The Japanese city of Tsukuba, north of Tokyo, recently tested a voting system based on blockchain technology, the local newspaper The Japan Times wrote Sunday, September 2
The city, which The Japan Times described as a "center" for scientific research ", held the voting process at the end of August As previously reported by Cointelegraph Japan, to vote the participants had to have My Number Card, a 12-digit identification number issued to all citizens of the Japan included foreign residents, introduced in 2015.
According to the official website of the city of Tsukuba, the election was dedicated to various social programs.The residents could choose which of the 13 proposed initiatives they would like to support, including development of a new cancer diagnosis technology, the construction of objects for outdoor sports and the creation of sound navigation in the city.  Blockchain technology has been used to prevent any type of interference in the voting process and to avoid falsification of results.
As quoted by Cointelegraph Japan, the mayor of Tsukuba, Tatsuo Igarashi, said that technology has helped solve these problems. "I had thought that [blockchain] would have involved more complicated procedures, but I found it to be minimal and easy," he explained to the Japan Times.
The introduction of blockchain technology into electoral processes is currently underway in several cities around the world. The Swiss city of Zug, also known as the "Crypto Valley", successfully completed its first blockchain election in July 2018, according to Cointelegraph. Later, US troops in service abroad were offered to use a blockchain-based smartphone app to take part in federal election votes in the state of West Virginia next November.