has started offering “Ginco Web3 Cloud”, an all-in-one cloud infrastructure service that allows companies to develop Web3 services quickly and simply.
Web3 services require blockchain-specific systems such as wallets, nodes, and explorers to be built and incorporated into the service. Ginco Web3 Cloud provides these all-in-one, enabling the quick and simple introduction of the functions required for Web3 service development, enabling the realization of more attractive Web3 services.
Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry Holds Second Demonstration Event for Web3 Creator Economy
On January 12th, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry announced that it would hold a “Metaverse Fashion Contest” as the second event in the “Research Project Related to the Creation of a Creator Economy in the Web 3.0 Era” announced last July.
Rather than creating all content from scratch, the aim is to “organize the rights relationships when combining existing avatars and VR objects whose rights are owned by third parties.” We plan to collect feedback from participating creators and publish the results after the end of the project.
Establishment of “Local Government Web 3.0 Corner” at Local Government Comprehensive Fair 2023
On January 12, the Japan Management Association announced that it will establish a new “Local Government Web 3.0 Corner” at the “Local Government Comprehensive Fair 2023”, a comprehensive exhibition of solutions for local governments and administrations.
The “Local Government Fair 2023” will be held from May 17th (Wednesday) to 19th (Friday) at the Tokyo Big Sight.
Dentsu Group Launches NFT Demonstration Experiment “Eshi Collection”
Dentsu Group’s R&D organization “Dentsu Innovation Initiative” will draw a completely new illustration based on a certain theme on January 23 as the first step in its efforts to explore a new fan economy in the entertainment content area for the Web3 era. Announced the start of the co-creation community “Eshi Collection”.
In commemoration of the 60th anniversary of the founding of Tatsunoko Production Co., Ltd., this “Eshi Collection” aims to create new fans and loyalty using the popular character “Doronjo” that Tatsunoko Production is proud of.
Web 3.0 world where craftsmen want to enter “GO Hey!” Project started
Tobishima Construction, Next Field, and UPBOND announced on January 24 that they had started a project to introduce advanced Web3 solutions in the construction industry, “GO Hey!”.
In the construction industry, the rapid promotion of DX is demanded, and the use of ICT at construction sites is beginning to progress, mainly among prime contractors. However, there are situations where it cannot be said that DX has permeated the skilled workers themselves who are engaged in work at construction sites.
In response to these challenges, “GO Hey!” aims to reduce the burden on skilled workers by using Web3 technology. For example, you can get points (tokens) by contacting, reporting, entering and leaving, daily work reports, and KY entries, and you can exchange the accumulated points (tokens) for products on affiliated EC services and affiliated points.
“SBI Web3 Wallet” service started
On January 25, SBI VC Trade and SBINFT announced the launch of the “SBI Web3 Wallet” service. With this service, “SBINFT Market” will enable on-chain NFT trading with only Japanese yen.
“SBI Web3 Wallet” adopts “Ginco Web3 Cloud”, an all-in-one cloud infrastructure provided by Ginco. It realizes ease of use, such as an immediate yen conversion function, as if you were trading NFTs only in Japanese yen, as well as high stability and safety.
According to the release, in the NFT business on the public chain, it is the first service in Japan that allows you to buy and sell NFTs without directly holding crypto assets.
Oasys listed on bitbank for the first time in Japan
Game-focused blockchain Oasys announced on January 31 that it has decided to list its native crypto asset Oasis (OAS) on the crypto asset exchange bitbank.
Oasys is a game-related crypto asset project from Japan that specializes in developing blockchain games. In December last year, five overseas crypto asset exchanges listed Oasis (OAS). This is the first listing on a domestic cryptocurrency exchange.
DMM.com establishes “DM2C Studio” for full-scale entry into Web3
DMM.com announced on January 23 that it will establish a new company “DM2C Studio” for Web3 business. We aim to build a Web3 platform centered on our own tokens, making use of the knowledge we have cultivated in the entertainment field such as games, anime, and manga, as well as the development and management of web services that we have cultivated so far.
As the first step, we will start developing GameFi, which is scheduled to be released around the summer of 2023.
Started joint study for the world’s first “sake token” issuance: Mitsubishi UFJ Trust and SBI Traceability
On January 31, Mitsubishi UFJ Trust and Banking Corporation and SBI Traceability Co., Ltd. announced that they will be able to clearly link individual products at the “Digital Asset Co-Creation Consortium (DCC)” sponsored by Mitsubishi UFJ Trust and Banking. We will set up a “Sake Token Working Group (WG)” aiming to create a foundation for “Traceable NFT” that can clearly indicate that it is “, and to issue a “Sake Token” for the purpose of solving problems in the sake industry, and will start considering it. Announced.
The WG aims to realize individual projects for “sake tokens” within 2023, and also aims to use “traceable NFT” for purposes other than sake.
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