This project aims to contribute to the spread of blockchain technology and the sound development of the industry, as well as to Mercari’s business, as we work to help shape domestic and international rules and an environment that will allow blockchain to be used safely and securely. The project is based on the knowledge acquired through the exploration of new research topics, as well as blockchain technology and its application, industry trends, and the study and analysis of incidents.
On April 28, 2021, Mercari Group established Mercoin, Inc. to work on planning and developing services related to cryptoassets and blockchain technologies. New applications for blockchain technology emerge daily and at a rapid pace, and incidents also occur frequently. To provide a safe and secure service that uses blockchain technology to create new value, we will continue to make use of the latest technological developments and industry trends as well as the studies and analysis of incidents that have occurred. It can also be said that the rules regarding the usage of blockchain are still under development. Blockchain business is closely associated with technology, and therefore a technological perspective is indispensable to the shaping of suitable industry rules. Based on our studies and analysis, Mercari will contribute to the creation of an environment that allows users to use blockchain safely and securely, and also contribute to the sound development of the industry. Moreover, we will work to explore such topics as proof of concepts, technical developments, and research while anticipating the launch of new projects in order to utilize blockchain technologies for new value exchange and value creation, aiming to create circular value.
Joined the Cryptoassets Governance Task Force (CGTF), a research society composed of security specialists and representatives of cryptoasset exchange operators, that aims to contribute to formulating safety measure standards to manage risks for user/consumer protections.
Joined the WG3 work group engaged in the planning and development of digital token identifiers (DTI) for the technical committee SC 8, which handles number and code systems in order to facilitate data identification for the ISO TC68 Financial Services committee. The committee is in charge of the international standardization of financial information tech at the International Organization for Standardization (ISO).
Organized the only blockchain-related workshop held at the 2019 meeting of the Asian Pacific Regional Internet Governance Forum (APrIGF). At this workshop, Asia stakeholders discussed a number of topics including incidents involving virtual currency exchanges, security measures from the perspective of the tech community, the perspectives of multi-stakeholder governance and authorities for distributed finance, and the potential and risks of Libra as a new virtual currency platform.
Article authored by researcher Seiyo Kurita published on xTECH, a Nikkei Shimbun publication: “The Challenge of Key Management in the Context of Fraudulent Transfers Seen at Solana”
Blockchain technology research of Mercari R4D mentioned in a story published on xTECH: ‘“This Is the Road We Should Take”—Merpay CEO Aoyagi on Why His Company Launched Into the Cryptoassets Business’
Interview with researcher Seiyo Kurita published as Mercan article: ‘Mercari R4D Members Aim to Create “A World Where Rights Are Interchangeable” #GifuCityCivilServantMercari1on1s’
Interview with researcher Seiyo Kurita published on Coindesk JAPAN: ‘What a Proposal for a Cabinet Office Ordinance on “Cryptoassets Custody” Did and Did Not Clarify—Mercari Researcher Seiyo Kurita’
Study conducted by researcher Seiyo Kurita titled “Study into the state of cryptocurrency wallets in Japan” reported on in a HEDGE GUIDE article: “Study into the state of cryptocurrency wallets in Japan—Announced by Mercari Engineer Seiyo Kurita”