[Hot Take] Fujitsu and Sony Successfully Created a Blockchain System to Detect Fake Degrees
Japanese tech-giants Sony and Fujitsu have recently released a joint statement claiming to have been successful in the creation of an encrypted database that could be used by the Japanese government, universities to assess the veracity of educational proficiency documents.
It is being said that this database has been devised using blockchain technology and can be used by owners to
“prevent forgeries of language proficiency documents”
— an issue that has been growing in Japan over the past decade or so because of foreigners trying to receive the nation’s coveted ‘resident-status permit’
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As things stand, any citizen not of Japanese origin needs to qualify a language proficiency exam — so as to successfully migrate and become an “active resident” of the nation.
However, currently, a lot of fake/duplicate certificates are being issued by offshore Japanese educational institutions and are subsequently being circulated widely across Asia.
In relation to the matter, both Fujitsu as well as Sony subsidiary ‘Global Education Inc.’ have come up with a solution that can help language schools “compare certificates with data registered on the blockchain” and easily spot fakes.
Testing for this latest system is all set to start next month. If everything goes as planned, Sony believes that this new system could be rolled out for commercial application as early as April.
Trials and beta testing will be carried out at the Human Academy Co.
As many of our regular readers may remember, a number of universities located in the United States, Europe, and Australia have already implemented similar digital frameworks to fight the circulation of fake degrees.
In a similar vein, sometime back, the Maltese government released a public circular stating that all of the educational certificates of its citizens — including those obtained from the state, private and parochial schools — will henceforth be preserved safely on a blockchain-based platform.
Last but not least, it is also worth remembering that just last month, the University of Bahrain released a blog post stating that all of its diplomas would now be published on the blockchain.